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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Yorkshire Craftsters? on: May 25, 2007 06:44:02 AM
I'm a Leeds girl - although I live in Otley now it's still a leeds postcode!

I buy a lot of my stuff on-line as my 3 year old doesn't like being dragged around craft shops - well she does actually but she trys to open everything and use it which is a bit embarassing at times!
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / In Leeds on Dec 1st - come and support your fellow crafters on: November 29, 2006 04:35:27 AM
Its that time again - prettycraftythings will be taking place on 1st December at Leeds Met Student Union between 12 and 4pm. We have over 30 vendors, a mix tape trade and Victoria Woodcock,the co-author of fantastic new alternative craft book 'Making Stuff' - and if that's not enough there will be a lucky dip with free stuff and christmas cookies for those who get there early enough!

Again we will be holding a charity raffle in aid of the NSPCC (charity registration 216401) - the prizes are amazing - two jam packed goody bags, one featuring loads of items from Etsy contributors and one featuring contributions from the newly formed Leeds Craft Mafia. These are prizes you do not want to miss! There will also be lots of NSPCC freebies including sticker, pens and balloons! Look for the stall with lots of green balloons - tickets will cost 1 for a strip of 5 and the draw will be made during the afternoon.

And finally, for your aural pleasure our playlist this month is dedicated to an alternative christmas!

So come along and say hello - it will be lots of fun!!
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: thrift stores? on: October 24, 2006 10:43:00 AM
I don't think anyone will shoot you down at all - it is always good to see the many sides of a debate and obviously if you work at Oxfam you are able to provide an insight from that perspective. I am sorry you feel you have to continually justify the work Oxfam does but I think people have always perceived charity shops (whether that is how they have presented themselves or not) as a place to get a bargain. Because of the plethora of cheap consumer goods now flooding the market they no longer have this perception of charity shops (if you see what I mean). And most people just want what they perceive as a good bargain when they go shopping - if they thought about the social and political consequences of their shopping preferences then certain stores with dubious ethical production methods simply wouldn't exist.

I have known a lot of people who have worked in charity shops, including Oxfam, and I am aware of why Oxfam undertake the work they do in order to save and improve lives. But I still stand by my statement that some of the charity shops where I live are ridiculously overpriced and unfortunately this is demonstrated by the fact that most of the stock doesn't move anymore. I would not expect a pristine Chanel jacket for 3 but neither would I expect to pay the literally the same amount for a second hand item that it would cost new (and I mean as a like for like comparison not because it could be bought cheaper at primark) I make charity donations through other avenues and still donate the clothes my toddler has grown out of to certain charity shops because I know that there are people who rely on charity shops to be able to cloth their children and keep them warm because they are living below the poverty line. I also freecycle other items for the same reason.

4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: UK craft fairs - so annoyed! on: October 24, 2006 06:20:49 AM
I agree miso! That why I am organising prettycraftythings too! Where abouts are you JenJenJen and retrocircles? I have been approached to consider doing a prettycraftythings in several places in the North of England including Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool and Middlesborough (I am considering it but it is a big job and I don't know if I am quite that crazy!!)

More than happy to share my experience too (I got a lot of invaluable help and support off some of the girls who organise US fairs when I started planning ) - although I will be in a better position after the first bazaar has taken place on 3rd November! Feel free to send me a message her if I can help in any way

Michelle x
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: thrift stores? on: October 24, 2006 05:00:28 AM
As I think I have said before where I live there are loads of charity shops and they are becoming ridiculously overpriced. The rent issue is a problem here too and it is really hard for any small new business to get off the ground because of this.

Vinny, thank you for passing that information on about the charity banks - I had not heard about it before but it is very good to know something about what is going on
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: UK craft fairs - so annoyed! on: October 24, 2006 04:53:53 AM
I will be very cheeky here and do a bit of shameless plugging (sorry!) I have started to organise a monthly craft bazaar in Leeds (I know its a little bit east of the north-west!) you can find all the information on our website here. I do post about it on the craft-related events section here on craftster and also craftermath - maybe you should check them out as there may be other events near you on them!
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: journals and the like on: September 28, 2006 11:50:20 AM
I'm still interested too!
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Promo items needed for goodie bags/charity raffle on: September 27, 2006 04:19:43 AM
All the info can be found here (didn't want to duplicate a post but did want to bring it to the specific attention of the UK crafters!)
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: UK crafters? on: September 25, 2006 09:07:02 AM
Just popped in to say a quick hello and welcome to newer UK craftsters

ps. Lady Bag - Poole is one of my favourite places in the country (I used to have a boyfriend who came from down there)

Stopitgetdown - I think I recognise yu from craftermath! I am impgirl there too!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Skeleton/Bones/Skulls Swap(Sign ups CLOSEDSendouts SEPT 23rd) on: September 11, 2006 03:03:03 AM
I am in! im going to PM impgrl as i know she loves skull and bones!

I would have loved to have been a part of this but nasty head/pavement incident resulting in a stay in icu put paid to that. Thanks to pirate core for the link to it though - I am now off to check out the gallery and get jealous!!
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