Wishing that this could have been a real event, we have had to adapt into a virtual event, this blog is full of photos to inspire you and help guide you to all of the makers and designers. Most of these links will take you to websites knowing that there are some who steer clear of Instagram. Please click on the images for a direct link, (a few though, don’t have websites).
On your meanderings through the various websites we are sure you will find something be it beautiful, tactile, jazzy, soulful, elegant, practical, whimsical, thoughtful, interesting, chic, cosy, handmade, made in small batches and with the environment in mind and that you will help to support this years group of wonderful artisans. There is also @thehandsale instagram too for others.
Sending you all many, many good wishes for 2021 and we hope that it will be a year that we can all be together absolutely for real!
Instead we are presenting you with a gallery to inspire you to support our small independent makers and designers and those who collaborate with artisans from around the world. Please follow us on Instagram to find links though to all of these people and to find out how they are continuing to operate during this time, we will post a series of images over the coming week. Some will be laying low and just back with us for the next sale which we have our fingers very crossed will all be fine, so make a big red mark in your diaries for 2nd – 4th December at St Mary Abbott’s Centre, London W8. Please email if you would like to be added to our mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to make plans for your Christmas shopping and for The Hand Sale its also a great gathering of friends with a lovely atmosphere.
Here are some images to inspire you plus details of opening times and to remember that doors open 6-9pm on Wednesday 27th November.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can also stop by and get some delicious homecooked things to eat from the kitchen there, with Food by Florence.
Also just a reminder that parking in the square outside is soley for the workers and residents of St Mary Abbott’s Centre, please do respect this as there are lots of parking places available near-by and local car parks are listed below.
Here are some images to inspire you and why the things you will find at The Hand Sale are so special and a good reason to come Christmas shopping or perhaps just to catch up with friends. Its a very social event and friends meet up here year after year, it is very hard though to leave without a little purchasing!
All of the stall holders are either small independent designers, makers or travellers who collect. You won’t find the stall holders here on The High Street, only small boutiques, some online but others only pop up very sporadically at small events like these as they either have other full-time jobs or are studying and they are like gold dust! We hope you can come and both Gail and I really look forward to seeing you.
We are so pleased that we can hold The Hand Sale at St Mary Abbott’s Centre this spring. Opening night 6 – 9pm 2nd May 2018 and runs until Friday 4th May. Address: Vicarage Gate, W8 4HN
Newcomers to welcome: Cloe Cassandra – resort wear, In Da Cottage – antiques and 20th century pieces, Daydress – Hand block-printed fine cotton dresses, Chapelcollection – clothes made by young designers in India, Spry workwear – traditional workwear reimagined for the modern woman, Maude – clothes inspired by folk traditions, Design Cornershop – functional sustainable wood designs, Justine Tabak – Simple timeless clothing made entirely in the England. Please scroll through images to be enticed!
PARKING: We ask everyone who drives to the sale to please respect that the parking outside the venue is solely for the use of workers at St Mary Abbott’s Centre, there are parking bays on streets nearby, otherwise underneath Chelsea Town, Hall Hornton street, W8 7NX and underneath London Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT. If you need to drive nearby to pick up large bags etc. please make sure that you don’t block parking spaces or take free bays, someone might just have gone out for a short while and need to return to their space. This would be really appreciated!
Newcomers this year include a debut clothing range from Lunatique; Tidy Street Store, a tempting selection from this hugely successful new shop from Brighton started by mother and daughter team Claudia Nella and Florence Dixon; Mel Waterer pottery, simple, organic hand built ceramics; essential oil perfumes and creams from Bruno Acampora; Organic soy based candles in porcelain holders from Abalon; Naturopath and herbalist Wilder Botanics; scarves printed in Italy by English Weather.