Rosie Johnson Illustrates
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Black Friday, Schhhmack Friday

Ding Dong Merrily on High, my beauties. I don't know about you, but I am literally riven with angels singing. Verily. 

Need to get something off my festive bosom so I'll forego the small talk, if you don't mind. 

Black Friday. Now, unless you're in the market for a massive telly or a tumble dryer or something, I'm going to ask you to do me a solid. PLEASE, pretty please, spend some of those pennies, that you might otherwise line the pockets of Mr Amazon or Mrs John Lewis with, at an Independent Retailer. There's an oft-used meme about small businesses doing a little happy dance every time you buy something from them. It's oft-used because it is entirely accurate. We make our living from people choosing us over the big guys.  

The great thing is, you don't have to do this as an act of charity. In return for your hard earned cash we can give you what some of the larger companies cannot: originality, attention to detail, craftsmanship/womanship and great, personal customer service. We can't compete with the big discounts but that's because our margins are tiny and we don't rip you off the rest of the year! 

There is a really excellent campaign called Just a Card, run by creative folk, who aim to promote independent makers and show the difference you can make by making the conscious choice to shop small. They have come up with an alternative Black Friday event called Indie Friday over on Instagram. If you search for the hashtag JACIndieFriday tomorrow (24th November) you will find a whole host of wonderful Independent creative types, showing you their wares. We might just solve all your Christmas present conundrums in one go. And you can feel smug in the knowledge that you will have helped keep a business going. Does it get much more Christmas spirit-y than that? 

If you want to buy stuff from me- hooray! You can do so on the newly revamped shop online or at any of these upcoming markets.

     Paper Phoenix Art Market   Saturday 2nd December 10.30am- 4pm  Based at Exeter's fabulous arts centre, The Phoenix. Come and browse the wares of Devon's finest. And me.   

 

Paper Phoenix Art Market

Saturday 2nd December 10.30am- 4pm

Based at Exeter's fabulous arts centre, The Phoenix. Come and browse the wares of Devon's finest. And me.

 

  Christmas Indulgence Evening   Thursday 7th December, from 7pm  Food, drink, lovely stalls, pampering and a raffle.  Topsham, Devon Matthews Hall in aid of the RD+E Midwives

Christmas Indulgence Evening

Thursday 7th December, from 7pm

Food, drink, lovely stalls, pampering and a raffle.

Topsham, Devon Matthews Hall in aid of the RD+E Midwives

 The Oddfellows Makers Market  At the Oddfellows bar, Exmouth 12pm - 5pm  Food, drink, DJ, meet the makers of some gorgeous goods. Get your Christmas shopping done at the pub. Result.

The Oddfellows Makers Market

At the Oddfellows bar, Exmouth 12pm - 5pm

Food, drink, DJ, meet the makers of some gorgeous goods. Get your Christmas shopping done at the pub. Result.

  The Beach Christmas Craft Fair   12pm-6pm Come and enjoy festive food, drink and crafts.  Santa by the sea at the lovely Beach Pub, Exmouth.  Father Christmas will be in his grotto between 2-4pm

The Beach Christmas Craft Fair

12pm-6pm Come and enjoy festive food, drink and crafts.

Santa by the sea at the lovely Beach Pub, Exmouth.

Father Christmas will be in his grotto between 2-4pm