Simply Sam Trading - Antiques.Brocante.Gifts

We stock a variety of vintage, antique and hand-crafted items. Available on our web store or select antiques and beautiful 'proudly South African' hand-made Gift items on sale or to view at VinLee Art Gallery Hilton College Road, Natal Midlands. Hilton off-ramp, N3, Kwazulu Natal

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wooden Bow Ties South Africa

Up your look with a genuine Wooden Bow Tie

Available in various woods & Designs at
With Christmas only a matter of weeks away you want to up your game with a genuine Wooden Bow Tie hand-made and designed in South Africa. Stand out from the rest and take the "road less travelled". The bow ties are a perfect Christmas gift for a nephew, son or even grandson. All bow ties come in a wooden presentation box. 

The Ayd'n Designs 'Quality Trading' Company is a relatively new business owned and managed by my sixteen year old son, Elliot Ayd'n McDonald, who is a young designer. Everything from the website to the products are hand-made and designed by Elliot himself. 

Orders can be placed over the website and posted to you any where in the world. Alternatively stockists include KZNSA, Rosewood Collectables (Hilton, KZN) and the Tatham Art Gallery Shop (PMB).



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Original Natal Farmhouse For Sale Nottingham Road Area

 Original Natal Farmhouse for Sale

Have you ever had a dream of down shifting, moving to the countryside, and living your life at a much slower pace? The Nottingham Road area in Natal has the most wonderful schools, including Clifton Prep, Michaelhouse and St Annes and Hilton College, just down the road. 

Nottingham Road has attracted Artisans and Artists for many years and has some wonderful shops and restaurants. But its biggest attraction has to be the beauty. The Hamlet of Fort Nottingham in particular is a place where time stands still. It is this little Hamlet that is responsible for Nottingham Road getting its name. Peace pervades and if you are a horse lover, the Natal Midlands is the area to be. 

So if you have been waiting for this opportunity to move, maybe this lovely Circa 1893 home is for you. Click on the pic above to view. 

Original Natal Farmhouse For Sale with separate Karoo style Cottage - Nottingham Road Area

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Midmar Mile Accommodation

This is just a quick note for anyone who is still looking for accommodation for the Midmar Mile on 8th February 2014, we still have a double cottage available. Email here for further information.

Purchase Gift items for your loved ones living in South Africa from Simply Sam Trading

Do you have loved ones in South Africa? Want to purchase lovely gift items for them from the comfort of your armchair?

Online Gifts for South Africans living internationally - sending gifts anywhere in SA

The world has become a small place and we can be in contact with our loved ones all over the world at very little expense these days using the likes of Skype, Bria or even FaceTime. I was on a trip to the UK once and took my friend around my home town of Nottingham and walked him around the Castle. The only thing was, he didn't fly over with me. He'd called on Skype and I shared my experience via this technology and he was able to walk the path with me as if he was literally by my side.


But the one thing we haven't managed to get right yet, is teleporting things. Wouldn't it just be awesome if you could place an order for an item and it was zapped over to you instantly. I think the closest we have come to this is Amazon, with their testing of the Robot Drones to deliver items directly to your door via the air.

Delivery is costly and unfortunately not always reliable when posting things from one country to another.

Simply Sam Trading have been selling over the internet via since 2007. We offer beautiful furniture and gift items, many of the gifts sourced from South African job creation projects. Our little gift cards are also made locally.

 If you have a loved one in South Africa and are at a loss as to what to buy them for a special occasion take a look at what we have on offer. And if you can't find what you're looking for, drop us a line, and we'll make suggestions and even try and source your requirement.  Looking for a last minute gift? Sometimes we're in such a rush that pressing a button is the simplest way to order. Take a look at what has on offer. We'll wrap it, write on the gift card, and courier to your loved one, any where in South Africa. So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pretty Cottage Nottingham Road - close to Clifton Prep & Michaelhouse

A year in Nottingham Road

We've all heard of á year in Provence' i'm sure. Well I had my own very experience renovating my little cottage in the Hamlet of Fort Nottingham. The cottage is only approximately sixty square metres, so one would think a little renovation project would have moved along pretty quickly. I started the process in January 2013 and January 2014 the cottage is now available for rent. 

It is the perfect little retreat for parents of a boarder scholar who want a semi permanent retreat for when visiting their child at either Michaelhouse or Clifton school. Located in the historical Hamlet of Fort Nottingham, set in a nature reserve, this little area offers perfect peace and privacy, with views over the neighbouring fields stabling foals and horses  . A pretty little lock-up-and-go. 

I've often heard boarder parents say that as lovely as a bed & breakfast is, the inconvenience of having to 'book out' of a place in the morning when your child only has to be at school in the evening can be a real bind. That is besides having to cart sports equipment from last season back and forth.

Rosewood Cottage is open plan: lounge, dining, granite kitchen with a huge stoop overlooking the one acre plot. The bedroom, with its anthracite stove for chilly evenings, has a romantic four poster bed with French armoire and French style shutters on the windows for a little siesta in the warm afternoons. Don't expect a TV - but rather bring your bicyle and walking shoes. The nature reserve offers more than enough entertainment.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Up-cycled vintage Mannequins all ready for Hilton Arts Fest

Here they are, my revamped mannequins which were rescued from the bin of a local museum. His & Hers all ready for the Hilton Arts Fest. 
So what do you think?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hilton Arts Festival - Simply Sam raising funds for Khazimula


This painting of Chester Williams, by world renowned painter, FLEUR FERRI, will be sold at the Hilton Arts Festival. A percentage of the funds will be handed to the Khazimula Childrens project ( in Nottingham Road. We hope to sell the painting in excess of R35,000. The highest offer over R15,000 gets to take the painting home and will be contacted via email after the show. 

Chester Williams was the first non-white player to be included in the Springboks and was the famous winger of the SA national Springbok team that won the Rugby World Cup against New Zealand in 1995.

Fleur Ferri (1929-2006) art is represented in collections worldwide. Selected to record the last Sitting of Westminister System of Government in 6m painting of the State President & 29 Parliamentary figures for the Houses of Parliament; Has painted portraits of eminent government & public figures in SA & abroad; 14 portraits of Southern African Heads of State; among the many distinguished South Africans painted by Ferri are: Dr Anton Rupert (Rembrandt Foundation), Mr Harry Oppenheimer and Nelson Mandela