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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Leeds

The first shopping Saturday in December has come to be known as SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, supporting and promoting all those lovely independent businesses that make up the corners of your city and online.

Come on down to Our Handmade Collective today and not only will you be celebrating our little shop with us, but you will also be supporting all our independent designers too – there’s 58 designers all under one roof!
If you shop with us today you’ll get an awesome goody bag and two stamps for the price of one on your loyalty cards!!

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There are incredible benefits to shopping small: Each product is handcrafted with incredible attention to detail and you’d be hard pressed to find the same product elsewhere on the high street.

Get something a little bit different for your loved ones this year and if you’re completely stuck for ideas there are no better experts than the staff at Our Handmade Collective to help pick out the perfect gift. We’re friendly and easy to approach and we genuinely love each and every product in store, handpicked by our owners Claire & Natalie.

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We have home decor ideas from gorgeous lamps to fun signs to brighten up your bathroom and kitchen, hand sewn gifts, scarves and mittens for your Grandma who is always hard to buy for, a fun and kooky moustache for your daughter, gifts made from a vinyl record for your musician boyfriend, a cute dog brooch for the dog walker and gorgeous handmade jewellery for your mum, sister and girlfriend. We also provide a gift wrapping service too, so you can leave with all your presents bought and wrapped with weeks to go!

While you’re here you can grab a coffee at Casa Colombiana or groom that post Movember facial hair at The Traditional Shaving Company and support all the amazing small businesses that we live alongside in the Grand Arcade!

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Don’t worry if you can’t make it today, you can support us everyday as we’re now open until Christmas Eve.

See you at the shop x

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving at Our Handmade Collective

Today at Our Handmade Collective we’re feeling very blessed and have lots to be thankful for. It’s been an incredible year!!

  • The fabulously talented makers we have that make up Our Handmade Collective – we couldn’t do any of this without them!
  • Winning the Leeds Love Affair Best Place to Shop in Leeds award – voted for by you lovely lot!

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  • Having such wonderful and loyal customers – without your support we wouldn’t still be here….
  • Our incredible working partnership – we just fit together so well!
  • Being ranked no.1 for shopping in Leeds on Tripadvisor – yay!

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  • The community of creative and supportive Independent retailers within the Grand Arcade that we are honoured to part of….
  • Having such understanding and supportive husbands!

Here’s to an even better year to come!
What are you thankful for? Share with us on Twitter and Facebook!

Don’t forget to RSVP to our awesome Christmas event, MORE Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

With love from Natalie, Claire and all at Our Handmade Collective on Thanksgiving x

Send a Letter to Santa!

Letter to Santa, Our Handmade Collective

Since Santa is super busy making all your festive goodies at this time of year he has asked the Our Handmade Collective Christmas Elves for some help collecting everyone’s Christmas wishes!

In store we have our very own North Pole Postbox for you to post your letters to Santa. Just pop back in store to collect your reply from Santa himself! You can either print the template from the image in this blog and bring it with you to post in the special North Pole Postbox or if you need inspiration, come along to the shop and complete a letter there… then leave the rest to us!

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The last guaranteed posting date for you to be able to receive your reply from Santa is Friday 19th December at 5.00pm. He is very busy, after all!

Why not combine your trip with a visit to the MORE Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine shopping event on the 4th December? RSVP, here!

Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas! x

We need more Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine…

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We’re recovering a little after our Christmas Launch event – all your Our Handmade Collective Christmas elves are worn out, but our little happy hearts are filled with love for everyone that came out to join us, brought friends & family and shared the event far and wide. It was fantastic to see so many of our lovely customers drinking mulled wine and eating our award winning fudge! THANK YOU.

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Let us know if you’d like to come back again and we’d love you to share your purchases with us on social media… unless they’re gifts of course! Those need to stay super secret.

Don’t forget that we are also now open every day until Christmas so you can shop with us at your convenience….including late night Thursdays until 8.00pm.

