Hearing everyone saying how important it is to shop small businesses this year? Know deep down that you’d love to start buying more thoughtful gifts and shopping small is the way to go? Or you just want to show your support for the small independent business? (Yay! Go you!)
How though? Where do you find these small businesses? Are they even online? Hell yeah we are! I’m here to help you navigate that tangled web we call the internet for all your Christmas shopping needs.
This year has meant that many small businesses have had to pivot to make ourselves more visible online. We can’t rely on attending markets and events like we normally would. In response, many organisers have set up virtual events, whether through a website or social channels.
You should know by now that I love a bit of shopping from small businesses, enjoying the variety of products that can be found. This has many benefits to us as consumers too; if you’d like to find out more about how it can benefit you, then do check out my previous blog post ‘shop small business UK’ here.
Where to find small businesses?
It can be hard to find out about these if you don’t know where to look. Luckily for you, I’m in the know as I’ve been following many events as well as taking part in them myself. Here are some places that should be on your radar:
These are people who usually organise in-person markets themselves and now have events taking place online.
- Tea Green Events: championing Scotland’s independent creative talent. Their marketplace events are best viewed on Facebook using this link to join the group.
- Portobello Makers Market: usually held seasonally in Portobello, Edinburgh, this market continues to support makers during the festive period. Find them on Facebook here.
- Dumfries Market Festival/The Guild Dumfries: this is one of the few markets still running in-person but they have done some online events previously. View their website here for updates.
- Country Living:; usually holds events up and down the country. Now hosting CLArtisans, an online market with a gift guide to browse. It’s exclusive so you’ll need to sign up to have access. Find out more here.
- Curated Makers/Postable Pop-Up: usually popping up in locations across England, you can find makers popping up on Instagram by following #postablepopup and sorting by most recent.
- The Craft and Flea: once hosted in a variety of places, it’s now best to view their virtual markets on Instagram here.
There are also many directories set up to help you find makers and/or events. Here are my recommendations to look at:
There are many organisations that have set up Instagram accounts for shopping small this year. Here are a few to follow:
Phew! What a list eh?! There’s a huge variety of makers and markets. Please be mindful that this is a new platform or way of working for many of these organisers, each set-up and layout will be different and sometimes it takes a little navigating to find what you’re looking for. If you can’t find it easily, get in touch with them; I’m sure they’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!
I can assure you there’s a huge amount of gems waiting to be found. I bet there’s more I haven’t found yet! Let me know in the comments if there are any markets you’ve attended this season (whether virtually or in-person) that you really enjoyed which you’d like to share. It’s great to spread the love! After all, it’s nearly Christmas!