News archive

23rd July 2016 We have received our renewed certificate of membership of BAFTS for our second year.

July 2016 – new in – British birds from Sunlover – Tawny Owl, £27.50; Woodpeckers (green and lesser spotted) £18; kingfisher £15; goldfinch £10; and blue tit £10.DSCF3131_opt DSCF3130_opt DSCF3132_opt DSCF3129_opt DSCF3128_opt DSCF3127_opt

Friday, 28th March 2014

New from Traidcraft – Clean & Fair range of cleaning products

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In the early 1900s palm oil was one of the biggest exports for the West African countries where it originates. It’s widely used in foods and a whole range of products. It’s an incredibly versatile oil and demand outstripped supply, so production moved elsewhere. Huge plantations sprang up across the Far East. Now, 87% of the world’s production comes from the Far East. The environment suffered as a consequence of these big plantations. Whole areas of rainforest have been and are still being destroyed. According to the United Nations, 98% of Indonesia’s rainforests could be destroyed by 2022. Smallholder farmers in Africa can’t compete with mass produced prices. This means that palm fruit which grows naturally gets wasted. Traidcraft are now working with smallholder farmers in Ghana to produce fair trade palm oil, in a way that protects the environment. This new range of cleaning products, produced in partnership with BioD, is great for the planet, has great performance and is great for people. When you chose Clean & Fair, you’re investing in the future of fair trade palm and coconut oil. A future that will transform communities in Ghana and rural India.

Saturday 7th December 2013

Expected next week – Chateau Vert Orange & Lemon Truffles – also in stock, Chateau Vert Toffee Truffles. We love them!

Friday, 25th October 2013

See the full range of Traidcraft charity Christmas cards in store.

Divine Ginger thins and Mint thins are now in, at £3.75.

Black Yak fleece-lined jackets now in stock.

Saturday 27th July 2013

Just right for the summer holidays – our noisy instruments that you can blow, honk, scrape, hit, rattle  or boing.


Thursday, 11th July 2013

One Village  incense in stock – all their range. Also some new carved wooden figures – elephants and owls.

Saturday 29th June 2013

Our new range of Black Yak summer tops and skirts is just in. Great designs and colours, and the usual Black Yak high quality.


Wednesday 8th May 2013

GREAT NEWS for chocolate lovers – 3 new flavours of Divine chocolate and our ever-popular dark chocolate with ginger & orange now in a small bar too.

  • 70% dark chocolate with chilli and orange, 100g
  • Milk chocolate with toffee & sea salt, 100g
  • Milk caramel chocolate 40g
  • 70% dark chocolate with ginger & orange 40g

ALSO JUST IN – new supply of brightly coloured knitted cardigans from Peru. These are ideal for cool Spring days, are washable and fit sizes up to about 8 years old.

Our supplier is registered with the Association for Fair Trade Shops but has no catalogue or website. We buy direct from him.

Friday, 12th April 2013


Hunger is the world’s most shocking problem. But IF we act together we can provide enough food for everyone.

At Just Things, we support the IF campaign. Available now– IF wristbands £1 each.

Saturday 16th March 2013

Just in – the new Lanka Kade range of character wooden jigsaws retailing at £8.

Tuesday 12th March 2013

Thank you to 1st Ilminster Scouts who tasted some of our “Divine” range of fairtrade chocolate on 5th March and came up with the following descriptions:-

Divine                                          Absolutely Scrumpi-licious

Yummy                                        Nom

Creamy                                        Sensational

Yum                                             Milky

Tastiest                                       Epic

Deli-sational                               Lush

Can I have another one?         Flavoursome

Saturday, 16th February 2013

Don’t forget – Fair Trade fortnight is 25th February to 10th March 2013. Are you holding a Big Brew event? We can supply fair trade tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact us if you are considering setting up a fair trade stall and ask about our sale or return option with 5% cashback on sold items.

Visit us on Ilminster First Tuesday, 5th March 2013 for a chance to win a Lanka Kade Noah’s Ark worth £98.50! Just shop at any Ilminster store displaying the blue and green balloons for free entry into the competition.

Friday, 25th January 2013

We have now returned from our annual holiday and are open as usual.

Sale! 10% off all Black Yak fleece lined knitted jackets from Nepal. Just in time for the cold weather.

Thursday 6th December 2012

Our supplier from Central and South America has been again and we have new stock of earrings, bangles and velvet bags. – just right for presents, or for that Christmas function.

Saturday 17th November 2012

Try the new One Village incense sticks – Lily and Lotus – delivered yesterday. The most popular with our customers, Ambrosia, which was out of stock with One Village, has now arrived. We have a wide range of  fragrances, made from natural ingredients, and no chemical additives. All at £1.20 per packet, we think this is very good value for a delightful product.

Friday 9th November 2012

Bishopston baby and children’s clothes are now in stock. The cotton trousers, skirts and dungarees are reversible, as shown below.

Friday, 26th October

The new delivery of coats, hats and wristwarmers from Black Yak has arrived.

Thursday 25th October

New in today – the Lanka Kade pirate ship, complete with crew, canon, barrels, treasure chest, cabin boy and ship’s cat! £48.


Wednesday 24th October

Visit it us on Victorian Evening, Friday 23rd November 2012.

The Chairman of the Ilminster Christmas Lights Committee is hoping everyone will have a fantastic evening on Friday 23rd November, when the town starts the countdown to the festive season.

“A Christmas Spirit” is the theme this year for Ilminster’s Victorian Evening and the official switch-on of the town’s festive lights.

Children will be able to enjoy a ride on the teacups and see Father Christmas, who will be circulating throughout the town.

The switch on begins at 7.00pm. Most shops in the town will remain open till 8.30pm. With the usual throng of shoppers expected between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, get there early to make sure you don’t lose a bargain!

Here are some photos of last year’s event.

Saturday 13th October 2012

Is it difficult to find time to do your Christmas shopping during the week? We are offering an exclusive evening opening service for groups of 5 people or more so you can come with your friends and family and shop at your leisure.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, contact us on 01460 55884 to arrange a date and time to suit you.

Saturday 13th October 2012

Baby clothes from Bishopston Trading are now in. Cotton tops and leggings for 0-6 months and 6-12 months.

Saturday 6th October 2012

We now have World Music CDs from Putumayo Music. Come in and listen before you buy. (We are licensed by the Performing Rights Society)

Thursday, 4th October 2012

The knitted fleece lined jackets, hats, gloves, mittens and wristwarmers from Nepal are now in. Popular already, we were selling items from the cardboard boxes in which they were delivered before we had time to unpack or price them!