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London Fields Shoppe Pop-Up

19 Dec

LFS-Card-FrontA huge thank you to our amazing team of vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for working so hard to make Got Craft? such a success! Also a big thank you to everyone that came out to shop and support local indie business. We love our community of supporters!  If you missed out on the fun or are looking for more, the London Fields Shoppe Pop-Up is open until Monday, December 23rd.

We have plenty of vintage and handmade goods currently in stock both from local artists as well as some from the US and the UK including Forest & Waves, Wondermade, Mellifera Bees, Richard Fairhead, Linus Kraemer, Herbivore Botanicals, think & ink studio, little low studio, Merchant and Mills, the Beautiful Project, and more! There’s also plenty of one of a kind vintage items including Christmas decor for any last minute holiday trimmings.

We’re adding things daily, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

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London Fields Shoppe Pop-Up
Open until Monday, December 23rd, 2013
845 East Hastings (next to Les Amis du Fromage) between Hawks and Campbell, Vancouver
9:30am to 6:30pm

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things to do :: forest and waves pop-up

6 Nov

Forest-and-Waves-Pop-UpGot Craft? vendor, Edward Juan from Forest and Waves will be taking over the Chinatown Experiment this week with his very first pop-up retail store! Ed first contacted me last year when he was relocating from the US to Vancouver and I remember instantly falling in love with his work. As an avid surfer, and with him completing the NYC marathon last Sunday, it is no surprise that the store will be specializing in outdoor inspired goods – hence the name, Forest and Waves.

Along with his locally designed line of paper goods and tea towels, he will also carry a selection of clothing, home decor from Pigeon Toe Ceramics and LandonDix, skate boards from local designer Would Boards, and fabric pouches from Roxypop. I’ll be behind the counter giving Edward a helping hand, so stop by and say hello!

Forest & Waves Pop-Up Retail Store
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 24th
Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
434 Columbia Street, Vancouver

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Don’t miss the launch party on November 8th from 6:00-9:00pm!

London Fields Shoppe

15 Oct

LFS-interiorI have something to tell you! See that picture above? Welcome to our new store front, London Fields Shoppe!

We’ve been scarce around these parts lately and we are so happy to finally share with you what we have been working on for the past 20 weeks! I know. You are probably thinking “20 weeks for this box with no walls”? Trust me when I say that I had to put aside my only child tendencies and be very patient!

Taking inspiration from Got Craft? and our time in the United Kingdom, London Fields Shoppe was created and named after the area where our favourite market, Broadway Market, takes place in London, UK. We wanted to create a space that reflected our personalities and to share with the community not only work by local designers, but items that we’ve come across during our travels.

We are both mildly overwhelmed and extremely excited! We’re working around the clock (literally as we are working with designers from 3 different continents!) and will be sharing more details soon. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list to be in the know and for an invite to our opening party! We’ll be sharing the full details soon!

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got craft? :: NEW venue this weekend!

24 Apr

GC_new_venueDue to a fire at the Maritime Labour Centre last week, Got Craft? was forced to change locations for the show coming up this weekend. Thank you to everybody that has taken the time to email us with venue suggestions and messages of support! We are happy to announce that we have found a new home in the gym at Templeton Secondary School!

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Got Craft?
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013
10-5pm
Templeton Secondary School – Gym
727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver between Adanac and Turner
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shop tour :: Bird on a Wire Creations

21 Mar

Bird on a Wire Creations 4Bird on a Wire Creations - cocolicoBird on a Wire Creations 3Bird on a Wire Creations 7Bird on a Wire Creations 2Bird on a Wire Creations 9Bird on a Wire Creations is a contemporary gift and clothing boutique located just off the corner of Broadway and Main Street in Vancouver. Opened in October of 2010, Bird on a Wire supports handmade and independent design with a focus on selling work created by artists living within a 100 mile radius. In addition to featuring the works of 170+ designers, Bird on a Wire hosts a series of events such as Artist’s window, private views, and various fibre workshops including knitting, needle felting, and weaving.

Mark your calendars! Got Craft? and Bird on a Wire will be hosting a special event on Thursday, April 4th from 7:00-9:30pm. Drop by for a private view with some of the local designers that will be at the Got Craft? spring event! Shop local, enjoy light refreshments, and say hello to your favourite artists! Check out the facebook event for more information including a list of participating artists here.

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Bird on a Wire Creations
2535 Main Street, Vancouver
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shop tour :: Brick & Mortar Living

26 Feb

shop tour: brick and mortar 1shop tour: brick and mortar 2shop tour brick and mortar collage1shop tour: brick and mortar 3shop tour: brick and mortar 4shop tour: brick and mortarshop tour: brick and mortar 7shop tour: brick and mortar 5We visited with the lovely ladies from Brick & Mortar Living last weekend, a beautiful shop that carries a selection of locally handmade and vintage / reimagined goods. Located in one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, the shop is a part of the Arundel Mansions, a building built in 1912 and chock block full of the character details that I love.

With a keen eye for styling and displays, sisters Julia and Emma (with the help of their mom!) fill their shop with plenty of inspiration from repurposed mason jar pendant lamps and tennis racket cork boards to handmade goods by Pretty Paper Please, The Beautiful Project, Belvedere, and more. They pride themselves in providing a memorable face-to-face customer experience so make sure to stop in and say hello!

Brick & Mortar Living
42 Begbie Street, New Westminster
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let’s go thrifting!

4 Feb

thrifting w/ Lotus Events 1thrifting w/ Lotus Events 2Thrifting to me is like getting a massage for others. It’s my go-to when I need to de-stress and take time away from the computer. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a thrift store, but will never turn down a nice stroll through an antique market. This can often mean trouble and over the past years, I have had to distinguish my feelings for wanting an item for its cuteness versus having an actual use for said item. It’s a fine line between thrifting and becoming a vintage hoarder. There’s nothing wrong with walking out of a shop empty handed!

thrifting w/ Lotus Events 3thrifting w/ Lotus Events 4What’s the difference?

Antique markets are often sectioned into curated stalls which a potential seller may rent and decorate however they wish with their finds. Items are often priced higher as products have been picked through, carefully selected, well displayed, and you sometimes may find the “insert popular item i.e. aluminum christmas trees” over and over. This is normally the place that I would go to find treasured pieces for my home and booth displays.

Thrift stores are often categorized into clothing, homewares, electronics, etc. It is up to you to roll up your sleeves and dig through to find your own gems especially if you find yourself at “the bins”. It may be a bit more time consuming, but often the place to pick up the best deals as items haven’t been picked through by a seller and marked up for resale. The key with thrift stores is to be a regular and the best scores are from the folks that live / work close to a thrift shop and are able to pop in on a regular basis. We have a map of our favourite shops, know when the sales take place, and try to visit on a monthly basis, if not more frequently!

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Here are my top thrift stops in the Lower Mainland:
MCC  :: This is my favourite place and have often walked out with boxes of new-to-me goods to a car load full.
Bibles for Missions :: Always worth a stop. Found some cute stuff that didn’t quite fit our home at the time, but would definitely be a find for the right person.
Salvation Army  :: As with all thrift stores, this place is hit and miss and you have to keep an eye on prices as they sometimes run high.
Churches / Estate Sales / Schools / Senior Centres :: Various location

Antique markets :: Most of my favourite antique markets are located in the US. Visit my Portland City Guide (scroll to the bottom for additional posts) for my usual spots.

Do you have a favourite thrifting place and / or tip? Share it below!

Bottom picture from Brick & Mortar Living. Stay tuned for a shop tour!

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