Stalybridge pop-up craft shop offers Christmas alternative
Monday 5th December 2016 12:15 Business Community News Stalybridge Posted by Adam Higgins

A pop-up shop is open in Stalybridge to give Christmas shoppers the option to choose hand-crafted gifts in the lead-up to the festive period.

Based in the exhibition room above the People’s Gallery on Melbourne Street, 20 independent businesses have come together to set up shop until Christmas Eve.

All the products on sale are handmade and range from silver jewellery, jams and smellies to cards, chocolates, ceramics and much more.

As the borough took part in Small Business Saturday last weekend, it was the busiest time for the pop-up shop, since it opened a few weeks ago.

The short-term venture has been co-organised by Sarah Wales and Sandra Nield, who is a silversmith with her own home-based business in Ashton.

Sarah told the Reporter: “The People’s Gallery wanted to showcase handcrafters and businesses. My studio is in Woodend Mill and a number of people from local businesses have popped in to say they were interested.

“Everything is handmade and each crafter is introduced, showing a selection of the beautiful work that is for sale.

“The gallery is tucked away in the People’s Gallery but the shop has gifts produced by local crafts and design makers and we would love to boost our reach and sales for our lovely makers as what we offer is a unique shopping experience.

“We had some special offers and giveaways on Small Business Saturday where customers had mulled wine and minced pies.

“It was by far the busiest we have been – it was really busy with lots of many return customers, which was good, and others who came in said they had seen the offers advertised on our Facebook page and have also said they will return again too.

“Many of the businesses are usually based from home so they can work around children and other commitments. Most of them are from Tameside but all of them are from the North West.”

Sandra added: “I have an online etsy shop, Littlesilverworksuk, and also do craft fairs and events and mostly work in someone else’s studio.

“Small Business Saturday was busy first thing but few passers by as the shop is at the other end of town and hidden away. We did have one visitor from Scotland.”

The People’s Gallery pop-up shop will be open every Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm until Christmas Eve. It stays open late on Wednesdays until 7:30pm.

 

Main picture:

Joining forces: Sandra (left) and Sarah have organised the venture to help local hand-crafted businesses (Picture by Ray Liddy)

 

By Caitlin Galloway