The transition from Summer into Autumn and then Autumn into Winter has to be my favourite. The changing colours of the leaves, the sunny & crisp mornings and the dark nights drawing in earlier each day. And obviously as soon as Summer comes to an end out pop the advent calendars in supermarkets, Christmas adverts appear on your TV & shops start to display all varieties of gift ideas, oh and of course my endless supply of mince pies quickly begins!
But I think what I love the most about this time of the year is seeing and keeping up to date with the independent business I follow on Instagram, and in my local high street and surrounding area. It’s the perfect opportunity for owners to get creative, go all out and bring out their festive-flair!
Lately their stories have been filled with window prep, asking for viewers advice, and slowly piecing together their winter displays. They’re all so different and all have such unique touches. Not one is ever the same. Just a few of my favourites have to be Meggies, BeryLune, Calliopepaperie, ‘B’TheLifestyleShop, HouseByBetty, Mundos, ThePeopleShop.
I pledge to shop independent this Christmas, do you? By shopping small whether it’s at your local craft fair, your local indie shop, design market or small online shop your supporting and helping the growth and longevity of an owners business and makers dream. By supporting the little guys, instead of the massive chains, you’re helping to pay their bills and support their own families. You make them feel special and it makes them realise that all their hard work means something to the community and festive-goers. It doesn’t have to be a lot, whether its a single card, a piece of wrapping paper, a gift, a cushion, a book (the list is endless) every little helps.
A few of the places I browsed & shopped in my local area:
The Golden Sheaf Gallery, Narbeth
Jago, Narbeth & Tenby
The Nook and Cranny, Tenby