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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

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

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!

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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.

Could you do us a favour?

Hi there. Just a quick blog post to ask if you could do us a quick favour, whilst you sit down with a brew??

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We’ve recently added ourselves to Trip Advisor so we can get more feedback from the people that have been to visit us. If you have been to Our Handmade Collective and can spare a few minutes to rate us or leave a short comment, then please click on this link http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186411-d6537779-Reviews-Our_Handmade_Collective-Leeds_West_Yorkshire_England.html and then choose ‘write review’ from the menu bar at the top centre of the page (see red circle in picture).

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And finally…. if you’ve still got tea in your cup and you really like our little shop then please nominate us for ‘best place to shop’ and ‘best new business’ in the Leed Love Affair Indie Awards. Please click on this link http://leedsloveaffair.co.uk/news/leeds-love-affair-indie-awards-2014 and then click on the ‘Let’s Go’ button to answer 5 quick questions about Leeds!

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Many, many thanks. We hope to see you again soon!

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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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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.