Get your finishing touches at Lots&Crates


Lots&Crates was established in June 2010 at a time when South Africa was, along with global economies, smarting in the aftermath of a worldwide recession. This also coincided with the demise and subsequent closure of a  number if traditional household furniture retailers, leaving a large number of consumers at a loss as to where they would be able to purchase add-on or start-out furniture for the home.

Scatter cushions for only R99 and a range of 2-seater sofas from only R3950! These incredible price-points tell a fantastic story of how a business remains aligned to, and can stay focussed on its core offering…ready-to-go, stylish products at wholesale prices to the public.

Get some amazing products at Lots&Crates!

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Decorate with style

“We recognised a need to supply excellent value-for-money products into a discerning and relatively sophisticated market which was both price and style conscious, “says Craig Rheeder, Lots&Crates founder. “We immediately embarked on a programme of sourcing over-runs, samples, range-ends, close-outs and the like from some of the larger local furniture manufacturers and importers, focusing on middle of the range soft furnishings and case-goods that would have broad appeal to this customer base.”

The essence of the model is that you can pop into any one of the three Johannesburg-based stores, pick out what you like from a large range, pay cash and carry, or have a delivery done within 24 hours! This immediately satisfies the buyer who wants instant gratification and does not want to have to pay a deposit and wait for weeks for their goods to arrive.

Why yo should shop at Lots&Crates

Like it? Buy it!

The advantage of buying from Lots&Crates is that the products are sold straight from stock, so, if you see something that you like, you can buy it! Added to this is the knowledge that, because of their sourcing methodology, many of the items are unique, once off samples which are brought in by the container load and often not repeated, resulting in a varying offering that allows the customer to create their own individual style without having their home resembling the furniture show room of a large chain store.

While Lots&Crates has a traditional website for product reference purposes, other more dynamic social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram are used to show new and exciting arrivals on a weekly basis.

Some products sell before they are photographed, so a regular pop-in to your local Lots&Crates is essential if you want to get your hands on these great value products first!

Lots&Crates Stores

Blairgowrie, Conrad Drive, JHB – 011 326 2508

Kyalami, Barbeque Downs, JHB – 011 466 0072

Northlands Corner, JHB – 011 704 0524

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