The Christmas Gift Fair: Part 2
So you’ve read about the stuff Coulson Macleod bought at The Christmas Fair.
Now for some of the other lovely stall holders…
One neighbouring stall was…
(part of the Joules brand, which is a local business). They had piles & piles of stripey socks & ‘ram pants’ (get it?)
Our neighbour on the other side was Simon from CooperandLeith, an online store that sells homewares.
This is Simon’s story…
In the early part of the last century my Great Grandfather, Eric Cooper, built a small retail empire of three stores in a thriving colliery town in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
While Eric was hard at work, my Great Grandmother, Emma, was busy raising a young family & furnishing their new home, Mountpleasant House, with goods purchased from clearance sales at local country house estates.
With CooperandLeith I aim to combine Eric & Emma’s blend of retail vision & eclectic homemaking by sourcing a complementary mix of the best contemporary artisan products, individual vintage finds, & unique heirloom pieces to help you personalise your home.
The picture above shows my Great Great Grandmother, Harriet, standing outside one of the shops on Station Lane.
Don’t you just love this story?
There was also Ella James Living, who had the biggest stall & was doing a roaring trade with all things Christmassy. It was great to finally meet Ashley Todd, the owner, as we seem to bump into each other online quite a bit.
Opposite there was…
Dress-A-Doll were selling the cutest handmade ragdolls ever.
Each doll comes in her own suitcase like the one pictured above. The stall had rows of little handmade dresses on wooden hangers & padded jackets (how adorable is the one above?), & ear muffs, & tiny shoes. Now we have to be quiet about this, but our nine-year-old fell in love with one particular rag doll & is getting one for Christmas. Thanks to her Nanna. So not a Coulson Macleod purchase. Hence it went in this post.
If you like the look of The Christmas Fair, then it’s happening all over again this Saturday, 8th December 2012 at the Three Swans Hotel in Market Harborough.
We’ll be there. Selling our paper prints again (& buying more stuff probably). Hope to see you.