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Isn’t this amazing? It’s a vegetable-tanned reindeer leather coin purse from northern Scandinvania from the quirky and brilliant Objects of Use shop in central Oxford. When the sides are squeezed, the helical flaps lift, but otherwise they stay closed keeping your pennies safe. It’s only £15 too, which seems ridiculously cheap for such a lovely piece of design.

I admit to being a bit obsessed with this store in Market St (just off the High St). It’s full of, well, objects of use, but always both functional and stylish. There are some lovely old-fashioned kids toys, plenty of archaic but no doubt useful tools for the garden and home (Sheila’s Maids, feather dusters), occasional bits of cool furniture, and loads of other curious bits and bobs that are strangely compelling.

The website is gratifyingly simple and free of hard-sell. Almost an under-sell actually, in keeping with the understated ethos of the shop. Mr Muddy and I discovered this shop last year (see the review here) and I haven’t changed my mind. It’s fabulous.

Objects of Use, No. 6 Lincoln House, Market Street, Oxford OX1 3EQ.

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