There is a quote circulating on Instagram and Facebook that you may have seen. I am not sure where it comes from, to give it credit but it says ‘when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance’. As we enter into the festive season, this is never more true.
It’s not easy, especially in this climate, with all the uncertainty around ‘you know what’, and the increase in costs. But what is constant is that when you buy from a maker, you will be greeted with a smile, a cheer and a rapport with a real person who is truly delighted that you have chosen their product to purchase and gift, whether to yourself or someone else.
It’s November, and it’s chilly. Christmas market season is upon us and a little bit of festive cheer may be, creeping into your home. Colville Leather isn't attending any Christmas markets this year but is present online as always. We are here to answer any questions you may have or just in general to say hello. At Colville Leather, we appreciate each and every customer for supporting our journey and our vision to create handmade leather products that can last a lifetime. All our products are handmade in Devon, and make perfect Christmas gifts.
A good Christmas market is definitely a way to feel the festive spirit though even if you haven't embraced it yet. Some local markets to keep an eye out for coming up in South Devon are Saltram House Christmas Craft and Food Fair happening on 15th to 17th November (that’s next weekend), the brilliant Crux Craft Fair on the 22nd to 24th November (at a quaint village hall in Rattery) and Buckfast Abbey Christmas Food and Craft Fair on 30th November to name just a few. Not forgetting also Totnes Market on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in December, set against the backdrop of the historic cobbled town and Exeter Christmas market set against the backdrop of the impressive Cathedral. There are also gatherings of Etsy makers in the Esty Christmas markets that are popping up around the County this festive season.
Not also forgetting the plentiful independent shops dotted about the county. Take 39 Totnes; it offers some really wonderful pieces by local makers and stocks wonderful individual items. You are in for a feast of local makers who will greet you warmly (and possibly not publicly, but certainly internally do a little dance) when you buy from them. You will most likely also be in line for mulled wine and some festive treats too. What more could you ask for.
Independent foodies also get in on the festive cheer and will be out and about offering their delights; so not only do you get the atmosphere, you also get delicious food and you get to engage with those who appreciate your custom most. Devon is a haven for makers and small businesses and this time of year brings them together, so before you hit Amazon Prime consider the unique local gifts on your doorstep which are to be had, and remembered for many many Christmases to come.