If you enjoyed your shopping experience, please feel free to pop us a review on Trip Advisor – we’re number one for Shopping in Leeds you know! Cheers!

See you at the shop x

 

Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine!

There are only 62 days until Christmas!! Don’t panic, if you haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, we’re waiting for you at Our Handmade Collective.

Even better, we’re going to make the task FUN. Bucket loads of our sellers will be in attendance on 30th October wearing daft Christmas jumpers and handing out Mince Pies & Mulled Wine. You can even kiss your sweetie under the Mistletoe.

If that’s not enough to tempt you, how about 10% off hundreds of products in store for one night only? Handmade, unique and a bargain. Why, you might just get all your presents in one go!

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On the night we’ll be announcing the winners of the Box of Delights raffle! Get your ticket in store now for just £1. Proceeds go towards saving the beautiful clock in our Grand Arcade and restore it to it’s former glory.

As well as being an unmissable night, our festive party marks the start of our Christmas opening hours. We’ll be open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK and for those who can’t stomach weekend shopping, you can pop in after work on a Thursday until 8pm!

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If you’re at a complete loss for what to buy your loved ones this Christmas, you’re in luck! Our staff are experts at gift giving and will be more than happy to help you pick out the greatest gift you’ve given yet. We even offer gift wrap from £1.50. If you really can’t decide, give the gift of choice with our gift vouchers available in store! You could only get a better service from Santa himself! 😉

Don’t forget your Christmas jumper at the event, there’s a prize for the best one! See you at the shop x

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas , my true love gave to me…. some lovely OHC goodies!

One of our talented makers Juliette of UrbanFox has been photographing everybody’s creations and making them into the Twelve Days of Christmas. She has created this amazing animation to include all the seasonal goodies we have on offer.

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On our Facebook page we’d all been trying to work out the Our Handmade Collective’s version of the festive song and we came up with:

On the first day of Christmas OHC gave to me… a smiley sprout in a tree!

On the second day of Christmas OHC gave to me… two Christmas stockings

On the third day of Christmas OHC gave to me… three Christmas puddings

On the fourth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… four hats and scarves

On the fifth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… five comfy cushions

On the sixth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… six mugs for drinking

On the seventh day of Christmas OHC gave to me… seven frames-a-hanging

On the eighth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… eight reindeers flying

On the ninth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… nine stars-a-twinkling

On the tenth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… ten pinnies-a-prancing

On the eleventh day of Christmas OHC gave to me… eleven bags-a-toting

On the twelfth day of Christmas OHC gave to me… twelve cards-a-greeting

Each day on our Facebook page we feature an album of photographs of wonderful handmade gifts that fit the day’s song.

Christmas Gifts for One and All!

The Christmas Countdown is on….and we have Christmas Gifts for One and All at Our Handmade Collective!

It’s the year of Independent Retail, and we have some fabulous unique, handmade gifts for every person on your Christmas Gift List…

Whether it’s gifts for Mum, Dad, Grandma, Auntie Sue, best friend, sister, brother, Uncle Paul – and everyone in between – we’ve got it covered!

And if you really can’t decide when you come to visit us – Give the Gift of Choice with one of our Gift Vouchers – available in denominations of £5, £10, £20 and valid for all purchases from OHC within six months of voucher date.

Treats for the home

Stunning landscapes of Yorkshire and the North East Coast, beautiful vintage butterfly map artwork, handprinted mugs, aprons, tea-towels, wooden food boards made from wine barrels, gorgeous welsh slate cheeseboards, stained glass vases and hanging decorations, quirky prints made from dictionary pages – and lots more to choose from including cushions galore!

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Dress your Festive Table in style!

Beautiful welsh slate placemats, stylish bunting, vintage tea cup candles, the all important cheeseboard and murano beaded knife, hand painted wine glasses with their own charms – and a fab bottle coat to dress your Champers!

