WELCOME TO TINKER & TOAD
Where the antique meets the modern and the vintage nestles with the contemporary.
We are a family run business based in the heart of Sussex. We pride ourselves on giving a personal, friendly and professional shopping experience.
“We have a love of the antique, a thirst for the modern and an eye for the future.”
Our aim is to retail something for everyone. Something a little different or a little unique. We sell a wide range of furnishings for the home. We feature antique, vintage and modern items including bespoke furniture, lighting, mirrors, clocks, soft furnishings, rugs, gifts and art to name a few. We are always happy to try and source that rare or special piece to help you create the look you aspire to. What ever we can do for you, we will treat you the way we would wish to be treated, so come visit us, online, at the shop or simply drop us a line and say hello!
How we came about…
Tinker & Toad was born October 2015. We had previously rented space with Patsy and Clive who owned the shop in its previous life as Toad Hall for around 14 years. Clive decided to semi-retire and kindly offered us the keys. Patsy & Clive had built up a solid customer base over their twenty years which has helped us immensely.
So here the lies the clue as to how we came up with the new name. With my love of antiques dating back to the late 80’s from my time at Sotheby’s the fine art auctioneers, I later ended up in the City as a broker. Colleagues used to love my stories of trips all over the country to fairs and country house sales, from the Scottish Highlands down to deepest Cornwall and over the Irish Sea and channel. One particular work mate used to call me Tinker. Maybe it was after Tinker from the famous TV show Lovejoy or maybe my Irish roots who knows..I never asked! “Oi Milo are you tinkering at the weekend?” he’d shout across the trading floor. So there you have it, the Tinker joined the Toad!
Where we are going…
So what do we hope to achieve with this new venture you may ask? I would like us to become one of the most popular and loved shops in Sussex and even if I say so myself, the feedback since we have opened has been most heartening. We are a family run firm, myself Miles, along with my wife Alison and our two teenage sons Aran and Conor, who muck in when needed. They’re the two herberts on the right!
I love good customer service, whether I’m in a shop or a restaurant, so I really hope that customers will arrive a stranger and leave a friend. I really want to serve my customers and make sure we can provide them with that special care and assistance. To treat them in a way we ourselves would wish to be treated.
What we sell…
We stock a good range of furniture, from bespoke handmade to vintage and antique. Wardrobes, drawers, mirrors, trunks, tables and chairs to name a few. With the soft furnishings to dress them with lovely wool throws, hand woven jute rugs, sheep skins, cow hides and cushions. If we haven’t got what you want in stock then you can browse through our hand picked suppliers catalogues in store. We can even source that special antique you’ve always wished for!