Tucked away in Fullerton, Little Hampshire is a real gem of a find, easily located by going up the Winchester Road and heading towards The Mayfly, a right turn just before you get to the pub (coming from Andover) its just up past on the left, driving in to the converted barn, there is plenty of parking and you get to see a sneek peak of rails filled with children’s clothes.
Speaking to the owners, who coincidently are both called Lucy, their passion for beautifully dressed children becomes obvious, they explain (sometimes finishing each others sentences in an adorable, friends forever kind of way) that this passion spilled over into a business which consisted of buying good quality designer clothes from local Mums and selling them on. Lucy Liddell tells me that they don’t just buy any designer labelled clothes and turn many away that just aren’t good enough to maintain their reputation for high quality.
When the girls first started out, they covered the ages 0-10 but have recently increased the age range up to 15, which was great news for me with three boys 15 and under and I have to say I had been very excited to visit Little Hampshire since the first time I saw them on Twitter and had been lucky enough to exchange a few tweets with them (www.twitter.com/andovervillages & www.twitter.com/littlehampshire)
As we looked through the rails of clothes, we saw a suit for a 12 year old from Armani in beautiful condition, Ralph Lauren jumpers, Boden, Harrods and many more items all with designer labels and all in fantastic condition. Lucy Riley tells me that the shop location was so important as they both wanted to have somewhere for children to play whilst their parents shopped and they certainly have achieved that, when my children were younger, they would have loved to come to this spacious converted and clean barn to play in whilst I browsed the rails.
Inside the fitted shop we found a positively princess cave of treats, lots of clothes adorn the custom built rails in age related sections and the walls have cupboards and units filled with a selection of brand new toys, gifts and accessories, we even spotted some balloon shaped biscuit lollipops for sale at the till. I bought a couple of items for my youngest son who is nine but did find that there is no ability to pay by card yet, so before you head out make sure you visit a cash-point.
You can find the Little Hampshire website by clicking on the following link: www.littlehampshire.co.uk – The shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 3pm and in the school holidays by appointment.