Urmston Market at Christmas

Urmston Market's Christmas Fair takes place this Saturday.

Urmston Market’s Christmas Fair takes place this Saturday.

Along with raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens, Urmston Market’s Christmas Fair is one of my favourite things. This Saturday the market will be bursting with colourful, beautiful, useful things.  As well as festive food and drink, there will be finely-crafted giftware, wreaths and decorations (including large, pot-grown Christmas trees) and all the trimmings you need for Christmas.

Live music will provide an ambient yuletide vibe and the event poster promises ‘festive friends’, so if you do go down to Urmston Market’s Christmas fair, listen out for the jingling of bells and keep an eye on the sky …

Urmston Market is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with an Artisan Special on the first Saturday of every month and and Vintage and Crafts market on the last Saturday of every month.  It’s a stone’s throw from Urmston train station and the bus stop (numbers 15, 22, 23, 255, 276, 278 and very probably some more).  You can park in Eden Square car park at M41 0NA if you’re driving.

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Urmston Market Summer Fair on 9th August 2014

This coming Saturday sees Urmston Market throw its popular summer fair and this year’s event promises to be full of fun for everyone.  Alongside all the usual useful stalls such as Barnes’ fruit and veg, the flower stall, the electrical stall and the haberdashery, there will also be craft, gift and vintage delights on sale.   Let’s not forget the cakes and other scrumptious treats either.

If you get there between 11 and 2pm you can enjoy a FREE magic show as well as various other performances from talented local entertainers.  The bouncy castle will be there all day.  If you are a trader, a musician, a dancer or a provider of family activities, Urmston Market would like to hear from you on 07739 171211 or email urmstonmarket@gmail.com.  Hurry, though: this event is very sought-after.

As ever, Urmston Market can be found on Railway Road, just off Urmston’s main crossroads.  If coming from further afield, the market is a stone’s throw from Urmston train station, or you can take the following buses: 15, 22, 23, 255, 276 or 278.  Get off near Sainsbury’s and the market is a mere hop, skip and a jump away.  You can also park at Eden Square (the big car park is next to Sainsbury’s at M41 0NA).

Urmston Market: some dates for your diary

Craft and Vintage on the last Saturday of every month at Urmston Market – photo courtesy of Urmston Market

Urmston Market is undergoing a remarkable renaissance this spring with many new events and stalls as well as all the excellent regulars.

Following last month’s promising debut, the Vintage and Crafts market will now run on the last Saturday of every month.

Spring Fair at Urmston Market on 12th April – photo courtesy of Urmston Market.

On Saturday 12th April, Urmston Market is holding a spectacular Spring Fair which promises an array of treasures, treats and live music.

Urmston Market will host an artisan market on the first Saturday of every month – beginning May 3rd. Photo courtesy of Urmston Market.

Finally, beginning in May, the first Saturday of every month will see Urmston Market hosting an artisan market.

Would you like to book a stall at one of these events?  It costs just £12, so make contact quickly before they are all booked.

Craft and Vintage at Urmston Market – What to Expect

Urmston Market’s Craft and Vintage event this Saturday (22nd February) promises dozens of stalls brim full  of fresh, home made food, handmade crafts and unique vintage pieces, as well as all the regular, useful stalls.  Here is a rundown of some of the stalls taking part in the event.

Photo courtesy of Buckley and Blythe.

Photo courtesy of Buckley and Blythe.

Buckley and Blythe – Embroidery hoop wall art using a mix of vintage and modern fabrics, hand and machine embroidery, vintage buttons and lace.

Barnes' fruit stall has been on Urmston Market for three generations.

Barnes’ fruit stall has been on Urmston Market for three generations.

Barnes’ fruit and vegetables – the Barnes family have been selling fresh fruit and vegetables on Urmston Market for three generations.

Photo courtesy of Moorish Baking.

Photo courtesy of Moorish Baking.

Mooreish Baking – delicious cupcakes, brownies and other baked goods.

Do Well Picture Framing has been on Urmston Market for six years.

Do Well Picture Framing has been on Urmston Market for six years.

Do Well Picture Framing – expert framing, keenly priced.

Image courtesy of Pat & Peg.

Image courtesy of Pat & Peg.

Image courtesy of Pat & Peg.

Image courtesy of Pat & Peg.

Pat and Peg – Handmade bags and jewellery from British designers.

Photo courtesy of Mrs M Vintage.

Photo courtesy of Mrs M Vintage.

Mrs M Vintage – eclectic vintage discoveries – satellite stall from Mrs M’s shop on Flixton Road.

Photo courtesy of Sweetie Trees by Carol.

Photo courtesy of Sweetie Trees by Carol.

Sweetie Trees by Carol – sweetie trees, bagged sweets and pick ‘n’ mix.

Photo courtesy of No Retro.

Photo courtesy of No Retro.

No retro – Super quality, new & unique designer clothing at second hand prices.

Budget Baby Boutique – pre-loved  baby clothing in pristine condition.

Photo courtesy of Molly's Tree House Dolls.

Photo courtesy of Molly’s Tree House Dolls.

