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Trading Boundaries: Health & Safety

Please take the time to read the following update:

Although we were remaining optimistic, it is with heavy hearts that we’ve decided to temporarily close our showrooms and café with immediate effect. We feel this is the right thing to do to safeguard the health of not only everyone who shops with us but also our wonderful staff and their families.

Our website is bursting with wonderful products for you to browse and purchase online, so please take some time to have a look. We’re happy to facilitate ‘click and collect’ for local customers whilst adhering to strict social distancing protocols, otherwise please use our regular delivery options.

We are also looking at other ways to keep our loyal customers abreast of products and offers, so if you haven't already signed up to our mailing list please do so by using the link on our homepage so you stay up to date with news and developments. Our Facebook and Instagram feeds will also be busy so please like, comment and share so we can keep in touch.

Live Music & Events

Please note that all live music events until the end of May have been postponed. We continue to monitor the situation and have been in touch with all guests who have purchased tickets to any postponed events. We will announce revised dates as soon as possible so please bear with us during these extraordinary times and please be assured that any postponed concert will be rescheduled.

Support Independent Shops

We’d like to make a special request. If you decide to purchase any goods online rather than venturing out over the coming weeks, we urge you to consider looking at the websites of independent businesses such as ours. Large well known businesses will be able to weather this storm more easily than local, family run shops who may need your support now more than ever. So regardless of what it is you need, or where you live, please spend a few extra minutes searching for a company who really needs your support.

We hope you stay well and as unaffected by these unprecedented circumstances as possible!

Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Best Wishes & Love
The Trading Boundaries Team xxx

About Us

Trading Boundaries began life nineteen years ago when Michael Clifford, who’s mother was born in India, began importing furniture, handicrafts and textiles from all over India, in addition to running his property development business with Tracy Thomson. 

Michael and Tracy set up shop in a small barn in Dormansland, near East Grinstead, opening their doors 1996 for just a few hours a week. They soon expanded and had to install a mezzanine level to accommodate the extra furniture.


Within six months the business had grown further into a second, much larger, barn and the need for an even larger premises was becoming more apparent. Having previously been approached to take on the Sheffield Arms as a development project, Tracy decided the Grade 2* listed building was the perfect location for a beautiful new showroom.


While Tracy stayed in Sussex to refurbish the building, Michael continued to regularly visit India, sourcing and importing for a business that was now nationwide. In 2005, Tracy and Michael purchased the neighboring property, Vigoes Farm (see building history below) and  work began to develop the various barns and outbuildings into a quadrangle of shopping boutiques.


The need to provide customers with refreshments was becoming more obvious, the showroom kettle was no longer able to cope and so came The Elephant Café.


With the Café growing in popularity and a stage already in built, live music events began to take place. Boasting fabulous acoustics, a state of the art sound system and a wonderfully atmospheric dining room, The Elephant Café has already played host to some incredible acts.In the last few years, performances have included; Steve Hackett, Voices Live, Carl Palmer, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash, The Jive Aces, Rick Wakeman, John Wetton, Cutting Crew and many, many more.  The Café was also voted as one of the top ten live music venues in the country by Prog Rock Magazine.


Trading Boundaries is also the official UK retail store for legendary artist Roger Dean, responsible for album covers and logos for iconic bands such as Yes and Asia. 

Trading Boundaries continues to offer unusual products, homeware, furniture and fantastic service in a shopping model fit for the 21st Century.

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