Today I ventured along to the Etsy Made Local market at Intu Milton Keynes, locally known as ‘The new bit’ of the shopping centre.
I went along with my Dad who has yet to venture into the world of markets with his Etsy shop, so it was a great way for him to see how it all happens and to network with other local sellers. My Dad, who I think is simply brilliant, (biased much) makes beautiful wooden things for the home. His venture is called Knot N Bowl if you want to check him out.
The market was great, so many lovely sellers, all a little bit chilly but cheerful non the less. We mooched around the 40+ stallholders, with the promise of popping into Pret when we were done! The beauty of Etsy markets is that all the stallholders are true crafts people, all value the beauty of the handmade and individual, so you are bound to buy something truly unique. I wish I could cover all the sellers I saw today at the market, but here are a few of my favourites I hope you love them too!
Rosie and the Boys
So first up is Rosie and the Boys, I have to say I fell in love with her table confetti! Which you could even use to craft your own cards or decorate gifts with. Owner, maker and designer Rosemary Cheetham lives and works in Bedford, and creates these beautiful paper cut garlands, cards and cake toppers too! Her products being made from paper are also environmentally friendly, even better she takes personalised commissions too.
This beautiful handcrafted Macrame caught my eye instantly, it was gorgeous! If it wasn’t for the fact my plants have been redistributed to friends and family because of the impending move, I would have happily snapped up one of the many plant hangers on offer! Owner of Bohème Fibres, Tara, was so lovely to chat to, she also takes commissions, so go check out her wall hangings and cute little key rings which would make perfect stocking fillers for the bohomie in your life!
Flat 102 owned by Stephanie, features some real Scandi style homewares. All her designs are created by her and then screen printed in her studio ‘aka the garage’! She also runs workshops from Southwood Stores, another local business you should definitely check out. I loved her cheese plant print cushion, I thought you would too!
Amy James had to be my favourite seller of the day, we had matching scarves on, so instantly I knew we’d get along! She showed me how her fantastic geometric noticeboards fixed to the wall, it was all so very simple, even a diy clown like me could do it. They caught my eye because I’ve pinned similar on my board for Tobias’ bedroom. I was thinking I could stick cork to the wall but these are miles better! You can have them in any formation plus they are easy to remove. Just one screw holds them securely to the wall with a really clever easy to put up system! Just brilliant! HandmadeAMJ is a firm favourite here!
Last up is Le Ekhaya, not strictly homewares I know, but we chatted about love of Ankara fabric and Unique Sibanda’s necklaces spoke that boho speak to me! They were some statement pieces. Her inspiration comes from the Ndebele Tribe known for their Aztec pattern and colourful wall paintings. Some truly lovely jewellery that isn’t what you’d find on the high street.
So there concludes my round up of the market and my favourite sellers! Make sure you check them out and #shopsmall #shoplocal this Christmas. The beauty of Etsy is these sellers post nationwide and some even internationally.