Etsy Made Local – The Christmas shopping starts here

Sam Wonfor gears up for a lovely afternoon of browsing and buying in Newcastle

As part of this year’s commitment to avoid panic-bought presents and a Christmas Eve wrapping marathon against the clock, I’ll be making sure I pay a visit to Trinity Church in Gosforth today (Sat, Dec 1) as it experiences the best kind of invasion – namely talented people selling absolutely lovely stuff.

It’s the festive incarnation of the Newcastle Etsy Made Local event, which offers a roomful of North East creative wonders the chance to show off the fruits of their labours – and a boatload of shoppers the opportunity to get up close and personal with stuff.

Etsy Made Local event in Newcastle

Clockwise from top left: Kate Miller; Cire; Fablestitch, Lolla Mac, Hello! Hooray!, Cool Seas, The Crafthood and Skullbag. Images channeled from Instagram (links below)

We would imagine this will be particularly useful for the scented candle and perfume makers among the stallholders. If I try and scratch and sniff my iPad one more bloody time….

And that’s why I’ll be making sure I get my nostrils down to the Etsy Made Local Newcastle event afternoon, being sure to remember I’m supposed to be shopping for others.

My performance at the recent Thoughtful Night Market was shamefully self-indulgent… But enough about my failings. Here’s a full list of the tip top traders you can expect to see:

For Mama and Baba – For jewellery which is both lovely and babyproof

Milk and Moon – For some pretty stylish baby accessories

The Copperworks – For bespoke copper products to swoon over

Rude Bodycare – For vegan skincare and body products

Scout and Rae – For handmade clothing with a conscience

Fablestitch – Eco-happy clothes for ‘wayfarers and adventurers’

Tribe of Sparrows – For colourful stationery and gifts fuelled by a love of wildlife

Hello! Hooray! – For crafty and bright embroidery

Sir Robin – For ‘snazzy belts with edge’

By Kate Miller – For prints and collages inspired by the loveliness of Northumberland

The Crafthood – For loads of lushness in the areas of candles and crafts

Bous Candles – For home fragrances to make your nostrils flare with excitement

Ciré – For sustainably made wax canvas bags

Cool Seas Jewellery – For distinctive jewellery made from sterling silver and Seaham sea glass

Cube Root – For beautifully eco-friendly jewellery

Lolla MAC – For gorgeous contemporary handmade jewellery

Wish Upon A Print – For personalised (and non-personalised) prints and accessories

Olive & Clay – For homeware that is handmade and lovely to boot

Canny Crafty – For getting amongst it and crafting up a storm yourself

Lindsay Lucas Candles – For making your home smell of lovely.

Skullbag – For handmade gifts you won’t find anywhere else

Nick James – For fine, fine furniture

Samantha Lois – For adding some resin-based art to your collection

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