lots & crates is truly one of my favourite shops when it comes furniture and decor shopping for the home. They have three stores in Johannesburg, one in Blairgowrie, another in Northlands and Kyalami. Their objective – to offer quality product to the public at the most competitive prices possible. I had the privilege to talk to Craig Rheeder, co-owner of the company.
What does lots&crates sell?
As our name impies, our store stocks various furniture and decorative items, sourced directly from factories and importers. We receive factory over-runs, end of ranges, cancelled orders and samples. New containers and consignments are literally unpacked every week which makes our outlet all the more attractive and dynamic. Because stock is bought at good prices, we are able to provide the customer with bargains in turn.
There is a fine balance between stocking and overstocking a shop, making it feel more like a factory outlet than an actual shop. We try to maintain the balance between the two by making use of a storage facility at the back of the shop, and arranging products in the shop in a way that attracts customers and enable them to browse freely. Our customers assist greatly with this, as stock seldom stays on the floor for long. Due to the uniqueness of the items stocked, the next time you’re at the store, it could look completely different.
How did this business start?
Both my business partner and I have been in the furniture retail industry for years and starting the company just made sense. We saw an opportunity in the market that allowed the man in the street easy access to quality product, at factory direct prices. The timing could not have been better with the world still recovering from the global recession.
Images by Melanie Wessels Photography