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King of crafty things

My treasured black coat finally let go of its last button.  But I refused to let go of it – so started a city-wide search for new buttons to resurrect my coat.

I combed through racks  in a large department store, shocked (and offended) to discover a single button was a staggering £6.  It’s simply ridiculous to spend £18 on four buttons.  But in a flash of inspiration, I remembered Remnant Kings .

Remnant Kings rainbow of materialTucked away on the first floor above Frasers at no 7 Buchannan Street is a treasure trove of delights.  Yes you’ll need to climb a lot of stairs to get to the treasure, but it’s worth every step.

Knitters, crafters and dreamers come in

At the top, though the doors, is the Aladdin’s Cave of haberdashery.  Rolls and rolls of material everywhere in a rainbow of colour – stripes, polkadots, trucks, fruit and even a bridal collection with sparkling hues of gold and silver.  Ribbons, cottons in every width, colour and sheen you can imagine – and some you can’t or shouldn’t.  There’s even crafter kits to get you started on your next project.

Buttons galore at Remnant KingsIt’s a knitter’s heaven with balls of wool from floor to ceiling and knitting needles for beginners to experts.

And most importantly (and triumphantly) an enormous selection of buttons – the perfect four for my coat cost a mere £3.70 for the lot.  Success!

Fancy a dress…or cowboy perhaps

Looking around the shop, I discover an unexpected fancy-dress section compete with cowboy hats, feathered masks and even multi-coloured wigs.  Halloween is sorted.

And the staff are incredible – friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer all of my elementary questions about knitting with patience and humour.  So if you’re thinking of brightening up your wardrobe or home, kick starting a creative project or simply need to save a much-loved jacket, Remnant Kings is the answer.

-B

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Silent Sunday – 30 September

Birdwatching Glasgow style …

Bird mannequins in Glasgow

The Little Bird Market with big appeal

Vintage, craft, jewellery, trinket, clothing, cupcake, pretty, lovely, marvellous things heaven. 

Little Bird Market, Glasgow, ScotlandThat is how I would describe the utterly fabulous Little Bird Market at Sloan’s bar off Argyle Street (108 Argyle to be exact). 

I am literally like a kid in a sweet shop – well actually more like a kid in a cake shop because adding to the wonder is Mrs Sloan’s Cake Salon offering the most divine afternoon teas – dainty finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes served on beautiful china.

A treasure trove of local talent

Vintage and handmade clothes, jewellery, bags, accessories, cupcakes, stationery, cards, skincare, homeware and more.  This treasure trove shows off the talents of  local artists and specialises in the kinds of gifts that make people squeal with delight. Even better, it won’t make you shriek with pain because these treasures won’t break the bank.  

jewellery from little bird market, Glagow, Scotland

My fab finds at Little Bird Market

My only warning is that if you’re trying to buy for others – just accept that you can’t help but treat yourself.  It’s simply too good not to.  And at these prices why not.  Less than £ 20 later and I’m the jubilant owner of two fantastic rings (from the delightfully named hand over your fairy cakes), one vintage pearl and metallic broach (from love me again) and a vibrant, hand-crafted flower hair clip (from frayed at the edges).

Get yourself to the next event in November – or regret not going!

So if you haven’t been to the Little Bird Market, go – or regret it forever!   And if you’ve  already been, go again and spread the word.  I’ll certainly go back. 

The next event is happening on Sunday, 13 Nov noon – 5pm at Sloan’s Bar  (1st and 2nd floor) with another two events happening in December on the 4th and 11th, perfect for finishing up Christmas shopping or getting a little something special for yourself!

– T