Every piece in the store is hand-selected, and each item tells a story. Bec and Fiona take pride in knowing the history and significance of the shop’s reclaimed and restored wares, and in having personally met the artists, craftspeople and families who produce the new product, maintaining ongoing partnerships. Sandalwood is able to give back to the regions in which it works by donating to charities that benefit the community.
The shopping trips include destinations such as India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Morocco. By drawing from a wide range of suppliers across a number of countries, and combining new wares with old, Sandalwood stylings are joyfully diverse, full of personality and individuality. The range on offer includes clothing, textiles and soft furnishings, furniture, kitchenware, and accessories, toys, jewellery. Many items are one-offs – never to be repeated.
Through their hard work, Bec and Fiona are creating ‘a life less ordinary’ for not only their customers but also for themselves, while supporting the livelihoods of artists, families and communities abroad – a rare shopping experience in today’s world.