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10 online shops you've never heard of

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Like us, you probably spend an inordinate amount of time online shopping each day, when you should be working. But because of this, you're more than au fait with many online retailers and have the ability to find just what you need at the click of a mouse.

But what happens when you've looked on all your usual places and still can't find that perfect present, a great top for Friday night drinks or just a little treat for yourself?

Well, look no further, as we've discovered a great list of the top 10 online retailers you should know about.

Stockings HQ

Tights are important business in the UK, considering that there's always a chance you'll have to whip out your black 40 deniers even in the summer. So we thought introducing you to Stockings HQ might be just the ticket for confusing weather. With a huge range of tights to choose from our favourites are easily the retro ones but there are plenty of others you can buy.

stockingshq.com

A Canteen Store

These guys have such a range of stuff to buy, that it's quite hard to say exactly what kind of a shop they actually are. But what lovely stuff they have. This real-life store in Chelmsford (near the back of an M&S food hall FYI) sells everything from vintage medical trolleys and scrubbing brushes through to hand screen-printed cushions and bespoke jewellery. Eclectic and cool.

acanteenstore.co.uk

The Peanut Vendor

We’ve been in love with this vintage furniture store for some time now. All the items listed on the Peanut Vendor’s site are exceptionally beautiful and all well kept, so if you're a furniture design afficionado, then we've found your heaven. And if we’re ever asked the question: is it possible to fall in love with an inanimate object? After spending time on this site, the answer is always yes.

thepeanutvendor.co.uk

Wildfang

Founded by the Global Brand Manager for Nike Running and Nike’s Brand Operations Officer, Wildfang aims to be the ultimate destination for those who are into the androgynous look. Although it's only a year old, Wildfang has gained a somewhat cult following of late, which is popular among actresses such as Kristen Stewart, Ellen Page, and Kate Mara. Get it now before everyone else starts wearing it.

wildfang.com

Shopbop

It used to be the case that when you wanted something from the US, you'd struggle to get your hands on it, unless you or someone you knew was heading over Stateside. Now, thanks to Shopbop that's a thing of the past, which means you can shop for lesser-known brands without spending money flying over the Atlantic.

shopbop.com

Naked Wines

Naked Wines is an online community for wine lovers who want to support local wine producers. If you sign up to this customer-funded site, you'll get the chance to sample world-class wines at wholesale prices, in return for your honest feedback. They have amazing deals and you can discover new wines and new trends in the grape world. And the best bit is that you can opt out at any time, not that you'll want to of course.

nakedwines.com

Young British Designers

If you want to be at the cutting edge of new British fashion and discover up-and-coming UK designers then this is the place to click. The online shop caters purely for those who are after young designers' works, who are still building up their brand. Best for finding a truly unique piece of clothing.

youngbritishdesigners.com

Hive

Love your local bookstore but want to save your back the pain of lugging a load of tomes back home after a recent purchase? If that's the case then Hive could be just the answer. When you shop on Hive, every time you make a purchase you are supporting your local independent shop as well. Don't believe us? Just take a look at the link below.

hive.co.uk

The Corner

The Corner offers a carefully selected assortment of high fashion and more fashion forward designers for men and women around the world - from luxury designers such as Balmain to the more contemporary 31. Phillip Lim.

thecorner.com

The Gift Library

It probably won’t surprise you to discover that The Gift Library has everything you could want when it comes to finding a gift for someone. With only high-end brands on offer this is the place to go for superbly curated gift lists, ideal for discovering the best present for any friend, family member or even yourself. Well, you can treat yourself too.

gift-library.com

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