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The Fairy Tale Fair’s Festive Fancies

1 November 2015 No Comment

Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop local in the run up to Christmas, this year falling on 5 December. And one of the small businesses at the heart of Brighton’s independent designer-maker scene – The Fairy Tale Fair – was last year chosen as one of the top 100 Small Businesses of the national campaign.

The Fairy Tale Fair, Brighton

So what’s happened since then and what can we look forward to from the local fairs this festive season? We caught up with founder Claire Montgomery for her picks of vintage-inspired traders at the upcoming events.

Speaking of last year’s accolade, Claire says: “Being part of the SmallBiz100 for 2014 was a great achievement. We were invited to Downing Street to celebrate with the other top 100 and were part of a small market on the street. It was a great, if slightly surreal, day and we met the Chancellor, Karren Brady from The Apprentice and lots of other lovely small business owners.

“The publicity has helped us to grow through 2015 and this season sees us holding more fairs then ever before.”

“It’s important to shop small where possible: As well as supporting local designers and makers you’re also buying one-off gifts that you won’t find on the high street. We make sure the fairs have everything from cards, stocking fillers and pocket-money buys to one of artworks, homewares and fashion.”

Brighton Open Market, 15 November

Over 40 talented local makers will be showing their wares from 10.30am – 4pm, alongside live Fifties-themed dancing at 1pm. And guests will be in good company as the organisers of Small Business UK are coming down from London to visit and film the fair.

Make a beeline for…

Dolly Dripp retro fashion


Dollydripp is an indie fashion label selling retro-inspired clothing, accessories & homewares influenced with a modern twist. All are dreamt up by designer-maker Sarah, who wants to create pieces that capture the fun of Fifties’ fashion, without looking like straight reproduction copies. Her range also includes cute sleepwear, homewares and jewellery.

Decor by Tamzin vintage tea cup bird feeder

Decor By Tamzin

From handmade soy wax candles set in vintage tea cups to tea cup bird feeders, pin cushions to vintage plate clocks, Tamzin’s range of gifts and home and garden decor will add vintage style to any home!

The Fairy Tale Fair Patcham, 21 November

One not to be missed for families. With over 35 stalls, a craft workshop room, vintage tearoom, face painting, charity raffle and lots more there’s plenty to keep all generations entertained.

Make a beeline for…

Make Do & Trend

Make Do & Trend

One of the 6 workshops at the fair will be run by Kirsty of Make Do & Trend, who offer contemporary craft workshops for parties. Suitable for complete beginners, the workshops offer the opportunity to make something you love to take home with you. Keep an eye on their website for local Christmas craft workshops or get in touch to arrange a unique Christmas Party.

Definitely Different

Vintage wicker and floral box bag

In the entrance hall at Patcham you’ll also find Lynne of Definitely Different, who sources and creates a range of vintage-inspired jewellery and accessories perfect for special occasions and everyday wear.

So This is Christmas, Worthing, 6 December

The Fairy Tale Fair heads to Worthing on the first shopping weekend of December for a special fair in aid of cancer hospice St Barnabas House. Opened by the town crier, the fair will be their biggest of the year with over 70 stall holders, live vintage singers, two silver bands, face painting, a pop-up beauty parlour and lots more.

Make a beeline for…

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Cat A Cake Creations lazer cut jewellery

Another small business string to FTF founder Claire’s bow, Cat-a-Cake Creations specialises in laser-cut jewellery, often themed (as the name would suggest) around cats and cakes, as well as greeting cards and personalised commissions. Expect a few festive fancies in the mix.

Brighton Open Market, 12 December

The Fairy Tale Fair concludes its festivities at Brighton Open Market on Saturday 12 December, where it will take over the 20 centre stalls of the market.

To find out more about the festive fairs visit www.thefairytalefair.co.uk.

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