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New sellers and other exciting news…

We are really pleased to announce a few more local sellers have joined Our Handmade Collective, taking us to nearly 60 sellers.

We have admired these sellers’ items for a while and we’re really chuffed that they have chosen to stock with us in the Grand Arcade, Leeds.

Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post for our other exciting news…

The most recent additions to Our Handmade Collective are:

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In other Exciting News…

Do you remember a while back we asked you to nominate us in Leeds Love Affair Indie Awards 2014. Well thank you very much for doing so as we’ve been shortisted for 2 of the 5 awards!

leedsloveaffairvoteNow PLEASE can we ask for one more minute of your time?

Please click on this link http://leedsloveaffair.co.uk/news/vote-for-the-leeds-indie-award-winners-2014.

Our shop is listed in the 3rd and 5th categories, which are ‘Best Indie Place to Shop in Leeds’, and ‘Best New Leeds Indie Business’. All you need to do is click, no need to give out your details or fill out any forms! You can even do it from your phone or tablet.

“Please note: you can vote once per day, and be sure to share this page with family and friends to maximise votes for your favourites. ”

“Voting will close on 21 August and remember, there is no judging panel. Winners are solely decided by the number of votes cast by you, the Leeds loving public.”

Thank you so much. We really are lucky to have such fabulous and loyal customers.

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Spring is in the air!

What a beautiful warm Spring evening!

Here are a few photos of some beautiful spring coloured gifts for sale in our shop.

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Ted and Co Handmade (above)

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Kitsch-ina (above)

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Handmade by Natalie (above)

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Mothersaid (above)

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Littel Gems  (above)

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Punto Belle (above)

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Jil Made This (above)

We have a lovely wonderland of gifts waiting for you to buy for your loved ones. Including these cute bits of fun from our latest seller Lisa’s Little Fairy Doors (below).

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Mother’s Day Gifts

We have a lot of new gifts in the shop from our makers ready for Mother’s Day. But what should you get her to make her feel special? How about….

Flowers…

Instead of getting your mum a bunch of flowers that will only last a few days, why not get her a cute crocheted pot plant decoration (with matching card) that she can keep forever! Designed and made locally by Rose Cottage Crafts.

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Or quirky kitsch rings upcycled by Urban Magpie from old china flowers decorations.

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Jewellery…..

Why not treat her to some unique handmade jewellery. We have stunning silver crafted by Seabreeze Designs,

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and lovely sea glass carefully made into unique items by Shedplay.

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Food….

If your mum is a real foodie then why not get her some delicious Harrogate Preserves, Handmade chocolates from Chocolate Chest or sweets from Hello Sweet Thing

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or a wooden board from Gourmet Food Boards.gfboards

or a stylish apron handmade by Kitsch-ina that is too beautiful just to wear in the kitchen!

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Fashion and Accessories….

Does your mum always want to look her best? How about a handmade bag that is unique by Made by Marianne.

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or something from vintage fabrics by Natalie Breeze designs

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We have lots of beautiful handmade bags including this bright range by Punto Belle

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Also stunning range of gadget cosies from Urban Fox

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Bath and Beauty…

Colourful bath salts from Blue Butterfly

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or handmade natural bath bombs from Little Shop of Lathers

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Homeware…..

A wide range of cushion, notice boards, tea towels and mugs from The Little Button Co.

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Stunning hand-painted glasses make a great gift from Handmade by Natalie

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Hanging hearts with beautiful quotations and sentiment on them by The Wilsons

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Or hanging pottery butterflies by Detty Marie Ceramics

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Many scented candles including these in vintage china from Aunt Sallys Upcycled Crockery

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Also upcycled old china plates or vinyl records made into cakestands or sandwich platter (vinyl by Melodies)

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For the mum that has everything….

Hand felted covered books and journals by George and Lilly

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or buy her a craft kit and she can make her own gift and have fun doing it

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Cards and Wrapping…

A wide range of cards for all occasions including for Mother’s Day

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and a lot of them can be frames to make great gifts

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Take advantage of our Gift Wrapping service or buy some special clay tags from RedRat Designs

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We’re moving house!

