"Where do you 'find' your Creative Finds?"

People often ask me where do I find all the lovely, hand-crafted gift products. This is what I tell them... Firstly, I love nothing more than a rummage through market stalls and I can scan those gazebos pretty quickly to determine if the items on offer are something that I'll pursue. These days the calibre of products is so much higher than the twee little local fetés of days gone by. Clever makers are aware of branding and of the importance of positioning themselves as designers as well as craftspeople. I for one am a sucker for a stylish market stall,  selling unique products, made from quality materials, and that are presented beautifully. Once I've determined that the item is something I'd give as a gift, and it ticks the criteria that I've outlined in blogs gone by (read about this here), I'll make contact with the maker and approach them for their wholesale terms. Sourcing New Gift Products - Creative Finds Lifestyle I love being a conduit between our talented makers and my community of considered gift shoppers, and over time I aim to build a strong, supportive relationship with all my suppliers. I'll keep in touch closely in an effort to offer their new designs and ranges in my store. Second to seeing, touching and feeling the products in the markets, it has got to be Instagram. Do you use the "Save" feature on Insta? This is where I save products and makers that I come across while doing the daily scroll. On a seasonal basis I'll identify the gaps in the store's offering, as well as the products and makers I'd like to make contact with, in order to fill those gaps. Thirdly, my own Creative Find branded designs such as the Sport towels, Fabric purses, Pom-pom socks, Ballet flats, soon to arrive Sandals and the Kaftans/Kimonos are continually being dreamt up by me. I then collaborate with creative makers here and abroad, to bring them to life.   Fabric Purses - creative finds And then lastly, I have a couple of unofficial "scouts"! Friends and family who share my love of unique, hand-crafted gifts, will regularly send me samples, links, contact details of products and makers that they've come across on their travels, and their own market visits. These scouts and their finds are invaluable. As the market scene and the number of creative artisans grows, I'm very appreciative to my scouts for keeping their eyes open on my behalf! So there you have it. The four current ways I source my finds. If you or anyone you know makes something gorgeous by hand that you think would complement the creative finds offerings,  then please, do get in touch! xx Market Sourcing - Creative Finds Lifestyle

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