Bring + Buy

The Garage Sale is coming to the ICA next month, offering punters the chance to snap up a range of products from top designers. We asked organisers George Wu and Sara Melin to share their five favourites from all the lovely stuff on sale...

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The Garage Sale isn't your average sample sale or Christmas market—in fact, it's neither of those. Instead, it's a carefully curated shop full of products created by talented designers from all over the UK. The store offers a selection of creations from past seasons, returns or unique work-in-progress samples at a lower price—it's a great opportunity to get your hands on goods from some of your favourite designers and artists that aren't usually available for purchase by the public. This year, The Garage Sale will be setting up shop in the ICA Theatre space from 1-2 December, selling work from over ninety designers, with products including homeware, illustration, jewellery, ceramics, photography and graphic design. We asked Sara Melin and George Wu, organisers of The Garage Sale and founders of pop-up favourite The Poundshop, to share their pick of the designers and products on sale...

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Kate Gibb
George remembers buying the Chemical Brothers’ Surrender album back in university, and instantly becoming a fan of Kate Gibb’s silkscreen style. We are very excited that she is joining us this year. Fans should definitely pop down for their chance to grab some classic work at an unbelievably great price!

Touching Elbows Test Print: £50

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Kate Trouw
We saw Kate’s work for the first time at London Design Week in September. She describes her beautiful, sculptural pieces as “playful jewellery for everyday wear.” We were instantly drawn to her products. Often, we are asked how we manage to encourage designers to submit to the shop, and not many realise we actually go on the hunt for them. Visiting markets, exhibitions and also trawling the web, trying to find people whose work we would feel proud to have in the shop—and this is definitely the feeling we have with Kate!

Bound Necklace: £40

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Alec Doherty
Any beer fan has undoubtedly seen the wonderful Partizan beer labels created by illustrator Alex Doherty. With humour and style, they really stand out at the bar. Sara had not seen these before, but some items don't take long to fall in love with.

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L’Etabli London
A photographer and architect duo who run a micro 3D printing workshop, L’Etabli use this cozy space to experiment and develop their own ideas, ranging from lighting to desk tidies. With their clean lines and a warm colour palette, we’re very excited to have them join us for the first time this year.

Ball Ornaments: £1

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Scout Editions
Scout Editions is a regular of ours who has joined us for many of our Poundshops, and we are delighted to have her for The Garage Sale. It is great to see how her range has grown over the years, expanding from cards and prints to homeware and accessories season after season. The Garage Sale was created with our regulars in mind, knowing that past season stock can mount up over the years with no easy outlet.

Cards: £1
Supersize Yellow Songbird print: £40

The Garage Sale is open at the ICA London from Friday 2 - Saturday 3 December, from 11am until 6pm, with a special opening night event on Thursday 1 December from 6pm until 10 pm. Entry to the sale is only £1—don't miss it!