Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Souk It and See; How Two Friends Trawl the World for Desirables to Sell in a Party Atmosphere

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Souk It and See; How Two Friends Trawl the World for Desirables to Sell in a Party Atmosphere

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Byline: KATRINA BURROUGHS

THE Travelling Souk began its journey three years ago, when Georgiana Grimston found herself in possession of a box of 200 pairs of men's cashmere socks, given to her by a client of her tailoring company. She had no use for so many, so, when a friend invited her to offload her superfluous socks at "a bit of a charity sale" she was hosting at her home, Georgiana gladly accepted. She says: "I didn't even have time to get them out of the box. They just went. It was such fun, so relaxed and friendly."

Soon afterwards, Georgiana bumped into an old friend, Anna Craven, who was living in Vietnam. Both women had address books full of widely travelled, creative contacts, who had spent years sourcing or designing gorgeous homeware, jewellery and clothes, and the idea of bringing them together for a series of sociable sales was conceived.

They decided to keep the party atmosphere by sticking to a recipe of private houses and small numbers, but to raise the bar in quality and uniqueness of stock. Georgiana describes the result as: "A happy band of small businesses with a charitable element." Last year, the souk raised [pounds sterling]10,000 for charity.

"It doesn't look like your average charity fair organised by committee," says Georgiana. "We collect interesting people with interesting products - the sort of people the host wants in her house for the day." The Travelling Souk started in Georgiana's London home in 2003, with a handful of stallholders; in 2005, 60 traders were involved in sales held in 10 houses, in locations ranging from Dundee to Dorchester and Ludlow to London.

The delicacies on offer at the fairs are as tempting as sin, but prices are angelic - going from stocking fillers on the toy stalls for under a fiver to the most luxurious Vietnamese crimson silk eiderdown for about [pounds sterling]300. …

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