AlteredChic

Altered Chic

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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About AlteredChic

Sales 12,813
On Etsy since 2015

Making colourful gifts in our Derbyshire studio.

Our story began in the summer of 2009, when us – that’s me, Lisa, and my partner John, opened Altered Chic.

I have always enjoyed making gifts for family and friends, and John persuaded me to take my passion a step further and share my creations at a small local craft fair in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

After receiving some amazing feedback from customers, we knew the next step was to utilise John’s IT expertise and open an online shop to share our products with a wider audience. We launched the first version of our website which contained a selection of products, many of which we still sell today – albeit with a few changes here and there!

Shortly after, we joined an exciting up and coming online marketplace to promote products from small designer-makers like ourselves which proved to be a real turning point for us.

At this time, we were both still in full-time employment, splitting our time between our jobs and the business, which was starting to become a larger feature in both of our lives.

In 2011, I left my day job to work exclusively on Altered Chic, and we took on a small shop in Chesterfield town centre where we sold both our products and those from other local artisans. However, with the arrival of our daughter towards the end of 2012, we realised that we could no longer run the shop and handle the online side of the business which had continued to grow, and decided to pass it on to a family member who continues to run it as an independent gift shop today.

In January 2014 after another successful albeit exceptionally busy Christmas period, we decided that the house was getting a little too full and working in a small workshop out back was no longer practical. Our daughter, Layla, was just starting to walk and it was no longer a suitable environment for the business to continue to grow. We had to move, and fortunately for us we managed to secure two units in The Clocktower which is only a few minutes away from our home.

We finally got another pair of hands when my sister, Claire joined the business during the summer. Following a brief stint in the world of teaching, John took the decision to become self-employed, splitting his time between his own web development ventures and working with me to develop the business and get his hands dirty when it’s busy. As it often is!

This is when we decided to open our Etsy shop. We knew that the customers on Etsy would truly appreciate the time and skills we put into all our products.

Since then, we’ve invested in new equipment and added many new designs and new products to our range.

In 2016 we joined the Sheffield Sellers Etsy Team, taking part in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Etsy Made Local markets. John and I also took on roles in the Sheffield Sellers committee in 2018.

In the spring of 2018 we welcomed our second daughter, Emilia, into our family. Since then we had introduced a number of new product ranges into our range.

In the summer of 2019, John and I took on the roles of team leaders of the Sheffield Sellers Etsy Team with our team captain Sophie from Imogen's Imagination.

Every year we continue to hand-paint and put together our colourful selection of products with love and care – just as we always have done – in our Derbyshire workshop and studio. We believe that our homes are a special place and that everything in them should be special too.

Please feel free to browse through our collection and contact us with any questions you may have.

Shop members

  • Lisa Swift

    Owner

  • John O'Nions

    Owner

  • Claire Swift

    Studio Assistant

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
How long does delivery take?

Estimated shipping times:

United Kingdom:
3 - 5 business days via Standard Free delivery

We also have some shipping upgrades available at checkout:
1 - 3 business days via 1st Class post - £1.00
Next business day delivery when ordered before 11am via our Express delivery - £6.95

International:
EU: 1-2 weeks
Rest of Europe: 2-3 weeks
Canada: 2-3 weeks
North America: 2-3 weeks
Australia & New Zealand: 2 - 3 weeks

We'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

How will my order be sent?

In the UK our orders are sent by Royal Mail 2nd Class free of charge. We have the option to upgrade to either 1st Class post or a tracked service (usually Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm) at checkout for an additional charge.

Orders to be shipped outside the UK are all send by a tracked service. The tracking number will be available in your account once the order has been dispatched.

Can I receive my order faster in the UK?

We do offer an express delivery option on some items for delivery within the UK. These items have a delivery upgrade available at checkout.

If your order is placed before 11am Monday to Friday then your order will be posted the same day for delivery the next working day by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Orders placed after 11am Monday to Friday will be posted the next working day.
e.g. an order placed at 4pm on Friday will be posted Monday for delivery on Tuesday.

Do you offer expedited delivery outside the UK?

We can offer expedited delivery, due to the varying cost we have to provide an individual quote to each customer. Please provide us with your delivery address and we can provide you with an estimated delivery time and cost for expedited delivery.