Buying from Bali Trading has ensured that we can supply our clientele with a wide variety of products at great prices. We have been in business for 22 years. We first owned a pharmacy (for 25 years) that had a gifts section. We saw that there was an opportunity in Durbanville for a full scale Gift shop of its own.
When we sold the pharmacy after 25 years, the ideal premises for a gift shop became available, and that was the start of Gifts at Oxford 33.
We are a gift, interior, decor shop that carries the variety of stock of that of a department store, but in a tenth of the floor space. Home decor (a lot of ceramics), jewelry, scarves, bath products, baby products, & toys. We cater for gifts for all age groups, from the new baby in the family to granny & grandpa. Our loyal customers are the heart of our business.
For the first 20 years, we have only relied on word of mouth for marketing purposes. We offer a free of charge gift wrapping service, that we treat as our "marketing". We only recently started making use of social media as an advertising tool and the results are incredible. The Facebook page we have helps keep clients & followers up to date with new stock. We do not own a website yet.
Running a business is never easy and we took opportunities as they arose. We are astounded and happy with where we are today. We enjoy everything about this business, we are good at it, and we play to our strong points. We have been on this premises for 22 years. When we first saw it, it ticked all the boxes. It has parking, is easily accessible, and in the middle of Durbanville town center. We are involved with numerous projects in and around town, on different platforms. We know our community and we know our clients and as owners are present in the shop every day.
We currently employ 6 dedicated staff members and with the current South African economy we sometimes face challenges in giving our clients good quality products at good prices. Buying from Bali Trading has ensured that we can supply our clientele with a wide variety of products at great prices. We have built a strong relationship with them over the years, one we wish to continue for many years to come.