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Secretaire - our value to creative souls


A woman wearing a Mickey Mouse tshirt kneeling in a Tokyo antique market to browse the stall owner's wares


Here’s a fact – there are many shops (and individuals) selling what you need. At different, and occasionally lower, prices.  Why should you, as a discerning shopper, shop at our store?

 

Because we don’t only buy to sell.

 

1. Sourcing Unique Items

At Secretaire, we don’t merely stock shelves; we curate experiences. Each item—whether a pretty charm, useful tool, hand-painted silk scarf or a vintage typewriter—has been carefully chosen. We carefully select pieces that resonate with customers’ tastes and needs. Our discerning eye sifts through countless options, seeking pieces that provide inspiration and evoke nostalgia. When you purchase from us, you’re not just buying an object; you’re acquiring a slice of our passion and dedication.


2. More choice for your Rands

At Secretaire we celebrate the beauty of choice. We offer charms and paperclips as singles, sticker packs with no doubles, laces per meter and mixed vintage paper packs. We offer variety! You can assembly a medley of items for the same rand value of what that standard pack of 10 charms (when you only need one!) would’ve cost you. A section of lace and a single charm can create a beautiful, personalised bookmark for a special person.


3. Supporting Local Entrepreneurs

Our shop supports independent creators, other small-scale entrepreneurs, South African wholesalers and local charity shops.  By supporting us you contribute to a thriving ecosystem—one where creativity can flourish.

 

4. Personalised Service

Although we are an online shop, we pride ourselves on a personal touch. We share crafting tips and listen to project ideas. Our expertise and passion create a warm and welcoming environment, fostering a sense of community among fellow creatives. As passionate journalers, we don’t just sell the items, we love using them too!


5. Product Testing

Before an item graces our shelves, we handle it! From taking our own product images to ensure the veracity of size and production material used to testing the durability of tools, inks and glues. We want our customers to receive reliable supplies.


6. Handling Customer Issues

When a customer faces a snag in their project, we’re there to troubleshoot. Whether it’s a missing bead or a faulty tool, we are always ready to address issues promptly.


7. Time-Saving Convenience

Secretaire is a treasure trove for hobbyists. Instead of hopping from store to store, customers can find just about everything they need under one roof. From high quality Japanese inks to vintage lace trim, our diverse inventory saves time and fuels creativity! If you’re looking for something and we don’t stock it, just ask! We love expanding our inventory and matching customers to special items.


8. Vintage Finds

Secretaire’s collection of vintage items takes customers on a nostalgic journey. Each piece has a story—a forgotten book, a delicate porcelain teacup, or a retro sewing pattern. These treasures evoke memories and inspire new creations.

We are well-known for our fun and fantastic vintage car bazaar carboot sales! We have husbands and wives teaming up to be the quickest claimant, friends who shop on behalf of each other, shoppers with multiple devices open to make sure they don’t miss out on any bargains and then some shoppers who are just lucky and blessed to have fast fingers!

 

9. Flexible Payment Options

At Secretaire, we understand that every artist’s financial situation is as unique as their creations. That’s why we offer flexible payment options, ensuring that your creative pursuits are both enjoyable and accessible. Here’s how we make it easier for you:


  1. Build-a-Basket Option:

  • With our Build-a-Basket option, you can add items to your order throughout the month. Whether you spot a beautiful fabric that inspires your next project or a roll of P.E.T tape that completes your collection, simply claim it via our website or social media pages. At month-end, we consolidate your selections, and voilà—the perfect basket awaits!

  1. Payday Payment Options:

  • We offer payday payment options for both mid-month and month end salaried customers. When payday rolls around, settle your account with us. It’s hassle-free, and you get to enjoy your craft supplies without delay.

  1. Deferred Shipping:

  • Sometimes, the value of your order doesn’t align with shipping costs. Fear not! Our deferred shipping option allows you to settle your account while we hold onto your goodies. Once the shipping cost becomes more reasonable (or you add more items to your basket), we’ll send your treasures on their way. It’s like having a creative savings account!


Choose the payment method that suits your rhythm—whether it’s building your basket over time, syncing with payday, or waiting for shipping to balance out.

 

Secretaire’s five-year journey of curating and growing its offerings is a testament to our dedication and passion. At Secretaire, we’re not just about products; we’re about empowering your artistic journey. Thank you for supporting us to keep inspiring creativity! 🎨✨

 

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