You may have seen the adverts on the telly or in the paper, or heard people talking about it when you’ve been in town – this weekend sees the arrival of Small Business Saturday. Giving small businesses like ours the chance to shine and take on the big boys, the day is all about supporting small and local businesses, and taking inspiration from business owners who have over come huge odds to create thriving companies with loyal customers.
The event has been taking place annually for several years now, and marks the first shopping day of December, thereby giving people the chance to think about shopping more locally and independently for their Christmas presents. So since we are a one of the surviving small businesses in Ashford, and we have a fantastically loyal customer base in and around Ashford, we are wholeheartedly taking part. We’re giving everyone who makes a purchase on all fabrics, haberdashery and vintage craft supplies on sale at Emporia Fabric & Craft, 20% off on the day.
So while you’re in town and supporting small businesses, we thought we would given you some inspiration on what to buy for your friends and family from some of the smallest businesses going – all the lovely designers at the Emporia Craft & Vintage Market pop up shop next door.
Still not got all your Christmas decorations out of the loft yet? Or if you have, are they looking a bit tired and forlorn? We’ve got bucket loads of Christmas tree decorations on the pop up tree, so whether you want Scandinavian birds, felt penguins or even fancy making your own from a Sew Brilliant kit, there’s plenty to choose from.
Shopping for teenagers is always tricky, given that in the space of one minute something that was really great is now deemed awful and ugly, and makes them roll their eyes at your utter stupidity for even suggesting they might like it. Save yourself the hassle and go for classic comic book cool with the Marvel furniture from Upcycle Sue, or a seriously on trend leather satchel in funky lime green and purple trim from Kamo.
Dads and grandads are another category that tend to be awkward when it comes to choosing presents. Ignore their requests for beer and whisky and get them something that will sort the men from the boys when it comes to looking dapper. Vintage style cufflinks from Taffeta Punk feature old comics and stamps, while these stylish bowties from Susanne from Bijoux Beading are perfect for those wanting to emulate Doctor Who No.11.
Mums, aunties, girlfriends, wives and generally any females in your life over the age of 12 will be thrilled to be on the receiving end of one of these gorgeous necklaces from Lucy Alice or Richardson & Richardson. Choose from wildlife inspired animals in wood cut and pastel colours, or go bolder with the laser cut perspex birds and bees.
Little children don’t always want plastic toys and noisy electronic gadgets for Christmas, sometimes little things like personalised bunting or a wash bag or pencil case made from bright and exciting patterned fabric will please them more than standard high street fare. Sew Brilliant can make up bunting for you with any name on it, and Aye Aye has a huge range of funky, bright and colourful bags in a range of sizes and shapes.
Not forgetting nans and grandmas this Christmas, how about a gorgeous coloured cat for her sofa from Lotte Jamieson or a pretty driftwood mirror from Bertie Bloom? Or if she’s a sucker for traditional presents, there are plenty of wonderful smelling soaps from The Soap Dragon, made with essential oils that will make her feel extra special.
And if you’re after a little something for yourself – and who isn’t this time of year – then there’s plenty of knitwear in the pop up shop to keep you warm while you carry on doing your Christmas shopping. Hats, bootcuffs and wristwarmers are all on sale from Lotte Jamieson, Baa Baa Designs and Susanne from Bijoux Beading.
Get 20% off in Emporia Fabric & Craft on Saturday 6th December 2014 as part of Small Business Saturday.