Welcome to Polyester Saltburn - a contemporary independent gift shop located in the popular Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn-by-the-Sea stocking a fabulous hand-picked selection of gifts, cards, small-batch socks and homewares.
Our range of carefully curated curiosities, gifts and goodies (sourced from other small independents and designers) is suitable for all genders, ages and occasions: birthday presents, mother's day and father's day, graduations, leaving presents, anniversaries, Christmas gifts and secret santas, among others. All our gifts are in stock in the UK and ready to dispatch (or collect) immediately.
We are an LGBTQ+ business run by Stel and Thelma (who creates our awesome window displays). Elvis the dog is on guard duty (he takes his role very seriously!), and if you're passing, you might notice our electric nan (Nana Purl) furiously knitting her jumper (since 1986) while rocking backward & forward in the window!
Our name, Polyester, is part love letter to Divine and John Walters and part homage to the indestructible fabric born of crimplene in the 1950s now inextricably woven into the north east's heritage via the nearby former ICI works.
When we opened Polyester as a vintage shop in 2016 we were 100% eco-friendly and part of the circular economy. Today we've morphed into a contemporary gift shop with an austere-fun retro vibe. We sell a range of carefully curated curiosities, gifts and goodies at prices that everyone can afford. We believe that even in uncertain times everyone should have access to quality gifts at affordable prices. We choose and curate our stock carefully, avoiding single-use plastics and excessive packaging wherever possible. Our ethics and ethos are baked-in to the fabric of what we do - we don't shout about it and most people don't notice. That's good - we've done our job.
In summer 2021 we created our own sock brand - forsocksake - small batch socks with a Teesside-seaside twist. You can find the range which includes parmos, lemon tops and fish & chips here. You can also find us at Saltburn Farmers' Market on the second Saturday of every month (except August).
If you are coming to Saltburn ( and you really should - it's awesome) and thinking of visiting our bricks and mortar shop please check we are open via our Facebook page. You can call us or Whatsapp us on 07446 348 929.
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