Candy Belle's Vintage Christmas | Shop Local

It's a tough time in Aberdeen at the moment. It seems like every day there is some news about another local business shutting down due to the economic downturn that is slowly turning this once bustling city into a ghost town.
Local, independent businesses are finding it hard to compete with the big boys, and don't get me started on the high rates they are charged to rent out premises.

In recent weeks a momentum has picked up, where people are promising to shop local, and visit independently owned businesses rather than giving their hard earned cash to those that have no issue making a profit.

One thing that has proved popular, particularly in recent years, is vintage fairs. One local business who is at the forefront of these awesome events is CandyBelle Vintiques. Once or twice a year they put on a vintage/craft fair and encourage local creators and businesses to sell their goodies. Having been to two of these fairs they are always very well organised, and I love talking to the makers and business owners. It's so encouraging to meet and hear about their passions, and you can tell all their goods are created with love.

I recently attended the highly anticipated CandyBelle's Vintage Christmas Fair at the Village Urban Resort on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
The amount of stalls was impressive, but there was still room to have a roam and take it all in. It was great meeting up with Janet Liddell, the lovely and creative ladyboss who helps organise the event. I also got to meet her absolutely scrumptious new baby Bertie. Too cute for words.

The calibre of handmade items by local artists would make anyone want to shop local all year round. I always think they are way more personal, and different to what people would expect to open on Christmas day.

Small Stories sell beautiful wooden ornaments and illustrations. They can also personalise some of their products for that extra special touch.

I am obsessed with Juniper Press' illustrated products. Their gin inspired goodies will be very popular this festive season. It seems like everyone is going daft over gin this year...

Again the illustration game is on point with Amy Singer's prints and cards. I love her Scottish themed  art, like the gorgeous festive stag and Bennachie surrounded by purple heather.  

Celtic Candles smell absolutely gorgeous and are made with natural oils and soya wax. My favourite was the Lemongrass as I am such a sucker for citrus fragrances. 

Of course there was an abundance of vintage items on sale, from furry hats to glittery dresses it was a retro lover's dream.

Dundee based WhimSicAL LusH is becoming a bit of a local celeb in her home town. Having created illustrations for Brew Dog and having her talent being showcased on the newly developed Discovery Walk this artist is one to watch! Her cacti prints would brighten up any room! 

Stephanie at Le Petit Moose creates stunning hand woven wall hangings. Perfect new home gifts! I actually attended one of her Beginners Weaving Classes and it was so much fun. She regularly hosts them so if you know someone who loves crafts it would be the best Christmas gift for them.   

I just NEED that Irn Bru "Fanny" cross stitch from Pulp Stitchin. It embodies everything that is great about Scotland. The national drink and the best descriptive word ever. Genius.

Last, but certainly not least, are these delicious yummies from Little Kitchen Cakes. Not only do they look amazing, they taste great too. The Chocolate Orange shortbread is so moreish, melt in the mouth perfection.

How amazing are all these local businesses? There are so many talented and passionate artists out there that we have to support and boost them as much as we can. Why not make a pact with your family and friends and vow only to shop local this year! You'd be surprised at how successful you are.



1 comment:

  1. I love the hand woven hangings, they look so pretty!
    Shopping locally (and seasonally) should be an all time trend and not just when the crisis hits, and I am so happy to see people in Aberdeen supporting these small and mostly family owned businesses :)

    Thanks for your comment about my trip to Inverness, you are going to LOVE IT!!! And yes please, So Coco all the way!



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