OK I’ll admit it, I’m a hoarder, and this must be a genetic thing coz everyone in my family is one too. You just never know when you might need that cute packaging/ quirky looking bottle/ or useful can that coffee came in 🙈
But this fortunate (or unfortunate – depending how you look at it!) trait has meant that most of our decor to hire has been made out of recycled goods.
Left over wood, pipe, card, jars, paint etc, all was kept coz we thought ‘hey that might come in use one day!’ Typical hoarderish symptoms 😬😆
When I get an idea for a new prop for an event, I prowl around the garage to see what we could use, or if I cant find anything I’m a big fan of recycling sites – gumtree.com, freecycle.org or preloved.com
It’s a little way we can help save our beautiful planet too.
This upcycled fire guard I found in the loft and turned it into a perrrty looking sign that we hire out.
Any fellow hoarders out there?! Turned something old into something new?
Who are we?
I’m Becky, a 30 something mama of two, from West London and I run this creative little business together with my mum Wendy.
When covid landed on our doorstep in 2020, one thing we did to help encourage sales of our craft kits, was create the Shop Small Christmas Gift Catalogue. We posted it out to thousands of homes, advertising gift ideas, all sold from small businesses, including my own, encouraging people to shop small at Christmas.
I loved helping other companies, I wondered about converting our catalogue into an in-person event.
So in summer 2022, we hosted out first ever pop-up market in Westfield shopping centre, encouraging the nation to shop from small businesses. I absolutely loved meeting so many inspiring business owners and helping them increase exposure and sales, it’s made me want to organise more events. It’s naturally turned into a business itself, hosting in person shopping events, helping diversify the high street with products from small businesses.
As a product selling business owner myself selling a range of craft kits, I know full well how hard it can be to generate a regular income and to keep the business going especially with big brands dominating the high street
From my own experience I’ve found if you have a good product, selling in person can be such a beneficial way to get your stock off the shelves and into the hands of your ideal customer. I’m passionate about helping small businesses thrive and the I Do Handmade Pop-Ups will hopefully do exactly that.