Three days of “truly original” Christmas shopping is heading to Manchester next Friday 30 November with a completely different festive market bringing together 40 exhibitors – think handmade jewellery, fashion, homewares, Christmas decorations, cards – and mulled wine and mince pies of course!
The Etsy Made Local Market hopes to give the public the opportunity to buy from the sellers directly, meeting the makers and seeing their products in the flesh, as well as uncovering a treasure trove of potential gifts.
Names to look out for include Black Dog Pottery for beautiful ceramics, Tea Party at the Zoo for statement acrylic jewellery, Carrot Top Craft for colourful textiles and Moonlit Press for fabulous stationery and accessories.
People’s History Museum’s Grade II listed Edwardian Engine Hall will be the festive setting for the market, with the stalls spilling out into Processional Way. Visitors will be welcomed by a vision of inspiration in the form of a spectacular Christmas tree, adorned with an array of bespoke Christmas decorations lovingly created by Etsy Manchester’s makers and designers.
The Etsy Made Local Market will be open from 10am to 4pm daily from November 30 until Sunday 2 December, while the evening Winter Warmer will be open from 5pm to 8pm, when festive shopping is accompanied by the cheering sound of carols being sung live by the talented She Choir. It’s a great opportunity to take in all the creative creations with a mince pie and mulled wine in hand, a world away from the stresses of the high street.
The seasonal shopping continues with the market open on Saturday 1 December (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 2 December (10am to 4pm), giving anyone who wants to do their 2018 Christmas shopping differently a one-stop shop for original present buying, made by local artisans and artists. There will also be live entertainment across the weekend and pop-up workshops taking place with the makers.
Etsy Manchester Team Captain, Emma Cottam, says,
“I am amazed by the wonderful ideas and work that our Etsy Manchester makers are preparing for this year’s market. Each brings their own creative flair and individuality to pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. Added to the experience is the joy of shopping within the beautiful setting of People’s History Museum’s Edwardian Engine Hall whilst listening to the choirs and musicians, who will be making appearances throughout the event.”
Catch it at the People’s History Museum from 30 November to 2 December.