20th - 30th November 2014
Believe us when we say that we’ve been to a great many Christmas fairs and sales over the years, whether it be artists and artisans opening their studios, or carefully chosen larger collectives gathered together at someone’s house or a make-shift market place. Many are disappointing (so much posh tat!) A good many are OK. But the sales below are fab.
Hand Sale, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill: Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd November.
There are so many lovely things for sale at the Hand Sale, but we always make a special beeline for Lola’s Bazaar (delicious olive oil, lovely ceramics from Portugal), Trouver Antiques (great gardening and kitchen stuff, lovely cushions and prints), Fliff Carr (divine hand-made ceramics), Molly Mahon (great block printed textiles), and Dandy Starr (brill T-shirts for kids).
Christmas Sale in aid of Child Bereavement, 14 Randolph Road, Little Venice: Wednesday 26th November.
This sale takes place in an incredible house in Little Venice and is in aid of the excellent Child Bereavement Charity. There are well known names here – jewellers Pippa Small and Sia Taylor, kids clothes and knitwear by ilovegorgeous and Little Badger, pyjamas by Poplin, textiles by Charlene Mullen, but the stand we’ll be running to fastest is Beggars’ Velvet – who hand-make useful and beautiful things for daily use that are ostensibly simple (cheese boards, aprons, spoons, cushions, lamps, bags etc), but which have been elevated into treasures without becoming too precious. Their use of epigrams and words is particularly original and amusing, and their Christmas crackers are the absolute best we’ve ever seen.
Cressida Bell, 24 Clarence Mews, Hackney: Thursday 27th – 29th, November.
It’s worth going to Cressida Bell’s sale just to glimpse the decorative artist’s wonderful studio, but on top of that, her cushions, lamps, fabrics, scarves, ties, posters, prints, wash bags, cards and other things are gorgeous, and make great Christmas presents. (We’ve raved about Bell before, here). Plus, a few doors down, on the Sunday 30th that Cressida’s studio is open, there are more studios open with lots of other wares for sale. And, while you’re in that neck of the woods, why not make a day of it and trip down Chatsworth Road, ten minutes walk away, the delights of which you can read about here.
Hackney Makers Monthly, Clarence Mews, Hackney, Sunday 30th November 11am – 5pm.