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Valentines Day Gift Guide

Valentines Gift Ideas

Valentines Day is only five days away… if you’re lost for ideas this year, pop into Our Handmade Collective where we are more than happy to offer our expertise to help you pick out the perfect one of a kind present for your favourite person.

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Beautiful cards, homemade fudge, geeky framed art, scented candles, unusual jewellery, handmade smellies and endless cute and fun heart themed gifts from over 50 sellers all housed under one roof. We love these paper folded tulips that will last as long as your relationship and this vinyl record card for those who share a passion for music.

We offer a gift wrapping service too, so you could drop by on your lunch break and leave fully prepared for the most romantic day of the year. Don’t forget we’re now open Mondays too!

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If you’re stuck for something to do on Valentines Day why not come along to the Grand Arcade: we have a gorgeous vintage tea shop, authentic Colombian coffee, a wide range of dishes on offer in our vegetarian restaurant and you could even pick out your own gifts from our emporium of handmade goodies 🙂

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See you at the shop x

Small Business Saturday

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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

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

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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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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Meet Ted & Co. Handmade

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

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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.

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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!

What is Handpicked Hall?

Our Handmade Collective is a collection of 21 local designer makers that have been brought together into one shop by co-founders Claire Riley and Natalie Entwistle. Our Handmade Collective is a Handmade Handpicked Total Gift Shopping Experience. The shop takes up a portion of the upstairs Art & Craft area, but there is so much more inside Handpicked Hall, including Fashion and Vintage and an amazing local food court.

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The concept of Handpicked Hall was first introduced by Anthony Blackburn to Ripon. He has since opened a successful Handpicked Hall in Skipton (next to the bus station) and now in the Grand Arcade in Leeds. In their own words Handpicked Hall’s philosophy is simple,

  • To give local independent businesses the chance to trade in high profile town and city centre locations at affordable rates.
  • To provide a “first-step” for start-up businesses, giving them the chance to sell and promote their products on the high street, before perhaps investing in a shop of their own.
  • With an unique opportunity to occupy premium retail space  in a high profile location with easy access, regular footfall.

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It is a great opportunity for fledgling businesses to come together under one supportive umbrella. It also provides the customer with great convenience as there is a wide variety of products available for them to buy without having to trail around boutiques, galleries and fairs. The Leeds List recently wrote about the opening of Handpicked Hall on their website and featured this great photograph by Ollievision Photography of us upstairs in Our Handmade Collective.

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I hope you visit soon and see for yourself how great Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Leeds is. Don’t forget to pop upstairs (there is a lift) to see us in Our Handmade Collective, the Opening Hours are below.

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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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!’.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!