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Bothwell Scarecrow Festival September 2013

There wasn’t a yellow brick road, a cowardly lion or cold-hearted tin-man … but there were plenty of scarecrows. 

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The Bothwell Scarecrow Festival has celebrated its third year. If you walked around the town during its two weeks in September you would be met by various straw-filled bodies as they adorned shop fronts, residents’ gardens and sometimes scaled walls and roof tops. There was even a “policeman” armed with a speed gun ready to catch unsuspecting drivers.

Bothwell Scarecrow Festival

Hanging out at the local nursery

Postman Pat gets his pockets picked by a young fan

Postman Pat gets his pockets picked by a young fan

Bothwell Scarecrow Festival

If I only had a brain I could read a newspaper

The festival has grown since its inception and there was a packed programme of events during the two weeks ranging from music to fun runs and food markets. Just over £16,000 was raised, with some of the funds going to Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Foundation.

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Stone the crows … a scarecrow comes to life

One new addition of this year’s festival was a vintage car display. And on a sunny Sunday, car enthusiasts and curious visitors descended upon a car park to glaze wistfully at the four-wheeled wonders all polished to perfection by proud and careful owners.

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Lots of world famous names proudly showed off their shiny iconic emblems.

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And there were a few curve balls.

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Until next year …

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November 2, 2013 · 8:30 am

Vintage Glasgow 2013

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Vintage Glasgow made its debut at the end of July 2013 as part of the Merchant City Festival.

Kennedy Cupcakes

Kennedy Cupcakes

Vintage, which was brought to the city by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway, saw Ingram Street and Candleriggs taken over by a vintage market and impromptu dance routines, while the Old Fruitmarket became a hub for chilled out bars, a place to watch old movies and there was also an opportunity to be transformed into a star with a vintage hair and make-up make-over.

With seven decades being celebrated, there was a mix ranging from the 1920s to the 1980s. Events were held all weekend from The Torch Club which celebrated the 1940s, to The Soul Casino with its disco groove from the 70s and 80s, while fans of The Great Gatsby era were putting on the glitz at The Charleston Brunch.

A sunny Saturday meant busy streets and the Vintage Marketplace, curated by Gin in Teacups, was a buzzing hive of stalls where you could buy everything from mugs, t-shirts, old clocks, vintage jewelry and clothes, tea sets and old-fashioned housewares.

Vintage Glasgow Marketplace 2013 curated by Gin in Teacups

Vintage Glasgow Marketplace 2013 curated by Gin in Teacups

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TenTen

TenTen

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Oxfam Vintage Shop

Oxfam Vintage Shop

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Gillian Kyle's Tunnock's Fancies

Gillian Kyle’s Tunnock’s Fancies

Gillian Kyle's Tunnock's fancies

Gillian Kyle’s Tunnock’s fancies

Vintage Glasgow 2013

Vintage Glasgow 2013

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Everything for the facial-haired gent from beardcraft.co.uk

Everything for the facial-haired gent from beardcraft.co.uk

A portable tea room from Glasgow’s Hidden Tea Room was a welcome pit-stop for tea and scones and the Gramophone DJs spun some vintage vinyl.

Portable Tea Room from the Hidden Lane Tea Room, Glasgow

Portable Tea Room from the Hidden Lane Tea Room, Glasgow

The Gramophone DJs

The Gramophone DJs

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The crowds were entertained by The Kennedy Cupcakes as they performed a few sassy dance sequences outside the Old Fruitmarket and City Halls.

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The Kennedy Cupcakes

The Kennedy Cupcakes

Dr Martens stamped their vintage footprint with their van displaying the popular footwear in lots of fancy colours and patterns.

Dr Martens

Dr Martens

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A portable flower van from Glasgow’s Ruby Flowers brightened up the street with their floral display.

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Inside the Old Fruitmarket there was a flurry of lipstick, powder and paint as the allure of being transformed into a Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe or Jane Russell was popular. The Vintage Hair and Beauty Salon staffed by The Makeup School London and Vanity Thrills vintage hairdressers made sure everyone looked fabulous.

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Also inside the Old Fruitmarket people were chilling out in the Leisure Lounge Tiki Bar curated by the Charity Shop DJ.

