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Re-Launch VIP event!

Handpicked Hall has had some changes with most of the businesses moving upstairs to be under the beautiful glass roof. To showcase these changes they are having a Relaunch Weekend from Thursday 27th February to Sunday 2nd March 2014.


As we like any excuse to have a party we are having a VIP event on Thursday 27th February 6-9pm. We have an evening of celebration, entertainment and shopping planned.


We have a fabulous new layout and design that we are very excited about and can’t wait for everyone to see. Please come along and bring any family and friends with you! We have:
– Exclusive chats with our Sellers
– celebratory drinks and nibbles
– FREE gift with purchases over £10
– live music
– Handmade Chocolate Tasting with The Chocolate Chest
– Handmade Preserves Tasting with The Harrogate Preserves Co

Plus the chance to browse around the whole of Handpicked Hall in comfort and style!


Don’t forget the new entrance into Handpicked Hall is from Grand Arcade itself and we are upstairs!



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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year to all our customers!


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


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!!


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!


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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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!


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!


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!


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!


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….


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!


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!


Treat your Tree!

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


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!


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!


Meet Ted & Co. Handmade

This evening we meet Luciana Albertin of Ted & Co Handmade from York.


Luciana has been sewing for many years making Children’s clothes and soft toys. Her love for Teddies led her to specialise in Handmade Teddies and other softies, including making keepsakes from baby’s first baby-gro.



Why not pop in and visit us upstairs in the new Handpicked Hall in The Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane, Leeds. You can stroke and cuddle Luciana’s toys!

Meet Red Rat Designs

Time to meet more of our fabulous makers. Today we meet Alison Crowther of Red Rat Designs from Barnsley.

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Alison makes Hand crafted clay tags and bespoke personalised cards, brooches & clips.



Red Rat Designs was born out of Alison’s love for craft, making her own cards for friends soon turned into making clay tags to add into gifts & use as keepsakes. As well as this she made fabric hair clips for her daughter & brooches to add to outfits.


Alison says “It gradually took over the spare room and is now flourishing as a small business & local outlet supplier. I like things to be different, not run of the mill so I love creating bespoke personalised items for my customers.”


Pop into Our Handmade Collective upstairs in Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds. We are there permanently and are open Wednesday to Sunday. Alison has some great ‘Thank You’ clay tags that you could add to your “Thank You Teacher” gifts.

Father’s Day Gifts

At Our Handmade Collective we have lots of unusual handmade gifts for Father’s Day on Sunday 16th June 2013. More than half of our makers have made something special for you to buy your Father! What sort of dad is yours?


For the well-dressed dad we have some elegant cufflinks upcycled from scrabble tiles Handmade by Natalie, in their own presentation box. We have other cufflinks for you to choose from.


For the scientific dad you could get a new key ring or mug with a microscopic photograph printed on it by SciArtImages. This keyring is Whatman lens cleaning tissue photographed using polarised light microscopy!


For the beer-loving dad Bottom’s Up Nappy Cakes have made a ‘Pint of Socks’! Hidden inside a Guinness or Magners branded pint glass there is: a pair of socks, facecloth, mini Lynx deodorant or chocolate bar, expertly wrapped in cellophane with a gift tag  – £7.50 each.


For the tea- or coffee-loving dad a giant-sized mug with a pair of socks, face cloth, football soap on a rope and chocolate bar, beautifully wrapped in cellophane with a gift tag – £10 each. Have you got a Mr Strong or Mr Grumpy in your life?


For the well-groomed dad we also have a wide range of natural bath products handmade by Little Shop of Lathers. Claire has made a gift set for your ‘No. 1 Dad’ and non-girly bath bombs individually wrapped with labels that say ‘You Mean the World to me Dad’, ‘Gold Medal for Dad’ and my personal favourite…’You’re a Good Egg, Dad!’.


For the foodie dad we have a range of unusual fruit sauces, cordials and preserves handmade by The Seasonal Larder. Each gift is beautifully presented in a natural hessian bag or cardboard box tied with raffia. We also sell slate cheeseboards by George & Joseph.


For the sweet-toothed dad we have a wide range of exquisite chocolates handmade by The Chocolate Chest – but hurry they won’t stay on the shelves for long!! This photograph shows the amazing chests that Emma makes from chocolate. Each chest is elegantly wrapped in cellophane making them an extra special present.


For the dad that has everything you are sure to find something really unique in Our Handmade Collective. For example how about this beautiful glass bird by Tina Green Glass Artist (photo by Ollievision Photography).


We also have a wide range of handmade cards by Clarry Cards, Imagine by Lindsay Chapman, Rose Cottage Crafts and this lovely one made by Red Rat Designs.


It is our official opening on Friday 14th June 11am-6pm and Handpicked Hall, The Grand Arcade, Leeds will be very busy, but don’t forget to come and find us upstairs (there is a lift available). We look forward to helping you find the perfect gift for your loved one soon!