Friday, 21 May 2010

The Wonder of Woolies

I've been meaning to tell you about Woolies for ages. The picture above is one of my recent dolls' china pincushions, and these are now for sale in Woolies. (Also available in my Nearly Teatime online shop) This is Woolies - 
Probably not quite how you remember it? When our local branch of Woolworths closed, it was empty for a quite a while. Then last autumn, an indoor market opened there, and they kept the name 'Woolies'. 
From the start, the best stall for me has been this one called Home Birds. It's run by Joanna Rose, whose ceramics I really love (and have mentioned briefly here before). Just look at all these gorgeous plates she makes, using vintage style transfers.
She runs the stall with a few other talented women, including Chez Williams, who makes these fabulous, cute cushions, which are also sold in some very posh shops in Bath and London.
They mix it all up with to-die-for vintage goodies like these -

If I could buy it all, I would! I am so pleased to have my pincushions sold here, amongst such great company.

The market itself has some other lovely stalls, including a few other vintage and handmade stalls, a wonderfully chosen secondhand book stall, a cafe, and food stalls, including the wonderful Pie Minister (now a Bristol institution!

Woolies market is on Blackboy Hill in Bristol. If you're in the area, do pop in and have a look!


The Vintage Knitter said...

I love the idea of it being called 'Woolies' - its like a little tribute. Thanks for blogging about it or else I would never have found out about it. When I'm next visiting Bristol, I'll have to call in.

VintageVicki said...

Love the idea of still calling it Woolies. It looks an amazing shop - am wondering if we can fit in a trip to Bristol when we're down that way later in the year.

menopausalmusing said...

Wow! Shall have to get a look round there next time I am in Bristol.

Anonymous said...

What a great store! I will have to pop in and find an excuse to go to Bristol!

Love your little tea cup pin cushions!

Sadie at Flea xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

It's a fabulous way to use a big empty shop!


Space Cadet said...

Now if only someone would open up a "pick and mix" stall in there it would be perfect!