After 14 years… it’s time to say goodbye

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Hello World

We have an announcement to make.

Much has changed since we opened Little Sunflowers childrenswear in October 2004.

Horam-ShopWe relocated our business to East Sussex. Some of you have become friends as well as customers over the years, and your children have grown up with ours.

Now our sons, one of whom wasn’t even born when we opened, are too big to wear our clothes. Many of the brands we used to stock, and competitors we knew and became friends with, are no longer around.

So now feels like the right time. Next month we will close the Little Sunflowers childrenswear shop.

Whilst this is of course a sad announcement, it is also a happy time for us.

We will be closing Little Sunflowers to focus on our second business, Almost Off Grid, selling home brew equipment and supplies. So you’ll still be able to find us online, just not in the usual place.

If you have had an account with us for a while, you may still have loyalty points. If you have earned a loyalty voucher, or are very close to earning one, we want to give you enough notice to spend it before the website disappears.

So we will be closing Little Sunflowers in just over a month’s time, on Sunday 7 October 2018 – which happens to be exactly 14 years since we opened our first little shop in Wendover.

We are not madly reducing current season ranges, as that doesn’t feel fair to the other shops who will continue to carry the torch for independent childrenswear. But we do have reductions on our site. Plus we are also pleased to offer you 25% off everything on the website from now until we close on Sunday 7 October.

Simply use the code GOODBYE to claim your 25% discount at checkout.

Thank you so much for your loyalty and support over the years. It has been an absolute honour to serve you.

And we truly couldn’t have done it without you.

With our sincerest best wishes

Bev & Andy

Child Rescue Alert Service – be alerted when a child has disappeared

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Child Rescue AlertThe Child Rescue Alert Service (CRA) is a partnership between the police, the media and the public that seeks the assistance of the public where a child has been abducted and it is feared that they may be at risk of serious harm.

Last month, news of the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in Oxford made national headlines. The 14 year-old, walking to school, was forced into a car on a busy street in daylight. Whilst incidents like this are thankfully rare in the UK, they are very distressing when they do happen. If your child went missing wouldn’t you want the world to stop and look for them?

Child Rescue Alert is a nationwide system, run by the National Crime Agency, the charity Missing People and technology company Groupcall. It has the potential to save a child’s life in the event that a child is missing and believed to be at imminent risk of serious harm or death. Registration is free and takes just minutes to complete, online or by text. By taking 30 seconds to register, anyone could save a child’s life.

Child Rescue Alert aims to activate a fast time response to help find an abducted child before they come to any harm. There are four key criteria to be met before an Alert is issued:

– A child apparently under the age of 18 is missing
– There is reasonable belief that the child is in imminent danger of serious harm or death
– There is a reasonable belief that the child has been kidnapped, abducted or taken under the influence of a third party
– There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist the police to locate the child.

A typical appeal will include the description of the child, a description of the suspected abductor and any vehicle they are driving, together with location details.

You can register to receive alerts at www.childrescuealert.org.uk. There you give your details including the postcode of your home and workplace, so you can be sure to receive alerts relevant to the area where you live and work. The Child Rescue Alert Service will then send alerts to you by text and email if you are registered in the relevant area. They only expect about 4 to 6 Child Rescue Alerts to be issued each year, and not all of these will be nationwide.

You can also register by texting the word HERO, together with your postcode, to 85050. If you text to register for Child Rescue Alert, you will be charged your standard text message rate as specified by your network provider. If you register on the website as outlined in the paragraph above, it is free. Any Child Rescue Alerts sent via text are free to receive, regardless of how you registered.

Stephen Fry is the face of the campaign. He says: “I am delighted to be the animated face of this campaign as I believe that Child Rescue Alert should be a national institution – something for everyone to find out about and sign up to. It reminds me of a fire extinguisher – everyone should have one ready to use at a moment’s notice but we all hope that we will never need it.”

The Child Rescue Alert Service is also supported by some large organisation including Royal Mail, Facebook, Google and the Press Association.

Please sign up today.

