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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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Small Business Saturday Leeds

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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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

You are invited to Our Birthday Bash!

We cannot believe it but Our Handmade Collective is almost one year old! On 14th June we will have been trading as a collective for exactly one year. So to celebrate we are having a party and you are all invited!

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Workshops and Demonstrations (12noon – 3pm):

Chloe from Life’s Big Canvas will be helping you to make an origami shirt, just like these on her Father’s Day cards (see photo below). This activity is free to participate in but any donations to the Grand Clock Fund would be gratefully received.

Sarah from Button Bears by Gifted With Love will be showing you how to make a mini bear keyring  (cost £1 with 25p from each bear going to Grand Clock Fund).

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Grand Prize Raffle:

There is also a Raffle with a Grand Prize of over £250 of handmade creations. You can buy your tickets for £1 from the shop in Grand Arcade, Leeds. All proceeds will be going to the Grand Clock Fund to restore the Animated Clock in Grand Arcade. The winning ticket will be drawn at our Birthday Bash!

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Caption Competition:

You can also enter our caption competition by clicking here to go to our Facebook page and enter your comment.

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Decorate a Deerhead Competition:

You can decide how you would decorate one of Oh Deer’s deer heads and what you would call your creation. Enter our competition in store to see your deer head made and win a gift voucher. Be sure to enter before the 6th June!!

Oh Deer will also be allowing a generous 20% discount on any deer heads purchased during our Birthday weekend!

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In just one year we have gone from strength to strength and expanded from the original 19 sellers to nearly 55 of us now! That is down to you and your lovely comments and support – Many Thanks.

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Hope to see you at the Birthday Bash – bring a friend or the family and have fun in the Grand Arcade, Leeds Saturday 14th June. Or if you are in Leeds on Sunday 15th June to watch the #SkyRide then pop by and get a last minute Father’s Day gift.

Hope to see you soon x

Meet Milson May

Please meet another of our talented makers, Milson May jewellery by Jayne Smiles from Leeds.

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Jayne designs and handcrafts fused glassed rings.

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Jayne says “My father is a landscape artist, so I guess that creativity runs in the family!  Working with fused glass started as a creative hobby but soon became an absolute passion. Every spare minute, I was trying new ideas in the kiln and sketching out designs.  Founding Milson May enabled me to channel all my skills into gorgeous, wearable jewellery.”

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We have quite a few of Jayne’s amazing rings for you to choose from at Our Handmade Collective and each one is truly unique.

Meet Made by Marianne

Another fabulous maker in Our Handmade Collective is Marianne Harvey who designs and makes Bunting, Cushions, Brooches, Bags… and lots more!

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Marianne is based in Calverley, Leeds, and she says “I love creating unique pieces from gorgeous fabrics, threads and buttons”.

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Marianne began sewing again first as a hobby and then it turned into much more!  After starting to sell at local fairs she became inundated with orders and bespoke requests so now she sews every day.

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If you come and see us at Our Handmade Collective you can pick up an order form to ask Marianne to make something personalised with your loved one’s name on.

Meet Tina Green Glass Artist

Another of our fabulously talented makers, Tina Green Glass Artist.
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Tina is based in Barnsley where she produces glass items using various techniques, including: fusing, lampwork, tiffany and lead work.

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Tina says “A gentle nudge from my tutor got me to pass on my passion for glass and into the marketplace”.

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Tina uses copper-foil or Tiffany technique to make small decorative objects, nightlights and  window hangings that make great gifts. I have two of her lovely glass sheep hangings in my workroom!

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On Opening Day Friday 14th June, Tina will be in Our Handmade Collective demonstrating her glass working with very hot tools!! For more details see our Facebook page. Come and watch a talented artist making her glass live in store.