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31 January 2013 25 Comments

Magpies and I, the team behind the Altrincham Vintage & Craft Market in Manchester, have launched another business supporting the talents of independent businesses – Magpies and I PR.

Gail Titchener - vintage PR consultant

Following the success of their markets in Greater Manchester and throughout the South West – the Altrincham fair has trebled in size in the last 18 months and won support from Mary Portas – sisters Sian and Gail Titchener have launched a press release service aimed at vintage, handmade and art businesses who want to “get their name and products out there”. And we have a PR package to give away to one lucky Vintage Brighton reader!

“No matter how good their product, small businesses can struggle to get themselves known”, says Gail. “Twitter is one way to raise your profile, but you need to promote yourself on a wider scale if you really want to succeed. This can be daunting, especially if your talent lies in making and doing rather than writing. And of course there’s only so many hours in a day.”

With her background as a copywriter, feature writer and PR executive, putting ideas into words is one area Gail has plenty of experience and after helping stallholders such as illustrator Laura Clempson who runs Cupcakes For Clara (coverage below) to write press releases, realised that this presented a way of combining both areas of her work.

Cupcakes for Clara in Crafts Beautiful magazine

A cottage industry themselves, the sisters know important it is to small busionesses that services are effective, flexible and affordable.

“These days, many small businesses can’t justify signing up to a yearly marketing contract, which is why Magpies and I PR provide a purse-friendly press release and distribution service you can dip in and out of as you choose”, says Gail. “That way you only have to invest when you’ve got something really newsworthy to say.”

Magpies And I have recently worked with This is Lullaby which kits out babies in traditional heritage fabrics; Plum and Pigeon who make charming vintage style dresses with a modern twist;  No. 16 Vintage and Traders’ Outlet as well as Altrincham’s London Tap Gallery.

How to enter

The PR package to be won includes a consultation with Gail to find the best angle for your story, creation of a press release and distribution to relevant regional editors.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment telling us about your vintage or craft business.

Deadline for entries is 22 February and a winner will be picked at random and contacted via the e-mail address used to comment during the week commencing 25 February.

For more information on how Magpies and I can help your business, contact Gail Titchener on 07795 167902 or email altvtgmarket@hotmail.com.

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  • Christine said:

    What a lovely idea! xx

  • katie carne said:

    oooh- sounds good- I run The preloved designer sale- one off large sales currently in brighton and leeds, expanding to manchester and round the country. pop up sale, selling preloved designer clothes. so gives people the chance to sell the clothes they no longer wear, plus buy beautiful designer pieces at a fraction of the original price. held over a week to collect clothes to sell then a one off 2-3 day sale on the weekend


  • Claire Culley said:

    Hello from Super+Super HQ in Brighton! A venue for Brighton’s creatives to come and be inspired. We offer permanent studio spaces, coworking for creative freelancers and host all kinds of craft workshops. We also offer crafty hen parties and baby showers and host regular community events including vintage pop up shops, clothes swaps and a monthly film club. If that wasn’t enough we also rent the space out for local artists/designers/makers to run their own workshops!

  • Christine said:

    I wasn’t sure if I’d qualify to enter, but thought I’d chance it! I run a lifestyle blog we offer inspiration, cover events, offer tips and positive life advice with regular articles on vintage, fashion, travel, food, beauty, books, music and all things fabulous! It’s a small business which I would love to grow into the Huffington Post of Fabulous! You can visit my site at http://www.thefabuloustimes.com Big Love, here’s to 2013!! xx

  • Ellen B said:

    I am small independent milliner, making hats and fascinators for ladies with style and attitude. I design and hand make all my items, I am building my on line presence and am stocked in a shop and am looking to take my business to the next level this year.