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For more information see:

Vintage Glasgow Website

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Gin in Teacups

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Gin in Teacups is an indoor-based vintage sale which operates throughout Scotland. You can expect to find unique and bespoke handmade goods and everything from records to vintage clothing and jewellery, and lots of edgy designers.

Gin in Teacups

Gin in Teacups

The popular sale with a twist is back with a bang this Saturday, April 6, 2013. You’ll find it at The Arches in Glasgow from 12 noon to 5pm, free entry.

Get there early and you could be in line for a special giveaway, if you are one of the first 40 people through the door.

Gin in Teacups Mugs

And if you can’t make it, don’t worry, Laurie Macmillan and Sarah Lawson, the girls behind Gin in Teacups have set their dates and promise lots more selling, bargains and gorgeous goods to come throughout Scotland all during the year.

 

Laurie also chats below about their sale and what motivates them.

For more information on Gin in Teacups see:

Gin in Teacups Facebook page:

 For those of us who don’t know much about Gin in Teacups, tell us about it.

 Gin in Teacups is not only an indoor pop-up market showcasing the best of Scotland’s creatives, artists, jewellery designers, vintage traders, but it’s also a meeting place for these traders to network, inspire each other and bounce ideas around.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea came from way back when we designed and made our own clothes. We were stocking in several shops but the huge commission rates made it less fruitful. We decided we could cut out the middle man and run our ‘pop-up-shop’ but we wanted to bring in more people and make it an alternative shopping experience.

Who runs it and what’s your background?  Do you have any other jobs?

The event is run throughout Scotland by Laurie Macmillan and Sarah Lawson. They are both self-taught designers who went to high school together and always shared similar interests. They both work full time, Sarah as a manager for support workers and Laurie as a full time chef.

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The name Gin in Teacups is particularly cool. How did you decide on the name?

We were wracking our brains for hours and nothing grabbed us, but for some reason that line stuck in our heads. It’s from a Babyshambles song called Albion. It also relates to the alcohol prohibition in the 1920s.

What’s been your experience of organizing these events?

It’s always a mix. You do work very, very hard to organize it. People drop out at the last minute, venues let you down and don’t fulfill their part of the bargain but it is fun, maybe we are a glutton for punishment. You also get to meet weird and wonderful people along the way and of course you pick up some smashing items and see all the fantastic things that people create.

Going forward, what’s your plans for Gin in Teacups?

 We’d like to just keep scouting for new venues, new traders and to try keep it fresh.

You’re back this weekend, who/what can we expect to see there?

We will be having a giveaway for the first 40 through the door, which will be special limited edition gin mugs, and they are super cute. We will have 20 traders selling everything from gourmet cupcakes, handcrafted jewellery, hand-printed t-shirts, fantastic in trend vintage clothing and so much more.

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Be early and grab a trendy “Gin” mug for free

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Made In Glasgow

Made In Glasgow

Made in Glasgow is a hub for creative people around the city to sell and promote their wares. It’s the brainchild of local designer Robert Chambers, who has his own business, TenTen, selling t-shirts, mugs, bags and other merchandise. He’s often to be found with a stall at various craft fairs and he got his idea while at the vintage fair Gin In Teacups. Looking around, he saw first-hand the huge amount of enterprising craft workers who make and sell everything from greeting cards, brooches, trinkets, clothes, furniture, bikes and hats.

Robert Chambers with guest at Made In Glasgow launch at The Arches, Glasgow

Robert Chambers with guest at Made In Glasgow launch at The Arches, Glasgow

These are people with small businesses to run and grow. Some of them still have jobs while trying to get their side-line venture out there. Some of them juggle children while trying to get their own business started. They sell their goods at fairs, various shops and through their own websites. Robert’s new venture proposes to spread the net even wider and give them another platform for selling and promotion.  It’s good news for sellers and buyers alike.

The Made In Glasgow website is a one-stop-online-shop for creatives to sell their goods. Customers can log in and expect to find an online shop full of lots of unusual gifts and buying ensures the support of local talent. And if you find something you like, spread the word and tell others. For buyers it makes great sense, it saves trailing the internet through lots of different websites where one will do and you can be assured everything on the Made In Glasgow site is authentic and exceptionally cool.

