Digging for Treasure at Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market

Glasgow VintageGlasgow is no stranger to a vintage market or five – in fact, I’ve been writing about local events like Granny Would Be Proud and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair almost as long as I have been blogging. If you’re a long-term reader (thank you!), you’ll know I get a huge kick out of rummaging the racks and digging for treasure!

So, when a new market comes along it needs to stand out from the crowd, am I right? Otherwise it might get lost in the sea of thrifting events that are held regularly all over the city.

When I first heard about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market back in January, the plans made me sit up and pay attention. And not only that, I made sure to mark the date in my diary so I could go along to the inaugural market day and check it out!

Recently, I headed for the Barras Art and Design centre – an awesome indoor space that I don’t visit as often as I would like – on a Sunday morning to see what the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market was all about.

Since the market is going to be a monthly event, I thought it might be handy to share a few details about it. Whether you made it along to the first one or not, here are a few reasons to visit on 26th March…

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  1. Interior gems! Yes, the market has plenty of vintage fashion but what REALLY sets the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market apart is the plethora of homeware and interior bargains that you can browse. From one-off decorative pieces (I was banned from bringing home a certain kitsch pink cat ornament but believe me, I was sorely tempted!) to Habiib’s gorgeous selection of curated 20th Century furniture (pictured above – hubba hubba!), you’ll be kitting out your pad with retro pieces in no time.
  2. Local brands! In amongst the pre-loved and upcycled goodies, the market is also showcasing some emerging homegrown talent. At the last event I spied pop-up pampering for gents from Primo barbers and loved picking up some illustrated paper goodies from Hux Loves Honey. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be appearing at the next event.
  3. Food, glorious food! The BAad centre isn’t just a venue, it’s also home to A’Challtainn – a Scottish seafood restaurant and bar. All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so why not make a day of it and grab some lunch too? If seafood isn’t your bag, you can find lots of other options close by. After we cruised the market last month, we headed over to Drygate for a bite to eat; just a hop, skip and a jump away!

Bonus tip: even though I haven’t officially listed it, it would be wrong to tell you about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market and not casually mention all of the cute dogs in attendance! So, if you love pooches, you’re going to have a field day (I know I did).

Sound good? The next Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market takes place at BAaD (54 Calton Entry) on Sunday 26th March. Be sure to keep up to date with the market and their upcoming events over on Facebook.

Do you love digging for vintage treasure? What about cooing over adorable pups?

Love,

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3 Alternative Ways to Shop This Christmas

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It’s the last day of November so, if you haven’t started to at least plan your Christmas shopping yet, now’s the time!

Monday’s post was all about the best beauty gift sets that our favourite department store makeup counters have to offer, but today I’d like to focus more on HOW we shop, rather than what we’re buying. Over the next month, there are some exciting shopping events and new shop arrivals in Glasgow that are well worth checking out!

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Not only will these stores and markets leave you spoiled for choice, but they’re also a chance to discover something a little bit different while picking up a few festive treats. I can’t wait to share them with you, so let’s get started!

Here are 3 alternative ways to shop this Christmas…

1. Etsy Made Local AKA The Christmas Market You Must Visit 

Returning to Glasgow after last year’s successful event, the Etsy Team are organising an even bigger Christmas fair this year to celebrate local makers and creative talent. Showcasing the work of 132 designers and small businesses over a lively two-day stint at The Briggait, you can expect to browse the work of such clever cookies as Bonnie Bling, Nikki McWilliams, Claire Barclay Draws, Neil Slorance Art and many more.

At Etsy Made Local you’ll find oodles of homeware, art, illustrations, jewellery and accessories – perfect for anyone looking for Christmas gift inspiration. AND you might just discover your new favourite indie designer while you’re browsing! It all kicks off this Saturday at 11:30 and entry to the fair is free – see you there?

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2. Boutique by Shelter Scotland AKA The Thrift Store for the Style Savvy

Shopping in second-hand stores is something that I talk about a LOT, as not only does it help support charities and the work that they do, but it is also a way to help contribute to sustainability (and avoid clothes going to landfill!). So when I heard about Boutique, the newest project from Shelter Scotland, I was excited to see what the charity had up their sleeve. Teaming up with Wayne Hemingway, Shelter have created a charity shop with a stylish, design-conscious feel (the interior design has been created by Wayne Hemingway himself…need I say more?) and are opening their very first Scottish store tomorrow at 177 Byres Road.

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Having had a sneaky peek inside the store for myself, I really love the curated feel of the shop floor and even spied a few pre-loved gems ready to be snapped up (a beautiful oversized Chloe bag that would be perfect for a few gals I know…).  Shopping second-hand this Christmas will help to support those struggling with poor housing conditions and homelessness, but don’t forget how valuable your donations are too! If you’re planning a pre-Christmas clear out, the team at Boutique by Shelter would love to hear from you – you can pop in store from Thursday or drop them an email at ByresRoadShop@shelter.org.uk

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3. Wear Eponymous x Leiper Gallery AKA The Pop-up Concept Store

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street you’ll find the stunning Leiper Fine Art Gallery, where Wear Eponymous are hosting their latest pop-up shop. Within this traditional space there’s an explosion of contemporary designer brands and more award-winning talent than you can shake a Christmas tree at; including luxury fashion, accessories, interiors, jewellery, lifestyle pieces and art.

