“We’re very particular about what we stock and source our products from all over the world, with a focus on classic, and well-designed goods,” says Deadstock General Store’s Liam Jackson, attempting to capture the zeitgeist of a backstreet homeware shop that is an antithesis to the mass produced, low quality, high quantity retailers that dominate this market today.
Quick to point out there’s no overarching theme, shelves are lined with products the team have fallen in love with. But despite the broad range, Deadstock General Store is nothing if not a coherent work of art inside, its aesthetics best described as apothecary chic, that rustic, wood-lined interior housing a deceptively large and constantly evolving collection of elegant items. All of which were lovingly selected, and are now beautifully displayed.
While the shop celebrates the hard-to-find and avoids anything that could be remotely considered ‘off the shelf’, eagle-eyed customers will recognise a number of extremely sought-after brands in stock. These include Far Eastern ceramic, drink and tableware specialist KINTO From Japan, its history stretching back to the early-1970s; handmade Californian fragrance experts P.F. Candle Co., Studio Arhoj — one of the best interior manufactures from Europe’s interior design capital, Copenhagen — and skin care and wild scent authority Haeckels, based a little closer to home, in the burgeoning artistic enclave of Margate, England.
A place to buy rare gifts for yourself and loved ones, safe in the knowledge there’s very little chance of finding this stuff in many other stores.