  • Iona Hodgson said:

    Hello, This is a great idea and a great prize! My small business is a vintage photography service, taking 1920’s style portraits of women. Please see http://www.myeroticpostcard.com for info. The project has been featured here on Vintage Brighton already and it would be amazing to get some PR consultation and press releases done. Oh I hope I win! xxxxx

  • Danielle said:

    Hello from Make & Believe…by Danielle Christina. A British women’s wear fashion label inspired by vintage tailoring. Focusing on creating high quality products that promote individuality and a unconventional statement through design.

  • Kristen Hubert said:

    Hi I run Hairlooms Headpieces. We make vintage style hair accessories by refashioning vintage jewellery. Our bridal side tiaras, fascinators, hair combs and hair grips are available from our online shop at http://www.hairloomsheadpieces.co.uk. We’ve had some success at vintage fairs and have been starting to target vintage directories and blogs but we’d love some help to target our audience.

  • Kelly said:

    Hello there, what a great prize!

    I run Belle’s Events and Sussex Love Bug. Belle’s Events is a small business running Vintage and Unique Wedding Fairs across Sussex, the company was born out of wanting to support other small vintage companies like my own, Sussex Love Bug, the Vintage VW Beetle. I took the car (Belle) to a larger corporate fair when we first started and was reduced to tears. Now in my second year I have Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair and Belle’s Bridal Bazaar in Spring and Autumn and have just taken on and run my first Bridal Boot Fair, of course Belle sits pretty outside the fairs too! Oh and me and another Vintage go-getter run Wedding Networking Evenings in Brighton 3 times a year too. Phew, I think that’s all.

    http://www.bellesevents.co.uk & http://www.sussexlovebug.co.uk

  • Katy said:

    Hello, I’m Katy and I run the website http://www.handpickedvintage.com/

    After years spent collecting and admiring vintage clothes I decided it was necessary to start sharing the amazing pieces I came across.

    I also sell at vintage fairs across the south coast, trying to spread the Hand Picked Vintage Love as much as possible!

  • Ellie said:

    Hi there,
    We are elbojobo
    We are a south coast Design House producing one of a kind fabric characters for the home and some limited edition screenprints too. We can’t wait for the big wide world to meet our Beastie Bunnies, Tommy Tashmen and Betty dolls.
    We would love to win your PR package!
    Our characters have been sold in various Sussex shops and online also. Proving to be popular with both children and adults alike.
    We are so excited about our new website and have had extremely positive feedback since recently launching. We really hope to hear from you soon – what a super prize!
    Ellie and John Bond

  • Anwen Pegrum said:

    Hi, I’d love to win this prize!

    I run a Vintage Painted Furniture business from South Wales, selling online, at markets and fairs.

    Services alongside supplying furniture include, a sourcing furniture, painting customers existing furniture and Interior style advice.

    fingers and toes crossed for this!


  • Alice Rolfe said:


    Rolfe&Wills design and make all their printed goods and fabrics in Bristol. Myself, Alice Rolfe and Chloe Wills use bold designs and colours to create unique homwares and upholstery. We sell furniture, cushions, lengths of fabric, tea towels, baby grows and even hand bound and printed notebooks and other stationary. We often work with customers to create a bespoke design for their home.

    We sell at markets, cooperative shops, and on line at Etsy and Folksy.
    We think this sounds like a great prize and hope to hear back from you.

    All the best, Alice & Chloe

  • Claire Wade said:

    I run Live in Love in Laugh in creating fun, friendship and things to look forward to for people who are I’ll, disabled and stuck at home. It focuses on bringing things like parties and holidays to them, so they can enjoy them with others online. It’s a community of people who want to live life, despite facing challenges.

  • karen james welton said:

    Vintage fashion stylist and personal shopper. With a 30 year passion for vintage, writes and styles for magazines inc Vintage Life and contibuter to various blogs. Current working on own capsule collection of vintage inspired clothing.

