Yesterday, my Mum and I went to ‘Etsy Made Local – St.Ives’, for our first Christmas market visit of the year! It was great to see a fantastic community of creative Etsy sellers. There was so much to see and the lights and decorations created a cosy atmosphere. There are multiple reasons why I absolutely adore browsing local markets, such as this one, at this time of year.
Firstly, it is guaranteed to make you feel festive. All the decorations and winter themed products just scream DECEMBER. It’s a far more enriching experience to browse the unique stalls, in comparison to the aisles of duplicate products within supermarkets. The further bonus of course, is the opportunity to sample products – a shopping treat for all your senses.
My favourite stall was ‘Bloom remedies – Naturally Organic’. After testing a variety of their products, we ended up buying ‘Serenity Slumber Pillow Mist’ and a ‘Deep Release Travel Candle’, (although I could’ve taken everything home!). Yes, I know I should’ve been buying presents for other people, but how could I resist these luxurious natural items?
Let’s not forget the people. These local markets always attract creative people (which are of course the best kind of people). Consequently, the atmosphere is so friendly and there are always people who want to have a chat; another feature that separates markets from larger shops. Every table owner had a smile, and I think 90% at least said hello. These little things make such a difference.
Christmas markets are a great place to shop when you’re stuck for gift ideas. To begin with, they provide unique, quality products that you will struggle to find elsewhere. I was utterly impressed by the variety and quality of the products. Giving something locally bought definitely shows you care. If all else fails and you can’t find presents, you will at least leave feeling inspired.
The fact that this was specifically an ‘Etsy’ market was even better, purely because it’s given me the opportunity to easily view more of the products online (and potentially re-purchase!).
I urge you to go and support your local businesses, it’s so important… and what better time of year to do so. So get yourself to your local Christmas markets for some festive fun!
*You can find your local Etsy Market here – https://www.etsy.com/uk/etsymadelocal*
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