about us

the shop at forty was established in 2013 by renovating partners Sharon Walker and Lee Burrett.

Having always had a knack for upcycling retro curiosities and salvaging vintage pieces of furniture, the pair built a workshop in their garden, painted it turquoise and set about turning their hobby into an online furniture business.

In 2014, they set up a permanent shop in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, and successfully ran the business from there for 5 years. During this time they won a number of awards, including Business of The Year in the 2015 St Neots Community Awards, and also the Best Interiors store in Cambridgeshire 2 years running from the lifestyle blog Muddy Stilletos.


In October 2019, we decided to move the operation of the shop to the workshop/studio we had built at home, and took the decision to leave the shop premises at St. Mary’s St. Customers are always welcome at the workshop, and we are continuing to sell online – it’s business as usual but we get to spend more time with the dog!

Since moving the business back home, we have expanded our product range to include retro clothing and collectable and vintage items. We also source and sell a range of clearance stock from major retailers such as John Lewis, under the ‘forty seconds’ banner, helping to save slight seconds and customer returns from landfill. 

From retro, revamped, recycled and clearance, we have a whole range of products available on this site, with delivery and collection options always available.