Christmas at Metroscope 2012

Good grief!

What happened to 2012??It seems not so long ago we were hosting 20 people for Christmas lunch and now it’s that time again. So now I look at the calender and see less than THREE weeks to Christmas.Fortunately most of our Christmas gift shopping is not difficult and we don’t have to travel far …. Not like our other two ‘Christmas’s’. Yep, we have three each year. One is 25th December. The second is when we go to Morocco and have a few weeks wandering and shopping in the magical souks and villages of Morocco. The third Christmas is around September/October when the shipping container of goodies arrives from Morocco.So, if you’re not as lucky as us and have to go somewhere to buy your Christmas gifts, why not visit us in Collingwood, or if that’s not convenient, ‘let your fingers do the walking’ and visit us online.Sinya, Moroccan basket, Moroccan kilim cushion, Moroccan embroiderd cushion and korsiWe have lots of gorgeous handcrafted items from Morocco – from the highly decorative tea glasses, ceramics, embroidered or woven cushions, hand-painted tables and lanterns to the rustic and useful orange-wood stools and woven baskets with prices starting at $10 and all the way up.And if you want something completely different, check out the Images d’Orient range of stunning and practical coasters, tins, luggage tags, key rings and more. We fell in love with this range of products in Marrakech last year and the principals of the business based in Lebanon were persuaded to give Metroscope the Australian and New Zealand distributorship. There are so many gorgeous designs to chose from.Moroccan lantern, vintage teapot, perfume bottle, Images d'Orient placemats and coasterOnline shopping
Unfortunately we’ve had some problems with the shipping module on our online store. Most of the Images d’Orient products can still be bought on-line.Due to the diversity and nature of the Moroccan products we sell, packaging is of utmost importance. Most shipping modules available for small businesses don’t meet our needs nor is insurance available for the rare and unfortunate situation when breakages occur. So calculating the freight needs to be done manually by us. For some things, we can get back to you almost instantaneously, but other times we need a day or so to get quotes. So please factor this in to your timelines. And of course we need your postcode when you send us an enquiry.Payment can still be made through Paypal, by credit card over the phone, or we can give you our bank details so you can direct deposit.The closer it gets to Christmas, the busier we are and so are the couriers. We are only a small business so it’s better to get your orders in sooner (or now) than later. That way you won’t be disappointed.Trading days
This Saturday we will be open from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday, 9th December, we’ll be closed – we’re off to a Greek wedding! (The bride and groom wouldn’t change their date to accomodate us or our customers.)Opening times up till Christmas are:

  • Saturday 15th December: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 16th December: 11am to 5pm
  • Monday 17 December to Friday 21 December: 12 to 6pm
  • Saturday 22 December: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 23 December: 11am to 5pm
  • Monday 24 December: 12 to 5pm

Other times by appointment.After Christmas we’ll open by appointment and revert to our usual summer Saturday and Sunday trading hours on Saturday 5th January.

And lastly

It’s been another fabulous year for us at Metroscope. We have our wonderful customers to thank for this as well as our suppliers and helpers in Morocco and in Lebanon. Thank you to each and every one of you.We look forward to seeing or hearing from you before Christmas or in the new year. And just a heads up for 2013 – we’re planning some really good Facebook specials. So ‘Like’ us on Facebook and you’ll get news of our specials.

We wish you a happy and safe festive season.
Images d'Orient coasters