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Stallholder Feature #4 – Whiffle Pig

16 Oct
Whiffle Pig are a brand new homewares label selling beautiful, unique handmade items. We can’t wait to see their stall and what lovely gifts we can buy for Christmas!
Whiffle Pig Cushion

What can people expect from your stall?

Whiffle Pig is a small business formulated in the minds of Rachel Pratt & Annie Fielder – close friends and creative designers. Everything made is a mixture of hand and machine sewn designs, individually, by both of us giving everything a very warm and personal touch. Some of the materials themselves have been completely designed by Whiffle Pig themselves, something we intend to do more of in the future keeping our creations as original as we can.

Whiffle Pig Cat Cushion

What is your ideal Christmas gift from your stall?

Our ideal Christmas gifts from the stall would be any of our personalised pieces, either a little cat cushions with their cute little hand sewn faces or one of the little pillows with one of the little characters on the front. The personalised writing can be made to order and can be done in a range of fonts. Very nice little touch.

Whiffle Pig Cushion

What are you most looking forward to about Swop n Shop?

We are mostly looking forward to meeting other stall owners at the Swop n Shop and having a chance to unveil the new Whiffle Pig treats. Which is also the reasons we were interested in taking part in the Swop n Shop, along side supporting a very worthy cause.

http://www.facebook.com/WhifflePig

Stallholder Feature #3 – Hey Emma Blue

15 Oct

Hey Emma Blue sell an array of interesting and individual items which include accessories, jewelery, cards and pictures. Emma likes to experiment by making her items from different materials, we find out a little bit more about her stall and what to expect…

What can people expect from your stall?

It will definitely have a playful feel to it – fuzzy felt dinosaurs swapping jewellery and trinkets with robots, and little creatures hiding behind papercut cards and Kindle cases.

What is your ideal Christmas gift from your stall? 

I think the ideal Christmas gift from my stall would be one of the retro cassette Kindle cases. Perfect for keeping the magic-book-machines scratch-free and snazzy-looking.

Kindle Case

What is your favourite piece that you will be selling at Swop n Shop? 

My favourite piece that I will be selling is the “Read Instead” necklace. I love books and reading (I used to work in a Library), and so a lot of my inspiration comes from that.

Necklace

What attracted you to take part in Swop n Shop?

I wanted to take part in Swop n Shop because from the videos and photos of the last one (which I missed due to being away), it looked like a really lovely event that also promoted a great cause. I can’t wait to be a part of the next one!

http://www.facebook.com/heyemmablue

Stallholder Feature #2 – Scarlett Goddess

14 Oct

Scarlett Goddess are a vintage jewelry and accessories label who are the epitome of glamour! Scarlett Goddess had a stall at our event in June and is was quite possibly our sparkliest stall! It is great to have them back again and find out what fabulous items they will be selling this time…

What can people expect from your stall?

High quality Vintage and newer jewelry from £1, Vintage Accessories – including Gloves, Bags & Scarves.  Hand knitted Cupcakes and hand-made Headbands, to suit all pockets and tastes.

What is your ideal Christmas gift from your stall?

A gorgeous piece of Vintage Jewelry for the recipient to treasure forever.  I can gift box any item of my jewelry to add that special touch.

What is your favourite vintage piece that you will be selling at Swop n Shop?

A beautiful Vintage 1950’s heavily beaded Pastel Shades Evening Bag in gorgeous condition.

Scarlett Goddess Bag
 Or this pretty 1950’s Double Row Crystal Necklace or Flower Basket Brooch.  There is such a lot of choice!
Scarlett Goddess Necklace

What attracted you to take part?

I took part in the last Swop n Shop and felt it was such a worthwhile cause/event that I wanted to be part of it again.

I just love Vintage items.  They transport you back in time to an age of glamour and elegance when jewelry was made to last – that’s why these pieces are still being worn today and still look stunning.

I love to be creative and have made some Headbands for the event – there is one shown top left of the photo (back and red flower with veiling).   My Sister in Law makes the Knitted Cup Cakes.    I also have a stall at Heanor Antiques Centre.

Scarlett Goddess Headband

Swop n Shop Guidelines and Rules!

13 Oct

Hi everyone,

Swop n Shop is next Saturday!! I hope you are as excited as we are! We want everyone to have a great time and enjoy the event so we have  put together a brief outline of how the event works and a few rules for happy swopping!

How to Swop

  1. Bring your unwanted items of clothing to the swop desk
  2. We’ll swap your items for tokens – 1 item = 1 token
  3. Browse our stalls, Red Cross shop & have a cup of tea at the pop up café while we sort & display your items
  4. Swop opens – browse the goodies brought in by other people – look out for designer labels!
  5. Hand in your tokens at the swop desk and take away your new things

Swop rules

  1. Menswear and childrenswear is accepted
  2. 1 item = 1 token
  3. Please don’t bring any swimwear, underwear, hosiery or nightwear as these won’t be accepted.
  4. Only clean, non-damaged and good condition clothes will be accepted.
  5. Accessories including shoes, bags, belts, hats and jewellery are accepted provided they’re in good nick.
  6. Forgotten to bring something to swop? No problem – pick up something from the pop up Red Cross charity shop to swop
  7. Any items left over at the end of the swop will be donated to our Belper & Uttoxeter Red Cross charity shops

Easy! If you have any further questions or queries please do get in touch. Our friendly and helpful volunteers will also be on hand at the event if you need any help or fashion guidance!!

