Stallholder Focus: Shop at the Old Fire Station
The Independent Oxford Christmas Market is back this year on 2nd December at Turl Street Kitchen in Oxford, just under a month away! We’ve got 18 exciting stallholders for you this year, who we will be catching up with on the blog, ahead of the market on 2nd December.
Today we’re talking to Harriet from the Shop at the Old Fire Station.
Tell us about the shop.
Shop at the Old Fire Station is a cheerful, cheeky and colourful lifestyle shop, selling quirky, feelgood gifts including jewellery, homewares, textiles, prints and stationery. All our goods are designed or made by UK indie designer-makers or small businesses. We’re part of Arts at the Old Fire Station on George Street: an arts centre which puts on various events for the public, and we also share our building with the homelessness charity Crisis, who have a training centre here, providing classes and other support. All our profits go back into our charity work, supporting artists of all kinds (including theatre, music, visual arts, dance and comedy) and working with Crisis, to provide training and volunteering opportunities as well as special collaborative projects such as the Hidden Spire theatre show.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your role and what you enjoy most about your job.
I am the Shop Coordinator here, which means I deal with all things stock and marketing, pretty much everything apart from rotas and staffing! My role can be quite varied from day to day, it can involve a lot of admin with ordering and getting stock out onto the shop floor, but can also be very creative, such as designing and creating a Christmas Gift Guide which I’ve just finished. The things I love most about my job have to be the products and people- I am a complete magpie and am always excited when new stock arrives, and likewise I love it when I go to trade fairs or markets and meet our makers, they’re a lovely bunch of people.
Describe the gifts you will be selling at the Independent Oxford Christmas Market.
We will be bringing along a wide selection of our bestselling products, including Wolf & Moon jewellery, enamel pins, notebooks and handmade chocolate from Creighton’s Chocolaterie in Leighton Buzzard. We should have something to cover most budgets, from pocket money friendly £4.50 plant animals to statement jewellery pieces costing around £30.
What’s your favourite product in the range?
I think it has to be the new nude and rude items from ARK Colour Design! There’s a range of leather items, from keyrings to my personal favourite- the tattooed nudey bookmark! One side is a naked man or woman and the other is covered in tattoos. They come in a whole rainbow of colours and would make a great stocking filler!
Lastly, what are your favourite indies in Oxford?
I am personally a huge fan of Nothing in the Covered Market- as a lover of all things jewellery, it is the perfect place for me! Barefoot Kitchen is always a favourite for the most amazing cakes and brownies and I love a rainy afternoon spent at Thirsty Meeples playing board games.