Caledonian Cowboy at The Arches, Glasgow

Caledonian Cowboy at The Arches, Glasgow

With a special launch night on March 25, 2013, to get the word out there, standing outside The Arches in Glasgow was the Caledonian Cowboy playing his bagpipes while inside there were stalls with a taste of what you can expect to find on the website.

Also providing entertainment was local band Dead Man’s Fall, while later on the Caledonian Cowboy recited some poetry.

Dead Man's Fall

Dead Man’s Fall

On the selling front there was Laura Morrison and Tina Cairns who run BrawBits.

They’ve turned from maws to Braw and make lots of unusual goods from homewares to jewellery to textiles. Everything is original design and comes from recycled items. They’ve also designed a bag which doubles up as a mat. It’s a great idea for mums with kids out in the park having a quick picnic or for festival-goers.

BrawBits

BrawBits

Wonky Woolies make woolly hats. These are super cool and super cozy, double lined with handmade pompoms on top and can be made to order. Ask for your own design or name and they will run one up for you.

Wonky Woolies

Wonky Woolies

Fortune Favours The Brave is run by Tommy Wilson, who used to work at Scottish outfitters Slanji. Through his experience he’s identified a niche in novel t-shirts and merchandise with a fun and quirky Scottish theme. On display were t-shirts with everybody’s favourite scamp with a bucket, Our Wullie and famous family, The Broons. Tommy has also devised his own Scottish Alphabet, displayed on t-shirts, (he’s also working on a children’s version), while you can buy a wee brown bag for “The Messages” to carry all your shopping in. Tommy said all his goods are rigorously tested – the message bag is sturdy and will carry your bottles of wine home from the shops without bursting. Happy days!

Fortune Favours The Brave

Fortune Favours The Brave

Selling lots of cool fashion accessories to appeal to the discerning vintage girl about town is DanYell. On display were cool wooden brooches, handpainted in quirky designs of teacups and teapots, as well as gorgeous designed scarves and greeting cards. A perfect stop to find an unusual and affordable gift. Danielle who runs DanYell juggles a full time job while building up her business.

DanYell

DanYell

Full time artist Marcus Raynal Hislop runs the Notorious Gasoline Company. On display was a selection of his works of art, cool pieces of iconic people and everyone from Johnny Cash and Steve McQueen to David Bowie.

Notorious Gasoline Company

Notorious Gasoline Company

Pieces of jewellery are always welcome gifts or for a treat for yourself. The Eleanor Barron Collection comprises beautiful handmade pieces and a special flair for wedding accessories. Feather fascinators can be dyed to order, while you can order your own personalized rings, cufflinks and tiaras. But her wares are not just for weddings, there was lots of beautiful everyday jewellery on display too and all at affordable prices.

Eleanor Barron Collection

Eleanor Barron Collection

And from the smallest ring to the larger items, Glasgow Furniture Collective, sell gorgeous pieces for your home and perfect if you are looking for something that little bit different.

Glasgow Furniture Collective

Glasgow Furniture Collective

Made In Glasgow is an exciting new venture and this was just a small selection of what you can expect to find online. There are lots of other creative people on board and the list is steadily growing.

Mugs by TenTen

Mugs by TenTen

Meanwhile enterprising Robert has lots of exciting plans ahead, which include an accompanying magazine and further events.

And if all of this has whet your whistle, get out and browse at the edgy craft sale Gin in Teacups. It’s run by vintage queens Laurie Macmillan and Sarah Lawson, and is back this weekend. See details below.

Happy shopping!

Made In Glasgow website

Link to feature on STV Website

Gin in Teacups Facebook link

Gin in Teacups: The Arches, Glasgow. Saturday, April 6, 12noon – 5pm

All photos courtesy of Liam Dickson Photography.  Liam Dickson Photography

Wonky Woolies

Wonky Woolies

Fortune Favours The Brave

Fortune Favours The Brave

BrawBits

BrawBits

Eleanor Barron Collection

Eleanor Barron Collection

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