Décor & Gardening
‘I started with only R400’
From antique suitcases to old drinks cabinets, you are sure to find an exquisite collection of unique furniture pieces under this roof! Owner and founder, Joe Strydom, lives for giving old pieces new life by up-cycling them with a myriad amazing and wonderful modern painting techniques.
Despite being in business for only eight years, Trouvé has undergone a few exciting changes and expansions … We popped in to get the latest …
The new shop is the expansion of Trouvé. The company grew from our living room, to our hallway, later filled up my photography studio, and has now grown into a stand-alone store. This allows us to offer people a greater variety of carefully curated items, ranging from furniture and décor to gifts and what we like to call ‘cool junk’.
Our new venture is Café Trouvé. It’s based on the fabulous ‘coffee bars’ that we saw in Europe, which offer a grab-and-go convenience while shopping. We will also have space available for intimate events such as baby showers, tea parties and birthdays.
I started this business with only R400. I have always bought and up-cycled pieces for my own home, simply because I have champagne taste on a soda-water budget. I couldn’t afford the gorgeous pieces at the designer stores, and I don’t like things from chain stores. One day, while at a second-hand shop with my mom (I got my passion from her), I spotted a ball-and-claw display cabinet, and immediately fell in love with it. I remembered a friend was looking for one, so I took R400 from my salary and bought it, with the intention of selling it. After I’d painted it, she offered me R1 200 and
I tripled my investment! I reinvested the money, and the whole company has grown from that initial R400.
Our core offering will always be up-cycled items, but our bigger space allows us to offer our clients a wider variety. We also now offer a decorating and a bespoke painting service. We can also source any specific item through our network of pickers.
Some of our most popular items include tennis racket mirrors, and our uniquely painted furniture. We currently have a hand- painted Union Jack cabinet and a stunning French display unit.
Our shop is an eclectic mix of décor and furniture, with a distinct French flair. We painted the walls to look like an old chateau. It’s very important to make customers feel at home in our shop! We want them to spend time discovering the gems we have on offer.
We are very excited to become the area stockists for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Not only will we stock all the fabulous products, but we will also present paint workshops, where people can learn the tips and tricks of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Besides painting and up-cycling, I also enjoy photography. Sadly, I had to give up my photography studio, when Trouvé grew from our house into the studio space, but we have created a dedicated photography studio at our new shop, where I offer a variety of photographic services. Check out Joe Strydom Photography on Facebook.
5 tips on how to shop for great antiques …
1. Go shopping with a goal in mind – know which pieces you are looking for (bedside tables, a wardrobe or a vanity) and don’t get distracted.
2. Do some research – The internet is full of inspiration. Once you know what item you are looking for, get inspired on how to style it, and imagine what it will look like in your space.
3. It’s all about the curves – Don’t be put off a piece by looking at the colour (you can always paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!). Rather look at the shape and condition of the piece. Also know how much work it would take to get it up to your standard. Don’t want to DIY? We can help.
4. Haggle – When buying second-hand items, there is usually room to haggle, although this takes some practice, and you have to be able to read the other person. Start off by asking if the price is negotiable.
5. Buy what you like – Don’t be too conscious of trends or the age of a piece; simply buy it if you connect with it.
6. Bonus tip – The best time to buy it is when you see it! I have lost out on some items, just because I waited too long before trying to buy them.
Visit them at 118 Long Road, Newlands, www.trouveza.co.za or like their Facebook page Trouvé.
Get it JHB West – July 2018