Markets

Brixton Market Shopping Guide

Our next spring market will be at The Dogstar in Brixton on 28th and 29th May, so we thought we'd share a shopping guide with you from Harriet Peacock who is a buyer at the Shop at the Old Fire Station in Oxford. Here she shares with us some of her favourite traders to look out for over the weekend! For full trader listings for the Brixton event click here.

As the buyer for a small independent shop, markets are a really useful tool for finding awesome new products and a chance to see some friendly faces.

We have the work of some local designer-makers in our shop, but on the whole most of our stock is from wider shores across the UK. Lots of our makers are from London (not surprising when there are such good events as Crafty Fox running regularly!) so going along to the markets allows me to catch up with our designers. Most of our communication is done via email so it’s really nice to put a name to a face and have a good old natter in person!

As well as saying hello to our current makers, markets provide an amazing opportunity to see potential new designers we’d like to stock. Even with the best online photos, nothing quite beats seeing the items in person. Likewise, it’s a nice touch to first get in contact face-to-face rather than via email.


Crafty Fox is such a fantastic shopping opportunity and these are my top picks for the weekend at the Brixton market...

I am an absolute magpie for all things jewellery and it’s one of my favourite things to source for the shop. I find pieces that combine different materials and textures the most visually interesting, and I love Mica Peet’s use of printed paper and metal. The colours in Mica’s original pieces are just up my street, a great mixture of purples, pinks and aquas. Although I must admit I am rather partial as well to her new constellation moon designs- as you may notice from my Sabrina Kaici picks, I’m rather fond of stargazing imagery!

Trading Saturday 28th May.

Scout Editions are a design duo I’ve heard lots about on the designer-maker grapevine. They have collaborated with lots of makers to produce amazing limited edition ranges, from the Anna Wiscombe wooden houses to a stationery range with the Compartment Store, who we stock here at the Shop. I’ll be heading along to check out their latest exciting collabs and also their fantastic pin selection.

Trading Saturday 28th May.

I’ll definitely be heading to see jewellery designer Rosa Pietsch, whose work we started stocking since I found her through another great market, the Renegade Craft Fair. I must admit Rosa is rather a personal favourite of mine- I can’t stop buying her mountain rock pendants and also love her new spring/summer designs. She’s also a lovely lady and always a delight to see.

Trading Sunday 29th May.

I’m rather a sucker for bright colours so Jonna’s homewares are right up my street. Jonna’s rainbow ‘hundred and thousands’ design are screen-printed onto a range of tea towels, birch trays and coasters. The perfect way to brighten up your kitchen for spring and summer, the designs are mid-century inspired with a modern edge.

Trading Sunday 29th May.

 

Sabrina’s simple designs combined with her striking use of neon and metallic caught my eye. They really show off her pointillism style and I think the constellations designs are especially stunning. Her prints and cards are also a great price for original screen-prints.

Trading Sunday 29th May.

African prints seem to be having a bit of renaissance at the moment and these Joy Diseoux accessories really let the prints do the talking. I particularly love the clever design of the box make up bags, allowing you to fit much more in than a traditional pouch. The tote bags are also a great change from the standard canvas and would be fantastic in the summer to brighten up a simple outfit.

Trading Sunday 29th May.

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