The Hand Sale November “22

We have been growing for years and once again many favourite stallholders as well as newcomers, the space is limited so it’s a difficult choice as there are so many wonderful makers and designers out there who we would love to have been able to include.

Welcome again and welcome to all you newcomers!

here is a link for directions and more details about the people you will find selling this time are being posted on our Instagram

May 2022 Hand Sale Raffle

in aid of children in Ukraine

All the money will go directly to a small charity Molotok NGO through Experience Ukraine (Nataliya who is a regular seller at Hand works directly with them). Molotok have partnered with UK registered charity Legacy of War Foundation since this conflict began, creating them a separate channel to enable them to raise money specifically for their project, so all money raised (100%)will go directly to support displaced children and young people.

Here is a letter from Tetiana Bielousova, who is the volunteer leader for NGO Molotok

” Almost every day we receive requests from friends or friends of friends who are looking for a place to hide from military aggression. Zakarpattya (Transcarpathian Region of Ukraine) is still considered a safe place in Ukraine

At this point all we can do is stay calm and help those in need.

In the Donbass borders things are deeply concerning:

The military situation has deteriorated all along the eastern borders. Over the past week, artillery fire along the entire front line has damaged many houses and apartments of civilians.

Since February 20, the village of Vrubovka, whose children we hosted several times in Nizhny Selishche, was heavily shelled. The gas pipeline and power lines in the village were damaged, as well as homes and apartments. The school came under artillery fire while the children were in it; miraculously there were no casualties.

The children and their parents have been in the “basement” ever since. Three families and 14 teenagers want to come to us, with their parents’ consent, until the situation calms down. We want to house them at the guest house Sargo Rigo, they know the place, as they were here during summer camps that were organised in previous years for young people that were affected by conflict in Eastern Ukraine and feel comfortable there. We expect to receive more requests like this and are considering renting empty houses in the village to house refugee families.

Every day we get more and more requests and not all families are able to rent and pay for their needs……..

Please follow this link for more information

Raffle tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here up until 12 o’clock on the last day of the Hand Sale 13th May, or at The Hand Sale entrance. The raffle will then be held at 2pm giving any winning visitors some time to spend their vouchers, otherwise they can be used online as posted on each prize. Other prizes will be posted in the week after The Hand Sale.

Not long ago, Ithica House was a roofless ruin in need of help in the small hamlet of Rou on the north east coast of Corfu. Then it caught the eye the very brilliant designer Gail Arnold, who runs The Hand Sale, she has transformed it into the stunning retreat that stands today. This place is all about location. Set in olive groves, which in spring are covered in wild flowers, the spacious garden has been designed perfectly to complement the natural landscape. This place is special, and offers you the ideal location to chill out, kick back and enjoy the view. Perfect for a honeymoon, romantic retreat or simply for people who appreciate style in their lives. 

The Hand Sale November 2020

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!

Today we would have been opening our doors to welcome you to The Spring Hand Sale

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:

Christmas Hand Sale 2019


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.

You can also follow us on Instagram

Very suitable Christmas shopping at The Hand Sale.

28th, 29th and 30th November 2018



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.

PARKING: Please do remember that parking outside St Mary Abbott’s Centre is private and for the sole use of residents and workers. Parking can easily be found underneath Kensington Town Hall and The London Royal Garden Hotel.

Agnes Baddoo
Coming over from New York for The Hand Sale!
Using vegetable tanning methods everything is handmade by a small local production house using the most exacting attention to detail, resulting in timeless pieces with life-long value
Sally Hampson
Working with 100% pure British sheep breeds, Shetland, Welsh Black Mountain and Jacob

Mikey Skapa
A PhD student at University of York making hand-carved pieces of
English folk art inspired by archaeology and anthropology.
Nom Living
A London based company working directly with artisans in South East Asia to create hand -crafted, sustainable, functional and contemporary objects for the home. 
Stuart Paterson
The distinctive, out of the ordinary, elusive antique dealer!
Andalusian Pottery
A new collaboration between Jessica Hayns of The World of Interiors, Gustavo Peruyera and photographer Ricardo Labougle. They have been shopping in Spain, all will be revealed.
Viola Lanari
Scuptured plaster lamps
Viola will aso have a very special offer of superb red wine and champagne from her family vineyard in Italy!
Great for a gift or celebration.

Wilder Botanics
Made from the finest organic wild crafted energetic ingredients, completely sustainable and recyclable. There are no chemicals or preservatives, just pure natural products for your body .
Justine Tabak
A slow fashion collection made carefully in the British Isles.
Spry Workwear
Showcasing her new denim dresses and corduroy boilersuits.
Traditional workwear reimagined for the modern woman
Stylish, practical, easy to wear clothes made from simple, hard-working fabrics, all designed and made in England.
Mourne Textiles
Drawing inspiration from nature, woven on industrial looms almost a century old.