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Gifts for the younger ones…

Beanie hats and scarves, make your own knitting and crochet kits, natural bath and body products, diaries, jewellery, aprons, teddies, trinket boxes, funky monsters, quirky toys….the list goes on and on!

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Gifts for her

Stylish, classic and contemporary jewellery, trinket boxes, decorated photo frames, vintage tea cup candles, beautiful artwork, natural bath, body and shower goodies, wooden jewellery boxes, mosaic mirrors, leather handbags, scented candles and stained glass – to name but a few!

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For the Man in your life…

Cufflinks of lego, coins and magnified scientific images, mugs, handmade Chocolates, original framed Lego characters, tiepins, phone covers, kindle and Ipad covers, quirky artwork, hats, scarves….

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For the more mature person….

Tongue in cheek knit your own dishcloths, crafting kits, aprons, stunning landscape photography artwork, beautiful wooden trinket boxes and storage chests, handmade chocolates, candles, vintage china cake stands, glass decorations…and the ultimate gift for Granddad – his very own ‘Granddad’s Cushion’ for his favourite chair!

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Baby’s first Christmas..

Keepsake tree decorations, beautiful bespoke Nappy cakes, cute hat, mitten and booties set, snuggly woollen blankets, quirky baby-gro aprons, funky organic Teddies, keepsake artwork…and so much more!

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Treat your Tree!

Decorate your Tree in style this year with our handmade decorations in glass, wood, clay, felt, fabric – and our handmade Sprouts!

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Cards, Tags, Wrapping…

A huge range of bespoke, quirky, funny, contemporary, sentimental and personalised Christmas cards, gift tags, embellishments and even better – our Gift Wrapping service!

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Decorations for your Hearth and Home…

Traditional and contemporary Stockings to hang on your mantelpiece, Advent Calendars, Christmas Bunting, make your own crackers, paperchains and decorations, Christmas cushions, candles and memo boards….we have it all!PhotoGrid_1385247348746_1

So don’t delay – visit us today and enjoy our Christmas Shopping Experience!

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Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Mud Packs….

On Saturday 17th October we had our Christmas launch evening at Our Handmade Collective. We planned to treat shoppers with mulled wine and mince pies, and the mulled wine was amazing thanks to fabulous spice packs from Syndi of Asharun Spices.

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Right from the beginning the shop was full with people coming to check out the new Christmas products from our 36 makers.

Many, Many thanks to all our lovely customers who came down to the launch night and made it such fun!

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We also had samples of the delicious chocolate from The Chocolate Chest, thanks to Emma’s generosity.

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One of our trees covered in handmade decorations from our makers.

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Handmade cards by McDonough and Davies, and also Imagine by Lindsay Chapman.

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One of our bestsellers were these cute Christmas sprouts by Briony of Wonderkind.

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I love this stunning glass tea light holder by Tina Green Glass Artist. Her hanging angels also looked fabulous on our tree.

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These cute reindeer flannels are made by Sue of Bottoms Up! Nappy Cakes and Gifts. I’ll be buying some of these for my girls Christmas presents!

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Christmas never smelt as good! Fabulous natural bath products from Claire of Little Shop of Lathers.

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Christmas presents would look naked without these beautiful clay tags by Alison of Red Rat Designs.

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How cute are these little knitted jumpers? I’m definitely grabbing one of them while stocks last to go on my Christmas tree.

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And of course you can be the ‘hostess with the mostess’ with a handmade pinny or apron from Claudia of Kitsch-ina. Entertain this Christmas in style!

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Some of our shelves full to the brim with unusual Christmas gifts for everybody!

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Our Handmade Collective got into the Christmas Spirit with some fabulous Christmas jumpers. Claire’s xmas pudding jumper was a firm favourite!

Our makers will be replenishing their Christmas stock frequently and you are always likely to find something new each time you visit. So write out your Christmas shopping lists and come down and Buy Handmade this Christmas supporting small local businesses.