  • Sammy said:

    My name is Sammy. I have just set up my own greeting card business called Sammyelizab Greeting Cards. I make Handmade vintage inspired greeting cards!Inspired by pin up girls from 1940’s to 1950’s! Take a look at my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/sammyelizab

  • Leah Zofia said:

    Hi there,

    Introducing Lovespun! A locally sourced online crafts store selling handmade, and vintage upcycled crafts and jewellery. The website goes up this week and now I’m looking to promote it. Would love to work with you!

    Thanks for the competition,


  • Simon Knowles said:

    I started The Vintage Photobooth Company on the back of a DIY creative wedding project in August of 2012. Since then, it has become a part-time business alongside a busy day job that I would love to make big enough to take full-time.
    We hire out beautiful vintage-themed photobooths for weddings, events and parties. We also supply trunkfuls of fabulously creative and unique props to allow guests to unleash their inventive sides.. Our photobooth is the icebreaker, the guest-mingler and the talking point of any great wedding or party.
    A PR consultation would me help enormously – targeting my marketing and making the best of my time to build the business as effectively as possible.
    Thanks for the opportunity & good luck to everyone!

  • Helen Snell said:

    I have just started a new business designing retro inspired fabrics which are printed in the UK and sold exclusively through my website.

  • Beverley said:

    Sounds a lovely idea. We all need support when a small business. Often a small business will make very high quality goods but because they are so small they go under the radar. I make soap, not only for troubled skin as my children all have sensitive skins, but fun soaps in cup cakes and flowers. I get completely engrossed in making and designing my soaps and sincerely hope people enjoy looking at the soaps and have as much fun looking as I do making.

  • Ursula said:

    This is such a lovely and generous thing to do. I am a milliner just starting out and did a few fairs in the lead up to christmas and am currently working on getting a website and shop up and running. I love period shapes and enjoy going to vintage fairs on weekends to find vintage trimmings for my hats, which often make them unique. I am currently broadening my use of different materials, felt, buckram, straw and sinamay and am looking forward to see what i can create next!

  • Julie said:

    This is such a lovely giveaway and I’m sure will be so valued by the winner! You are so right about how difficult it is to get your name out there as a small business! Even if I knew how to get our name into a magazine or noticed by a bigger blogger, I can’t ever seem to grab the spare time to devote to it.

    My mother and I run a small embroidery pattern shop together on etsy – Little Dorrit & Co., all of our patterns are based on literature. My mother studied art and I studied literature and it’s been impossible to find a desk job in this economy, so we decided to put our heads together and make something ourselves. It’s been very very hard, but also so rewarding every time someone buys a pattern! I also design knitting patterns on the side, and there just never seems to be enough time to get everything I have in my head done!

    Thanks for this chance!

  • Sacha-Marie Titherly said:

    Fabulous idea and well done for your successes!
    I started a small craft business at the end of last year which has stemmed from a hobby. I began making Sock Monkeys (sockimals) for friends and relatives for gifts and put photos of my creations on Facebook. Before I knew it I had about 40 orders in for Christmas.
    I don’t make a lot from my business, I donate £1.00 from every order to St Wilfrid’s Hospice as it is a charity that is close to my heart and has helped a lot of family members and friends in the past.
    I have set up a website however all of my sales have come from Facebook so I’d love the chance to spread my wings a little and raise as much as I can for my charity – with a hope of becoming big enough to make a little bit for myself too 🙂

    I really appreciate you reading this – good luck to everyone entering.

  • phillippa lee said:

    I am a glass artist making Angels, wish sticks, and jewellery. I love vintage colors and try and use these in my work. I was a healer and started making Angels when people on my Angel courses started asking for something to buy. It is so hard to make a living with a small business and difficult to do everything yourself – especially the publicity side. I would love to win this supportive competition.

  • Natasha said:

    Hello. My name is Natasha and I run Natasha Moorhouse Millinery http://www.natashamoorhouse.com. I’m a London based couture milliner who creates bespoke, handmade hats and headpieces. All my hats are hand blocked and hand stitched in Britain using materials purchased from UK suppliers. I’m interested in the British tradition of millinery and applying it to modern materials.

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