It seems that ‘that time of year‘ has come around all too soon.  Where did the year go?

I had always planned to visit The Festive Gift Fair again this year, the tickets from a colleague were a bonus surprise :-)   I took the opportunity to visit with my Mum.

Once again the trains there and back were painless, but the show seemed to be a bit more commercialised and many of the stalls sold the same sort of things, most notably scarves, jewellery and charities etc

The stalls that used to house unique and individual crafts and craftsmanship seem to have vanished in favour of more standard items.

Maybe I need to search them out on line…

PS:  At this time of year I have  many fond memories of my Dad

8 Comments CherryPie on Nov 20th 2011

8 Responses to “Festive Gift Fair”

  1. Ach I have done absolutely nothing for Xmas this year.

  2. jameshigham says:

    Those memories of fathers and the like do keep us going at times.

    • CherryPie says:

      The memories of my Dad will sustain me always. In some ways we are one and the same, although we are quite different.

      There is more to be said on that thought, but I will leave it there :-)

  3. liz says:

    Unfortunately – for local shops – online seems to be the way forward. Most of my shopping seems to be done either online or in Sainsburys!

    • CherryPie says:

      The local shops don’t give any advantage over online. This show provided very little that I could purchase online or in my local shop.

      There were a few special stalls. The show used to be mostly special stalls.

      I suppose the problem with the economy has made it non-viable for those small self sustaining companies that provide unique and interesting items.

  4. J_on_tour says:

    I haven’t started yet. I’m meant to meet someone in Leeds City centre on Saturday and I may gain some inspiration to buy from that trip. Tickets arrived for a charter rail trip to Lincoln Christmas market for the following friday.