Sturminster Newton is always a great place to come and have a browse; potter round our niche shops, pubs and cafés. SturAction is the Community Benefit Society which runs a number of shops in town – the profits of which all gets funnelled straight back into supporting the town and its people.
If you haven’t visited yet, then start your visit with a wander round 1855, the new artisan’s market in the former NatWest Bank. There are over 40 local traders offering a range of wares – there’s a new treasure to find on every visit! From Sunday 16th April, 1855 will be opening on Sundays 11-3 too.
On the opposite street to 1855, The Boutique is filled with pre-loved good quality ladies and children’s clothes and accessories. The stock is ever-changing – check back regularly, you might just pick up a pair of Prada shoes… (see image right). It’s always a first port of call when you want a fun upgrade of your wardrobe (or apparently a designer bargain!).
The Emporium and Art Gallery, just along from 1855 are a deep treasure trove of interesting pre-loved item; all at very reasonable prices, as it’s all donated goods.
A sorely-needed source of pre-loved men’s clothing in the town can be found inside he Emporium; known as the Dapper Chaps Gentleman’s Boutique.
At the far end of the town, The Furniture Store is in the old Barclays Bank building – and it’s filled with pre-loved furniture at knock down prices, ready to furnish an empty corner or to take on for an upcycling project (donations are always welcome).
Meet the traders
There is a special late night opening at 1855 on the last Friday of every month, when the shop stays open until 8pm. There may be wine tasting, some of the artists, traders and makers will be present to talk to and it is rapidly building into a regular social evening in the town.