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This is Wear Eponymous’ 4th pop-up event, the latest in the team’s quest to introduce key independent designers to a wider audience. After all, some discoveries are too good to keep to yourself! Expect to find pieces from the likes of Helen Ruth, Rebecca Torres and Edge Only (LOVE!) as well as lots of others – all artistically presented in this classic building at 117 West George Street until 31st December.

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With a mega market, a chic charity shop and a powerful pop-up to choose from (OR why not visit all three?) it just goes to show that there are lots of alternative ways to shop over the festive period.

Glasgow is always bursting with fresh ideas and ways to support others, whether it’s charities, small businesses or local design talent and these three retail events are just a small selection of ways to get involved this Christmas! Let me know if you visit any of them – and if you have any other alternative or local shopping destinations for me to check out.

Love,

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Local Lovin’: Nikki McWilliams

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My Local Lovin’ series is a spotlight on designers / stores / creators of marvellous things (and anything else that catches my eye) – all based in Scotland. I believe that we should be supporting the amazing home-grown talent that we have so I decided to start Local Lovin’ as a regular feature. If you have an awesome project or create something that you think I might love please let me know! See my Contact page for details of how to get in touch.

If you’re familiar with my interiors posts, you’ll probably already know that I am a long-time fan of today’s Local Lovin’ interviewee! In fact, as soon as we knew our offer had been accepted to buy our flat, one of her famous custard cream cushions was at the top of my shopping list (even before we’d picked the sofa to put it on!). Today, I’m chatting with designer and creative director of everyone’s favourite biscuit-themed homeware and accessories, Nikki McWilliams…

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Hi Nikki! Can you tell me a bit about what inspires your colourful, playful designs?
I’m into food in a big way so using edibles as inspiration for my work was an easy decision! When I was at art school I experimented with food as a medium and even organised a cake-making contest for creative bakers.

Did biscuits always play a starring role or were they incorporated into your work a little later on?
It wasn’t until I started my business a few years later that biscuits started playing a starring role in my work. It sounded like a crazy idea at first- but the internet and social media let me connect with biscuit lovers all over the world…and the rest is history!

Ah, gotta love the internet – forever bringing people together! Where’s the most surprising place you’ve ever seen one of your cushions?
A Custard Cream cushion recently turned up on a trailer for the new series of QI- next to Alan Davies on a couch. I had no idea who had ordered it, so that was a nice surprise.

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What’s been your proudest moment so far?
Looking back, I think I’m most proud of being able to quit my day job to run my business full time. Making the leap was a pretty scary experience- but I worked my ass off to make it work and thankfully that paid off. I feel super grateful to do a job that I love!

Sometimes it’s the scariest things that are worth it, right? OK, Sophie’s Choice time! If you had to pick just one biscuit to eat for the rest of your life, which would it be and why? And, to dunk or not to dunk?
This is a tough question! If I had to pick one I think it would be a milk chocolate digestive- they’re pretty great dunked or just on their own.

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I’m a dark chocolate digestive kinda gal myself! Do you have anything coming up that we should keep our eyes peeled for?
I’m really excited about setting up shop at #EtsyMadeLocal in Glasgow this 3rd of December. There’s nothing better than meeting customers in real life and chatting about their favourite biccies!

I have some brand new Enamel Pin designs on their way- I can’t wait to share them as I really let my imagination run wild with one of the designs!

Alsooo: I’ve just started vlogging on my own Youtube channel! I’ve had so much fun with this already- and there’s been a lovely response- so I’m excited to share more behind the scenes videos over the festive season.

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Well, this is all very exciting! I can’t wait for December 3rd so I can come and stock up on some new pins! Who are some of your own favourite designers?
Instagram is an amazing place to discover new designers. I love that it’s a place to see their whole story- from finished products to behind the scenes of their own aesthetic! My favourite designer accounts at the moment are @onrshop @kodiakmilly @finestimaginary @ponypeople & @natelledrawsstuff.

If you could arrange a dream collaboration, who would you want to work with?

I’d love to work with G-Plan in creating some collaborative furniture. We have a few classic pieces at home that I’ve thrifted over the years- and the quality and design are top notch. So if you’re reading this, G-Plan, you know where to find me!

You heard the lady! A massive thank you to Nikki for joining me and I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little more about this awesome designer! And, be honest…have you added one of her designs to your Christmas list now?

Be sure to keep up to date with Nikki and shop the full range at her website.

With love, girl power and endless cups of tea,

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Image credits: all images used are by Nikki McWilliams