Every good museum has a shop. What makes a good shop is where what is on sale relates to the content of the museum. The Virtual Tea Towel Museum offers visitors some suggestions as to where they might buy tea towels online (Along with other goods), from a reputable source. The disclaimer is that the individual companies/online shops are responsible for sales and service, not the Virtual Tea Towel Museum. However, you will see tea towels in the Collections from all these places. The Virtual Tea Towel Museum receives no commission from any sales.
The fact is that, in this time of Coronavirus, shopping for birthday and Christmas presents becomes more difficult. More people are buying on line but do you want all your presents to come from the huge multinational businesses or do you want to support small businesses where items are unique and you won’t find anywhere else? Do your Christmas shopping from here!!!
Radical Tea Towel Company for tea towels with a political message (also mugs, oven gloves, cards, fridge magnets, coasters etc). A huge range of tea towels. http://www.radicalteatowel.co.uk
All Tea Towels for a huge range of tea towels from different companies, different designers, everything from flowers to animals to Art Deco style. http://www.all-tea-towels.co.uk
Love Menu Art. American company that uses old menus as the design for tea towels, posters etc. The place to go for quirky tea towels. They use the term ‘dish towel’. http://www.lovemenuart.com
Stuart Gardiner, the ultimate in ‘info-graphic’ tea towels (plus placemats, trays etc). You want to know about tea, coffee, wine, beer, cheese, fruit and veg, gin, whisky, chilli peppers, cocktails, cheese; this is the place to go. Their range includes aprons, place mats, oven gloves, cards, posters etc http://www.stuartgardiner.com
Simon Drew is an artist with a quirky sense of humour. He has a range of many many quirky tea towels, as well as aprons etc. The website is good fun. http://www.simondrew.co.uk
Ulster Weavers. Probably everyone has heard of Ulster Weavers but they do have a huge range of tea towels and other kitchen ware. You may find tea towels on the website that you won’t see in shops and vice versa. http://www.shop.ulsterweavers.com
Perkins and Morley. They have expanded their range of tea towels from just Venery Nouns to a much wider range. They sell aprons, cushions, cards, mugs, tote bags, coasters and much more. They have brought out a couple of jigsaws as well. https://shop.perkinsandmorley.com
Clare Baird. Clare is an artist who paints on a Scottish theme: thistles, Highland Cows, Stags, pheasants, Red Squirrel and much more. She sells a wide range of tea towels but also aprons, cushions, coasters, mugs and much more. http://www.clarebaird.co.uk
Charlotte Berridge. Based in West London and her tea towels, mugs, posters, coasters, prints and much more are based around West London, including a print of Griffin Park, home to Brentford Football Club. http://www.charlotteberridge.com
Emma Ball. Based in Nottingham, has a huge range of tea towels, from all the counties as well as animals plus tins, coasters, aprons, face coverings and so much more http://www.emmaball.co.uk
Heather McLennan. For a Scottish theme Heather is your woman. A range of Highland Cows on tea towels but also clocks, chopping boards, coasters, key rings, decorations etc http://www.heathermclennanartist.co.uk
Most of these businesses have their own Christmas Cards and Christmas decorations. It’s worth a look. Other shopping venues will be added in due course! If you have any recommendations, let me know via the Visitor’s Book.