The advantages of shopping online with Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan's Modern Garden Furniture Collection

Lazy Susan Trade Sales in 2019

The origin of the bistro table?

The advantages of shopping online with Lazy Susan

Shopping online with Lazy Susan

The Internet has revolutionised the way we shop. As a business, without the internet, Lazy Susan would be a very different animal indeed. The advantages for us are many. We can sell direct to the consumer. We aren’t restricted by location. We can keep our overheads low as we don’t require a network of showrooms. I could go on. However, it is not just us that benefit. There are numerous advantages for you, the consumer. More and more people are opting to shop online over the conventional method of going into stores. And not only that, we are prepared to purchase a broader range of products than ever before.

Lazy Susan’s Modern Garden Furniture Collection

We like to think our modern garden furniture range fits comfortably into that last attributive. It is a current or recent style or trend in more ways than one. Featuring clean modern lines, it is the embodiment of contemporary design. However, it is not all about form. Our modern range functions in a truly modern way. These are pieces of furniture that are just at home inside as they are out on the patio. As online retailers of high quality metal garden furniture, we wanted to expand our range to offer something a little different. To sell an alternative to the more classically styled pieces that form our core offer. We didn’t want to stray too far away from what we know. After all we are a specialist in cast aluminium. The bulk of our offer is outdoor dining sets. This is what we know best, and this is what our customers love.

Lazy Susan Trade Sales in 2019

I recently posted about the contract trade side of Lazy Susan in our Outdoor Wedding or Garden Party post, and I wanted to follow up that article with a few of the exciting trade sales we’ve conducted in the first half of 2019. We’ve experienced some great success in garden furniture trade supply of late, and we wanted to share that with you. Especially as some of the photography by many of our trade customers is simply stunning. Supplying large quantities of garden furniture to events companies, wedding venues, hotels and the like in bulk seems to be an area where the quality and style of our garden furniture really resonates too.

The origin of the bistro table?

So what exactly is a Bistro Table? They’re one of our best sellers, they have their own dedicated section in our Shop, but why are they called a Bistro Table? Well, let us start with the easy bit. What exactly is a Bistro Table? A small two seater table is really all it is. Nothing complicated about that. But then isn’t that the point? An intimate table for two that doesn’t take up much space. Originating on the streets of Paris, the bistro table is synonymous with the small Parisienne cafes from which they take their name.

Lazy Susan 2019 Garden Bench Collection

Customer Photo Jasmine Garden Bench

For me, the Lazy Susan Garden Bench is more than just place to sit. Of course that is exactly what it is. But what I mean is, when you buy one, you’re getting a little bit more than just that. You are buying a focal point. Something that you can use to centre your garden. You’re buying a design statement. Buying something that will invite people out into your garden. Creating a simple place to sit, relax and take in your garden is truly a wonderful thing. Unlike say one of our garden table sets, a bench just says come out, sit down and enjoy all your green fingered handiwork.

A thank you from St Wilfrid’s Hospice

St Wilfrid's Hospice

You might of recently read our blog or social media posts regarding the Greenfingers charity? We’d received a letter of thanks for the furniture we donated to their Turn Old Into Gold auctions. Well, the Lazy Susan team and I were delighted to receive another letter thanking us for our generosity, this time it was from the Retail Director at St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Again, they were expressing their gratitude for the garden furniture we recently donated to them to sell on in their stores to raise some much needed funds.

Lazy Susan make donation to Greenfingers

We recently received a lovely letter from the Director of Fundraising and Communications at Greenfingers Charity, thanking Lazy Susan for our recent support. As well as donating money direct to a number of charities as part of Do Some Good campaign, we’ve also donated garden furniture to various national charities for them to sell in their stores close to Lazy Susan HQ. With Greenfingers, they wanted our garden furniture for their Turn Old Into Gold auctions, and we were more than happy to help. This is a charity doing some truly great things.

Lazy Susan and charity: water do some good

Maifen villagers using the newly constructed handpump

We could be accused of blogging and sharing on social media about our Do Some Good campaign too often. However, we do it for very good reason. We’re immensely proud of what the campaign has achieved and, with the help of our customers, we want those efforts to continue. I wanted to share an exciting update with you that we’ve just received from charity: water, our principle Do Some Good partner. All the money we raised back in 2017 has gone directly into funding a new well in Ethiopia. This is the reason why we do this. The project is now up and running. A well has been drilled, and a handpump is bringing clean water to a village called Maifen in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Exactly 200 people live there and this has transformed each and every one of their lives.

Lazy Susan charity work update

WaterAid

Donating to a good cause you care about not only benefits the charities themselves, it can be deeply rewarding. As a business, we have found that our charity work has had a positive impact on both staff and customers. In 2017 a survey of 1,100 people from the UK by Forresters identified that most consumers think businesses should support charities. And when faced with a choice between two companies offering products/services for the same price, 82% said their decision would be based on who engaged with charities and the local community. However, at Lazy Susan, we wanted this to be more than just some PR exercise. We really wanted to do some good, and that is why we aligned ourselves with charities that were close to our heart. Charities we believed in, and to which we felt some affinity.

Lazy Susan on ITV’s Love Your Garden

Donation to ITV's Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh

We were recently approached by ITV’s ‘Love Your Garden’ to see if we could donate garden furniture for an episode featuring a local lady who lives close to our head office. Betty, is a 90-year-old lady from Fareham, who is partially blind from macular degeneration, and spends her time volunteering to help others who suffer from the same disease. She can often be found abseiling to raise funds and awareness for the Fareham Macular Society. Yes, you read the right, abseiling at 90, simply incredible. Betty is one remarkable lady!