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7 Market Place Margate Kent CT9 1EN

Shopping in Margate isn't all about vintage – this stylish, friendly homeware shop has been sitting quietly in the Old Town since 2007, breathing life into the area long before the opening of the Turner Contemporary and the funky galleries and retro stores that have sprouted up since. Colourful, bright and airy, Qing sells a hand-picked selection of contemporary pieces – furniture, art, soft furnishing and gifts – from a small group of Chinese artists and designers. Stock changes regularly, and it's always fun to pop by and say hello – you can pick up anything from delicate ceramic rice bowls to handpainted lacquerwork wardrobes; good, easily portable buys include opulent silk cushions and jewel-coloured side lamps. Vintage fiends will be happy, too – a number of gently distressed retro-style pieces include gorgeous Art Deco-style chairs made from oak and soft leather. There are more options to order on the website.

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