We’ve been a little bit quiet recently as we’ve been very busy behind the scenes – and we’re very excited to tell you that we are moving into our own brand new shiny shop!

We’re leaving Handpicked Hall, but we’re not moving far – our new shop is located in the Grand Arcade directly underneath our old shop (which makes the transporting of stock and fixtures easy in principle)!

Our new shop window!

Our new shop window!

The more observant among you may notice that the window looks familiar – that’s because it was originally part of the downstairs section of Handpicked Hall.  When retailers relocated upstairs to the first floor of Handpicked Hall the downstairs area was sectioned off into new units – our neighbours The Traditional Shaving Company have already moved into the unit next to our new shop (so we will become neighbours once again!) and we are very excited that some of the other Handpicked Hall retailers have also leased other units within the Grand Arcade.  This means that the whole Arcade will be full of Independent Retailers of all shapes and sizes – and we can’t wait!

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So we’re been very busy decorating our lovely new shop in preparation for our move – we close our existing shop on Sunday 23rd March at 4.00pm and  we open our new doors on Thursday 27th March at 10.30am.  We will have new opening hours and will be open Tuesdays through Sundays….

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A little bit of colour going on the walls!

And as we love an excuse to party we decided to throw a Grand Re-Opening bash! The big event takes place on Saturday 29th March – join us between 10.30am and 6.00pm for a look around our new home, handmade chocolate tastings with The Chocolate Chest, homemade preserves tastings with The Harrogate Preserves Company, a glass of fizz, free goody bags with any purchases over £10, discounts and special offers by selected Collective members – plus live music in the Arcade from local band Weave  – it’s an event not to be missed!

Full details can be found on our Facebook Events page http://www.facebook.com/events/268198116686723/

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We are also welcoming some new sellers to join our shiny new shop –  Original Bob, Jil Made This and Life’s Big Canvas….

We will be sad to leave our little Handpicked Hall family but it’s time for us to strike out on our own to enable Our Handmade Collective to be THE Go-To destination for a handmade, handpicked gift shopping experience!

So please keep an eye on our blog posts, facebook page and twitter feed for all of our latest news!

Love is in the Air…

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We have some amazing handmade Valentine’s Day treats in-store now for you – from traditional to contemporary, funny to sentimental and quirky to tongue-in-cheek gifts, all handmade and unique!

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There are  gifts for the girls, gifts for the guys, traditional gifts of jewellery, sweets, chocolate, little tokens to amuse and delight – and some quirky and special treats you won’t find anywhere else!
Here are just some of the goodies we have available:

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And…. as if all this isn’t enough we are also running a series of ‘Personalise your own cards while you wait’ workshops!

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On 2nd, 8th and 9th February you can call in to us and meet PetelovesOrla and Boondoggle Studio, who will have a range of cards available which you can have personalised for the fabulous price of £4.00 – a truly unique greetings card! Some choices of card include:

cardcard2Hope to see you there! Don’t forget with the changes to Handpicked Hall you can now only get inside from Grand Arcade. The main entrance to Handpicked Hall on Vicar Lane is now closed but you can still get into Grand Arcade from Vicar Lane or New Briggate and then come upstairs where the fun is happening!

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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to all our customers!

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We’ve been really busy since the start of 2014 and the shop now looks amazing.

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Along with all your favourite old sellers we’ve got lots of new sellers that have joined Our Handmade Collective and many more on the way!! We’re in the process of updating our list of sellers on our About page, as we now have over 45!!

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There are also going to be great changes to the Handpicked Hall building in the Grand Arcade Leeds which means we’ll have more fabulous neighbours upstairs. We are very excited as it will mean an even more vibrant atmosphere upstairs under the glass roof!

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It will mean that with one quick trip to Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, New Briggate, Leeds, you can buy all your gifts, card and wrapping upstairs – then treat yourself to a fabulous coffee downstairs by Casa Colombiana.

Be sure to pop into the shop and come and see us soon. It’s going to be a very exciting 2014!

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