We shall look forward to seeing you all next week 🙂

Laura, Alex and Siobhan x

Stallholder Feature #1 – Fazane

12 Oct

Fazane is a new and exciting womenswear label who launched last year and are based in Derbyshire.  These beautiful limited edition pieces are already being featured in the media and are being sold across the internet including a shop on ASOS Marketplace. We caught up with Fazane to find out more about her label.

Fazane Sabrina Dress £109

What can people expect from your stall?

All of our styles from our AW12 collection, with one of each size to try on (your item will then be posted to you separately rather than take-away on the day).

Our latest collection consists of classic everyday pieces with a twist. They are easily mixed and matched with an existing wardrobe but are strong enough to stand alone and ‘wow’ in a crowd.

Pieces from this collection comprise of ‘Fazane’ designed printed silk soft separates, faux fur jackets, woolen and crepe tailoring along with pleated pieces and a couple of sparkly evening numbers to give the collection an edge.

The colour palette consists of easy to wear blacks, whites, grey’s and creams.

We have only produced 50 pieces of each style with each one individually numbered and signed.

Prices range from £49.00-£249.00

Fazane Ann Dress £139

What inspires your designs?

Inspiration is taken from everyday people, how they put their outfits together, fashion blogs, networking sites and pieces that we all need in our wardrobes.

What is your key Fazane item for this season?

The rebekah coat £249.00 in super soft faux fur and fully lined in silk. The perfect example of a piece that will last you season after season.

Fazane Rebekah Coat £249

What attracted you to take part in Swop n Shop?

Its really great to get together with other like minded people and it is a great opportunity to get our brand more exposure.

http://www.fazanemalik.co.uk/

What Can The Red Cross Do With Your £3 Entry?

7 Jun

As you might be aware, all money raised by Swop n Shop will be used by The British Red Cross to help those affected by crisis both at home and overseas.

Here’s a list of just some of the amazing things The British Red Cross could do with your £3 entry fee:

– Provide one food parcel for someone living with HIV in South Africa.

– Provide 50 litres of purified water.

– Provide one foil blanket for an earthquake survivor.

– Give lifesaving treatment for nine people affected by cholera.

– Feed a malnourished child for a week.

– Provide two fruit tree seedlings to a community in Uganda, providing nutrition for families and an income when sold at market.

Ultimately, we wish to raise £2,500 for The British Red Cross.

If £3 can be used to such wonderful ends, imagine what they could do with £2,500:

– Care for 20 vulnerable people at home after a hospital stay.

– Give 83 people freedom and confidence through the loan of a wheelchair.

– Enable our volunteers to trace 50 family members separated by conflict or natural disasters.

– Buy staple foods, second hand cooking utensils and toiletries for 150 refugees newly arrived in the UK.

– Provide 62 essential household item kits for families including four blankets, two sleeping mats, a clothing kit, a jerry can, a bucket, and two bars of soap.

But what about you? What do you get for your £3?

Quite a lot:

– Over 20 local and independent stores selling unique upcycled, vintage and handmade arts, crafts and desirables – most of which is completely unavailable anywhere else.

– Access to the almighty Swop – £3 really isn’t much to pay for the chance to revitalise your entire wardrobe.

– A groovy 60s living room – a spaced-out relaxation space where you can spin vinyl and bask in the wondrous vintage vibes.

– A wholesome feeling of well-being and satisfaction.

So bring your friends. Bring your family. Have your family bring their friends. Have the friends of your family bring their family.

Spread the word and help us meet and beat our target.

How Does The Swop Work?

6 Jun

Swop n Shop is now mere days away. Are you excited? We can’t sleep.

Wondering how it all works? Here’s a quick FAQ designed to answer all your burning questions:

1. Our swop is simple – you bring your unwanted clothes, we swop them for tokens, you swop your tokens for someone else’s unwanted clothes. That impulse buy you’ve always regretted buying, that’s sitting in the back of your wardrobe? It’s another person’s steal of the century.

2. Menswear and childrenswear is accepted. So bring your husbands, boyfriends and fiances along! Children are welcome too – any aged 10 and under will get in for free.

3. One item of clothing = one token. So the more you bring, the more you can take away…

4. Please don’t bring any swimwear, underwear, hosiery or nightwear as these won’t be accepted.

5.  Only clean, non-damaged and good condition clothes will be accepted.

6.  Accessories including shoes, bags, belts, hats and jewellery are accepted provided they’re in good nick.

7. Forgotten to bring something to swop? No problem – pick up something from the pop up Red Cross charity shop to swop.

8. Don’t fancy swopping? It’s not compulsory – why not spend your afternoon shopping at the 20 local independent pop up shops selling everything from vintage jewellery to handmade homewares and gifts, or chill out in the retro lounge with tea, cake and old records.

Still not sure how it works? Drop us a line – call 0115 852 8016 or email agadsby@redcross.org.uk

See you there!