Shop at the Old Fire Station is a treasure trove of the best independent handcrafted goods the UK has to offer, featuring jewellery, homewares, textiles, stationery and much more.
Our handpicked selection of striking modern products are designed and made here in the UK by up and coming handmade and design talent. Come to us for something different from the high street or a traditional gallery- great value objects for you and your home, made with care and love by independent designers.
As part of Arts at the Old Fire Station, the money from your purchases goes back into funding our work with homelessness charity Crisis, offering training and volunteering opportunities as well as arts projects such as our Hidden Spire theatre show and Vessels ceramics exhibition. We also offer support to artists from all disciplines, providing advice, subsidy, networks and promotion- and the Shop is no different. We work with emerging makers as well as local colleges to provide opportunities to sell for the first time with guidance and advice.
If you’d like the opportunity to sell your work within our shop, please fill out the Google form below. This provides us with the initial information we need about whether we would like to stock your work. If you have any queries that are not covered below, please email our Retail Coordinator Harriet Peacock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQ’s for sellers
What happens after I’ve made an application?
Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each month by our shop team. Once you have heard back to say that we would like to stock your work, we will follow up to confirm the details of the individual works to be sent. We will also give you further information on how, where and when to send your work, and discuss how and when you will be paid.
What if I don’t hear back from you after submitting my application?
At the moment we can only reply to successful applicants, but we will do our best to provide feedback if requested. Although we will not be able to take on all work as we have limited space within the shop, we will continue to accept applications throughout the year.
Can I just bring my work in to show you?
Although we would welcome keen artists and designers to visit and show us their work, to give all artists and designers an equal chance to exhibit, we ask that everyone submits a standard application via the Google form. We will then get in touch once applications have been reviewed by our staff.
How much does it cost to sell my work with the Shop at the Old Fire Station?
The sale price will include VAT on the AOFS commission element, making the break down 51% to the artist, 41% commission to Arts at the Old Fire Station and 8% VAT. When detailing the price of your work, please take this into consideration.
How long do you keep consignments for?
We will initially take products for three months, at this point we will review how items are selling, and after discussion with you we will return any items where necessary.
What kind of work do you sell?
We sell a wide range of work here, including jewellery, homewares, textiles and accessories, cards, prints and illustrations, magazines, stationery, and ceramics. Our focus is on modern high quality work, which is something different from the high street or from more traditional galleries. Products are usually handcrafted or use eco-friendly Fairtrade materials which are printed onto. We are keen to support emerging artists and will provide informal advice to help you develop your work. We would love to attract more designers from Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas but have a UK wide focus, including lots from London and the Bristol area.
Where is the Old Fire Station?
The Old Fire Station is situated in a fantastic location in central Oxford, with entrances from both Gloucester Green market place, and George Street. We are very close to the bus station, and a 5 minute walk from the train station.
What will the Shop at the Old Fire Station provide?
We will promote our artists and designers through our website, blog and email-outs, including regular features on individual designers, online and in store, bringing your products to the attention of our customers.
We’re passionate about supporting independent designers and we make sure that we know about each seller so that we can inform our customers about your work.
We will ensure the security of your works within our shop floor displays and cabinets, or in our locked stock room.
We will pay you promptly and keep you updated on your sales.