It is official. The Made in the Shade gals are feeling the pressure. So far though, we have resisted the temptation to pull on our woolly onesies and crawl under our beds for respite from the madness. Armed with plenty of hot donuts, cigarettes and Lucozade orange (why, of course!), we're powering through. We are truly juggling our 'lil arms off. We're hoping, if we juggle hard enough, all will be well and someone might come and give us a huggle at the end. The end?! This is only the beginning!
SUPERMERCADO: NUMERO UNO
On Saturday 2nd October (that's THIS Saturday), we'll be opening the doors of The Barras Centre and welcoming Supermercado shoppers to the courtyard for the very first time.
We are excited. We are nervous. We are giddy. And we're a little bit queasy. However, aside from all that, we are utterly thrilled to be involved in the NEW Barras and we're set to work our bobby socks off to make Supermercado a super success. We are in for the longhaul, baby!
To kick things off in week one, we have a splendid group of first time vendors for y'all. You want a wee peek? Here are some of the stalls you'll find in the courtyard on Saturday:
1. Flamingo Bakery
Delectable cakes and yummy (and oh-so-sweet) treats homemade by the lovely Mark and his 5ft flamingo. Seriously. We recommend the strawberry cheesecake cupcake. Flippin' marvellous.
2. Konnie Kapow
The couple Kapow offer up their selection of off-beat greetings cards, stationery items and art pieces especially for you! A schmaltz free-zone :) Screw you Hallmark!
3. Love Me Again
On the look out for the perfect cocktail forks? The most delicate china teaset? Or some pretty table linen? Pay Laura a visit and peruse her wonderful range of vintage and retro homewares and collectables. Droooool.
4. YHF photo
Currently preparing for his next robot-themed exhibit in London Town this Autumn, YHF joins in the Supermercado fun and offers visit a little peep at some of his latest photographic work. Look out for some comedy favourites too :)
The fabulousy talented Joanna Susskind (who you may know as artist and animator extraordinaire), joins us at Supermercdo armed with a stallful of tasty sushi bites ready for you to munch or to take away in beautiful vintage-style packaging! Don't miss it.
Jewellery maker and crafty queen, Tracey Burns showcases her collection of pretty wearables at Supermercado for the first time. Found objects, vintage treasures, charms, handmade adornments - love it.
Designer maker, Mairead Macaulay, makes the most beautiful Harris Tweed bags and accessories. I own a dusky pink shoulder bag with a great big retro bow on the front. I adore it. I think everyone ought to own a a little bit of handmade special! Find yours here at Supermercado.
8. Wooden Tree
Our gal Kirsty Anderson swoops in from the 'Burgh to join us at the Supermercado launch event. A wonderful textile artist and flippin' great maker, Wooden Tree will be showing off her latest upcycled, eco-friendly creations. Homewares, gifts, wearables, vintage finds - they're all in there! (Pssst... Kirsty will also be running workshops at Made in the Shade HQ. Keep your peepers peeled for more info. Or - better still - chat to her about our plans on Saturday!)
9. Funky Frilly
We're all about reusing and reinventing at Supermercado - and nobody does it with more style than Jane at Funky Frilly. Come peruse her super-swish collection of upcycled ceramics. Nab yourself a beautiful handmade cake stand, sweet smelling candle, decadent teacup wine glasses or even a ceramic clock! We can't get enough of Funky Frilly.
10. Canary Yellow
Honourary Made in the Shade gal, Jennifer Nicolson, launched her jewellery business last year and my, oh my, is her label in demand?! Jennifer designs and makes a small but perfectly formed range of silver wearables including necklaces, rings and earrings. Canary Yellow has proven to be a sell-out hit at The Maisonette and we've got high hopes for Canary Yellow at Supermercado too!
Sparklecandy is a jewellery consignment store run by the lovely Lauren Anderson. Stocking some of our favourite labels like Tatty Devine, Love From Hetty & Dave, Biscuit Boutique and Cherryloco - you're sure to find the best of indie jewellery design right here.
12. Leah Halliday
Leah Halliday has the eye of a magpie, the style of a retro goddess and the taste of... well us! This woman is damned nuisance! She knows EXACTLY what will make our 'lil hearts a pitter-patter and she tempts us with beautiful rose-adorned decanters and pretty trays, multi-coloured 60s eggcups, squirrel money boxes, gorgeous textiles and wonderful ephemera... Jeez Louise.... And! Budding stitchers! Don't forget to ask Leah about her upcoming workshop dates at Made in the Shade HQ. It's not too late to join in!
13. Clare Nicolson
Yup - our very own Clare Nicolson will be snaffling up a 'lil stall space at Supermercado! Check out her fresh new textiles designs, greetings cards, homewares and stationery items.
14. Lady Wurlitzer
Now - I bet you haven't heard THAT name in a while, huh? Take this rare opportunity to nab yourself some handmade, sudsy treats from the Lady, Wurlitzer (aka Carrie) herself!
15. Made in the Shade Trunk Sale
Hunting for a bargain? Then the Trunk Sale is for you! Bag yourself a raggle haggle bargain from our suitcases brimful of thrifty textile treasure. We got vintage clothing (everything from western shirts to retro denim, pretty frocks, accessories and shoes), linen, craft remnants and tonnes of soft homewares!
Sounds pretty swell, huh? I know! We are excited.
Not only do we welcome you to the courtyard to enjoy some shopping and chatting with great indie business owners, but we want you to come hang out. Enjoy a wee seat on our benches. Have a cup of tea in the all-new Che Marche Cafe and explore the shops and creative workspaces round about. Viva Las Barras!