Molly’s Tree House Dolls – Hand made with love, Waldorf style dolls, each individually crafted with 100% natural fabrics, stuffed with Yorkshire wool and a sprinkling of magic.

May the force be with Steve's DVDs (and more) on Urmston Market.

May the force be with Steve’s DVDs (and more) on Urmston Market.

Steve’s DVDs – The force is strong with Steve’s (mostly sci-fi) DVDs and board games.

There are plans to make the Vintage and Craft Market a monthly event, so please do visit and support it.  Urmston Market runs every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.  Stalls cost just £12 per day –  get in touch with them to book.

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Urmston Market: Vintage, Crafts and Traditional Stalls

Urmston's friendly market tuns on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Photo courtesy of Urmston Market.

Urmston’s friendly market runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Photo courtesy of Urmston Market.

Urmston Market has many fans: of the emails and comments Urmston Independents receives, the market is the number one topic. People in Urmston love the market but there’s no doubt that the drop-off in stallholders and reduction in footfall over recent years has resulted in a catch 22 situation that has, at times, threatened the market’s very survival.

So what is new for Urmston Market in 2014?

Firstly, the market will be running a Vintage and Crafts market on Saturday, 22nd February 2014.  With plans to run the event monthly it’s hoped that the vintage and crafts angle will draw in new customers as well as those old customers who haven’t been down to Urmston Market for a while.

If you are a vintage or craft fan planning to come from outside Urmston for the market’s Vintage and Craft fair, do visit Mrs M Vintage on Flixton Road as well – you won’t be disappointed.

Urmston Market's first vintage and crafts market will run on Saturday, 22nd February 2014.

Urmston Market’s first vintage and crafts market will run on Saturday, 22nd February 2014.  Photo courtesy of Urmston Market.

Urmston Market needs YOU on Facebook and Twitter

If you are on Facebook and/ or Twitter you can now show your affection for Urmston Market and spread the word about their upcoming projects.  Whether you are socially networked or reliant on carrier pigeons, do let people know that Urmston Market is on the up.

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Barnes' fruit stall has been on Urmston Market for three generations.

Barnes’ fruit stall has been on Urmston Market for three generations.

All the market’s regular stalls will still be running on the 22nd, so you can still buy some lucious fruit from Barnes’, a splendid bouquet from the florist or some spare parts for your washing machine or vacuum cleaner from Appliance Spares (because even your washing machine deserves a little treat from time to time!).

Life is Sweet in Urmston: Candy Stripes Sweet Shop on Flixton Road

Sandra the sweet lady from Candy Stripes sweet shop.

Sandra the sweet lady from Candy Stripes sweet shop.

This is Sandra from Candy Stripes Sweet Shop, which recently opened on Flixton Road, Urmston.  Sandra traded from Urmston Market for a long time but took the decision to open her own shop due to demand from customers.

Sandra’s lovely little shop is situated just a stone’s throw from the wool shop (HMK Wools) and more or less opposite Nikki and Co.  As you can see, she stocks a huge range – the above photo is only a fraction of the sugary treats crammed onto Candy Stripe‘s shelves.

Just a fraction of the range at Candy Stripes Sweet Shop on Flixton Road, Urmston.

Just a fraction of the range at Candy Stripes Sweet Shop on Flixton Road, Urmston.

As well as jarred sweets, Candy Stripes boasts a pick’n’mic section and a slush puppy machine.  Sandra also stocks diabetic-friendly sugar-free sweets and chocolate and most of her sweets are vegetarian.

Candy Stripes Sweets recently moved from Urmston Market to a permanent shop on Flixton Road.

Candy Stripes Sweets recently moved from Urmston Market to a permanent shop on Flixton Road.

Small towns thrive when small, specialist shops like Candy Stripes Sweet Shop are supported by the local community, so pop in next time you’re passing or make a special trip and treat yourself to something sweet.

Use it or lose it …

I haven’t the talent to say what follows any more eloquently than the articles I have linked to, but I do recommend you read on …

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Use this on Facebook to spread the word about Urmston Independents.

The first is a poignant description from Manchester Confidential of Stretford Mall in what is described as its dying days.

The second is a more positive piece from last Saturday’s Guardian giving Seven Reasons to Shop Local.

Some striking quotes from the article:

“Clare Rayner of Retail Champion says: “Christmas sales can account for between a third and nearly two-thirds of a retailer’s annual turnover. A bad Christmas can mark disaster for a small business. Sadly, it really is a case of ‘use it or lose it’.””

and

“Research on spending by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.”

If you think the demise of independent shops won’t affect you, think again, because:

“High streets populated with thriving independent businesses boost the prices of nearby homes, according to a recent study. The research by American Express found that house prices near a prosperous town centre have risen by an average of £40,000 more over the past decade than other properties.”

Please read the articles and if they inspire you to shop indie more often, you could make a note of Urmston Market’s Christmas Fair this Saturday, 14th December.  With everything from artisan jams to festive wreaths, Christmas jumpers, crafts, sweet treats and gorgeous homewares, it has a lot to offer and it needs our support.