Glitter Snozzles Glasses Holders now in – sparkly!

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Glitter Snozzles Glasses Holders

Glitter Snozzles Glasses Holders have arrived!

Snozzles keep your glasses safe. We have stocked them for quite a while now, and now glamorous Glitter ones have been added to the range. They have a smooth tactile glass-like finish with the glitter particles mixed throughout.

Available in four glitter colours: Silver, Gold, Pink and Graphite (Dark Grey/Black with Silver Glitter).

Gold Glitter Snozzle
Gold Glitter Snozzle

With a recess in the top of the head for glasses frames to slot into, Snozzles look for all the world like the he/she is wearing them!

Measuring approximately 8cm tall x 5cm wide, your Snozzle comes in a transparent gift box.

The lovely colours appeal to little people but these are a lovely gift for grown-ups too. Ideal for dotting around the home and the office. Never lose their… or your… glasses again!

If your little person wears glasses or sunglasses and can never find them, these brightly coloured friends will keep their glasses safe. Pop their glasses on the end of his nose, then pop Snozzle on the sideboard, the bedside table, the office desk…

Sarah left this five out of five Star Rating for the Snozzle she bought from us:

“Purchased for my daughter when she got her first glasses and she absolutely loves it. This fits child and adult glasses and is really robust. Fabulous product and my Sister-in-Law has now asked me to get one for her too!”

You’ll find the full range of Snozzles Glasses Holders here.

Glasses not included (sorry).

Molo Year of the Monkey – Chinese New Year

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For the first time ever, Molo has launched a LIMITED EDITION collection to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This will be The Molo Year of the Monkey!

The Chinese New Year range is a fantastic capsule collection with very strong prints. It includes this cool placement Monkey in a Rayburn short-sleeved t-shirt shape:

Molo Chinese Year of the Monkey Rayburn
Molo’s Rayburn t-shirt for The Year of the Monkey

And a number of designs in the Molo Year of the Monkey print:

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MOLO-CHINESE-ELMO-YEAR-OF-MONKEY

Molo Year of the Monkey

Molo Year of the Monkey

Molo Chinese Year of the Monkey

And a lovely design featuring a pair of monkeys and pink floral digital print. Notice how their tails are beautifully entwined :)

To complement the girls’ designs, Molo have produced leggings and skirts in shimmering Golden Glow for both babies and older girls:
Molo Chinese New Year Monkey

MOLO-CHINESE-BENETE-SKIRT-GOLDEN-GLOW

MOLO-CHINESE-NETTE-SOLID-GOLDEN-GLOW

MOLO-CHINESE-NICA-GOLDEN-GLOW

Retailers only found out about this Molo Year of the Monkey collection in mid-November. We have been warned supplies are very limited as not much was produced. We are expecting Drop 1 of Molo Spring Summer 2016 to arrive very shortly after this collection. So, if you’re a Molo fan, you can look forward to real treat over the coming days!

Online Retail Awards 2015 – Award of Commendation, Children category

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Guess what happened to us last night? We went and won an Award of Commendation (Children Category) at the Online Retail Awards 2015, that’s what !

Online Retail Awards 2015

We entered the awards way back in April 2015. We discovered in June that we had made the Online Retail Awards shortlist in two categories: Children, plus Fashion & Clothing.

ORA-AWARDThis is a HUGE deal for us! We are a small family business in sleepy East Sussex. Meanwhile the competition was steep, we were up against the likes of retail giants like Claires, Secret Sales, Warehouse and, of course, Toys R Us. Toys R Us went on to not only win the Children’s Category but also sweep the board winning Large online Retailer of the Year and the overall Online Retail Awards Prix D’Or.

Online Retail Awards 2015We are immensely proud to have been shortlisted in such dazzling company and, of course, even more delighted to have won an Award of Commendation in the Children Category, second only to Toys R Us. This came about at the second stage of the awards, when judges scrutinised the short-list of Finalists and decide the Category Winners and the Awards of High Commendation.

Thank you so much to the judges. Wow what a night!