Bolam Style
Stylish easy to wear clothes that won’t date, in beautiful fabrics
many hand-dyed or hand loomed.
Each piece of Bolam is made with care and attention to detail by a small atelier Georgie has partnered with in Delhi.
Cosi Textiles
Cosi’s aim is to seek out organic, ethically produced materials for every step of the process.  Each one has been handmade and is imbued with the spirit of those who created it and each piece is unique – the Tibetan yak herders, the Himalayan alpaca farmers, the Nepali spinners and weavers, the artisans and designers.
Hambro and Miller
Each piece is handmade in the UK using the finest natural yarns, by a wonderful team of knitters spanning the length and breadth of the country who, between them, have hundreds of years of experience in the craft. Clothing to be handed down from generation to generation.
Tim Plunkett
With a BSc in environmental science and involvement in direct action opposing the destruction of ancient forests and cultures, Tim’s ethics are to use sustainable woods sourced locally to his home in Norfolk.
The pieces are beautiful and practical pieces, which show the unique character of each piece of wood
Coban Rugs
Hand woven goats wool rugs combining traditional weaving and contemporary designs.
Very fine porcelain candle holders decorated with 18K gold, soy candles, organic esential oils, all hand made, with recycled packaging and refillable, sustainably made in UK.
Sula Clothing
Hand-made by local communities in many parts of the world by artisans who hand-weave, dye and embellish textiles. Sulaclothes are about the irregularity of hand-woven cloth and stitching and the poignant beauty of fabrics that develop a patina over time. 
Wati Collective
Working directly with skilled artisans from Colombia in order to share their work
and tell their stories.
An evolving business with a vision to support local artisans enabling them to create a sustainable income to support themselves and their communities, while preserving their rich culture and traditions.
Suki Cheema
 Highlighting the love affair between art, travel and textiles, places bright colors and bold prints at the heart of his collection of timeless modern designs.
The Interior Spy
African homewares, spporting artisans in Africa, baskets, and lighting.
Karin Hossack
Handmade in London, stoneware with a rustic vibe in an array of colours
as well as quiet subltle tones.

Christa Davis
Upcycled clothing with as a low an impact on the environment as possible, made in UK and Europe. In 1991 Christa started customizing vintage clothing creating an original deconstructed look that was to become part of a groundbreaking new movement in fashion.
There is always a rush on for Christa’s cashmere at The Hand Sale!
Right from the start when Susannah Baker Smith first bought some of this fabulous work from her travels in Syria to The Hand Sale, we have been championing this beautiful work of displaced Syrian women. The embroidered work is a contemporary take on ancient Aleppan and Damascene tradition. Please take a look at the collaborations and other incredible work supporting this community of women.
  A new venture by Cathy Giangrande – you will have to come and see! 
Bellie Williams
Hand woven shawls, baskets, silver and collections from Ethiopian travels.
The Living Lounge
Handmade artisan gifts and home accessories with a Scandinavian style.
Helene Turbe
 After working 10 years in Paris as a producer Manager in the media industry, in 1998, Helene moved to London and joined London Metropolitan University to study jewellery. 
Her inspiration is drawn from the ornate allure of jewellery dating from Byzantine and Victorian eras.
Karen Downing
Porcelain pots for everyday use: pots to be filled up, drunk out of, eaten from. The essence of her work is in its potential for use.
Using one material, a single glaze, a restricted vocabulary of form and repetition throwing, Karen Downing explores the idea of slow but constant change over time.
A joy to own and use.
Brooke Gregson
Influenced by textiles and watercolour paintings Brooke’s collections are a homage to the different symbols jewellery can hold and for the individuals who wear it.
Jewellery that is aesthetic and soulful.
Sia Taylor
graduated from the Royal College of Art scultpure school before designing her own fine handcrfted jewellery in precious metals. Fine and delicate, understated beauty.
Sia has a long line of Hand Sale followers who have been passionate about her work for many years.
Henrietta Bevan
Henrietta makes the highest quality silk crepe dresses and shirts in simple shapes for working women who want to feel sexy and chic while getting on with the business of living.
The prints are screen-printed in original and beautiful colours.
Zwan & B Floral Design,
Based in southwest London. Christmas wreaths as well as offering bespoke a service for bouquets, weddings, workplaces.
Ukraine Experience
As well as offering the most authentic, safe and socially responsible travel experiences in Ukraine, they also have a collection of handmade products from the Carpathian mountains including antique textiles and clothing.
Sam Starke
Handmade in Suffolk using recycled saw blades with hand carved wooden handles and tooled leather pouches.
Trouver Antiques
Along with collections of French antiques, Lin makes wonderful hand blocked cushions in fabulous colours, her own designs on vintage linens.
Mel Waterer
Hand built pottery in organic shapes inspired by the beautiful Suffolk lansdscape she lives in.
Incredibly tactile and to be used every day, they are very functional.
Celia Worster
With a full time job as a complimentary therapist and mother of 4 boys, Celia somehow makes time to make a range of handmade aromatherapy creams and oils for which she as an ever growning list of converted users who come back year after year and to buy as gifts.  Just by meeting her and most likely having a hand massage from her, you will “know” how good her potions are!
Fliff Carr
Handmade in white earthenware clay, embossed, stamped or inlaid with subtle shades of coloured slip, underglazes and textures from vintage fabrics and found objects. Dark lines, thinly drawn or inscribed unify designs and provide a common motif in Fliff’s understated, contemporary aesthetic.
Mudlarking being a passion of Fliff’s and her finds are also incorporated into some pieces.
Drift Jewellery
Each piece is unique and hand made by Fi. Using collected sea glass found on the Suffolk coastline, Spain and The Isles of Scilly and combined with semi-precious stones, precious metals, silk and leather.
Ram Jewellery
Exquisite 22ct gold jewellery, all handmade in London. Ram’s work has been selling at The Hand Sale for many years with many, many followers.
Kirsten Hecktermann
First started dipping cloth into dye vats on Out Of Africa.
A new collection of hand dyed velvet cushions, lampshades and handmade jewellery.
And there will be spoons.

The November Hand Sale 2018

Already its time to plan for Chrsitmas and we have had lots of emails to find out the dates for this year’s Hand Sale.









What a re-leaf, it’s The Hand Sale!

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!

The Hand Sale - spring 2018

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Chloe Cassandro


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Drift Jewellery




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Viola Lanari

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Sula Clothing


sola clothing

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