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Curtain Call

We love quirky finds on Muddy, especially when they help look after our planet and save us money. So without further ado we raise the curtain on a Cobham business that ticks all three boxes - an agency for window hangings.

Curtains are expensive. Even basic curtains that don’t have lining and aren’t made-to-measure will set you back a few hundred pounds.

And that’s why I want to shout about Curtain Call, an agency in Cobham that sells top-quality second-hand curtains. If only I’d stumbled upon this gem sooner – my windows would be far better dressed than they are.

But as well as the fact it will save you money, or help you afford better quality curtains than you might otherwise have been able to buy, this is also a brilliant way to recycle or upcycle – which is good for the environment. There’s really no need for all these gorgeous designer drapes to end up in landfill.

Curtain Call is no new business – in fact it’s been in its current home on Church Street for 30 years, although it’s now taken up residence at the back of what is now Pip and Gray, a boutique that sells gifts and women’s fashion.

Both businesses are run by former interior designer Alicia Gray, who’s got a brilliant eye for design and detail, and has assembled a gorgeous range of curtains. She’s quite discerning about the curtains she’ll sell in the agency, accepting hangings that are in excellent conditions or as new. There are plenty of neutrals, as well as a good choice of designer curtains from the likes of Colefax and Fowler, the well-established London fabric house.

And the reasons these curtains end up here? Some been ordered by mistake, others have been used to dress the windows in show homes, and for others the room function may have changed, or the previous owners have just got bored and desired a redesign.

Expect to pay anything up to about £900 for these curtains – but of course the price depends on the window size, the fabric, the finish and the condition.

Oh and just a heads up – Pip and Gray is worth a peek around while you’re visiting.

Curtain Call, 3 Church Street, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EG


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