Story #3 – Gimme That Thing – A jewelery designer’s pop-up journey
Amanda Robins doesn’t take no for an answer. She designs jewellery in Manchester, and was trading on Etsy and at local artisan markets. A pop up shop would offer Ms. Robins and fellow artisans to an opportunity to showcase their work, and meet new customers. The process was not easy, and she discovered a variety of friction points along the way.
In the end, her entrepreneurial spirit won out and Handmade Local became one of Manchester’s first pop-up shops. The success of Handmade Local also helped a letting agent secure a long-term tenant for a property which had sat vacant for over a year…
“This March, I ran my own pop up shop, Handmade Local, in Didsbury, Manchester and included the creations of over twenty local artists / designers. I stocked fine art, ceramics, handknitted fashion, retro baby clothes, soaps, lotions and potions, cards, fibre art, craft kits, quirky soft toys and a whole heap more.
“It was open for 5 weeks, a couple weeks longer than I was looking for, but this was the shortest time that the landlord would rent the premises for. A difficult thing for me as the organiser was to find shop contents insurance for that short period. I ended up being covered by a company who specialise in artists’ cover.
Two days before the Handmade Local pop up shop opened:
“This is the shop once it had been dressed:
“The most difficult aspect of this venture was actually finding premises. Pop up shops are practically unheard of in this area and it took me a year to find a landlord or estate agent who was willing to accommodate me. None of them would let premises for less than three years. My shop, which had laid empty for over a year, was viewed via the agent while it was in my hands and consequently it is now being rented out on a long-term lease.
“As a jewellery designer I was able to sell my own items and promote the artisan markets that I take part in each month. I now have several repeat customers from the strength of running Handmade Local.”
Gimme That Thing