This post is in paid collaboration with Etsy.
There’s no better shopping experience than when you get to meet the person who created a piece that you’ve fallen in love with. Whether it’s clothing, decor, jewellery, furniture – handmade products always have more charm. For years I’ve been a huge fan of Etsy – it’s the place to be if you’re in the market for anything creative, independent or unique – so when Birmingham’s branch of this wonderful marketplace reached out and invited me to the launch of their Christmas season, I was as excited as you’d imagine!
Running for just two days – 30 Nov until 1 Dec – you can find this gorgeous little Etsy Made Local event in the Custard Factory; there’s nowhere more suited to an Etsy market than in the heart of Brum’s creative quarter, Digbeth.
There might not be a huge number of pop up stalls, but there’s definitely a huge variety of products – no matter who you are or who you’re shopping for, you’ll find an item you just can’t part with (yes, that is a warning!).
The Brum Etsy team kindly gave me some vouchers to spend on the day, and I think it says something that I spent all of them on a lighting piece by Sloka Richmond Design (photos coming soon)! I’ve never seen work like theirs and, not only is each bespoke design absolutely stunning (and a great conversation starter when you have guests round), but it’s also created with sustainability in mind!
Made entirely by hand by two best mates Aleks and Andy, the body of each lamp is created from fallen English Oak that they’ve rescued from either Sherwood Forest or their own back garden. Each log is then filed, lighting fixtures are added, and stuck to a piece of marble – each tile is actually an excess sample from various kitchen stores, who would otherwise have just dumped them.
The other makers whose products I just adore and whose (every) social media I’ve made sure to follow (a pretty integral part of supporting independent makers – actually let them know that you love their work!) include EllARTshop and AmuletsnArtefacts.
If you’re planning on heading to the Birmingham Etsy Made Local Christmas Market this weekend, I’d love to know which makers’ work stood out to you and whether you picked up any of the pieces there!