Earlier this year, we attended the Baby Loved Family event at the People’s Production Lab on Canon Street, Preston. To see the post I did on my first visit to the event, click here.
This time, I returned, not just as a blogger, but also as a trader for my indie business, Bramble Wax.
We had a really good time on our little pop up shop. We got to see lots of new and old faces and we had a lovely little space in the middle of the room. The layout is always well thought out at these events, with all the traders easily accessible. There were some stalls that returned and some first-timers – including myself! All-in-all, I had a blast being part of it.
As I’ve covered the event before, this time I will focus on sharing my experience as a trader at the event rather than a customer. That way I won’t be repeating myself, as a lot of the great activities that were there in April 2019 made a return this time around.
So I’ll start by talking about the amazing local businesses that participated in the event (in no particular order). First off is Fightypants, who design, produce and sell a range of cards, badges, keyrings and bracelets. But also, something I found really uplifting was the “Chemo Cup” – a flask designed to make going through chemotherapy treatment “ever so slightly easier with a nice hot cuppa” And on top of all that she was one cool mama.
Directly across from us was the amazing Hatch. Not only did the stall look incredible, but the range of super-cute outdoor gear for children on offer was such a good idea. Too often, walking gear can focus on practicality over style, but Hatch finds that balance between cute designs that kids will love and the waterproof/thermal necessity of outdoor clothing.
There was also Hooked By Jackie, a really talented woman who produces crochet pumpkins, bags, hats, purses and scarves. She also does custom orders. We actually won a purse in the raffle, which was again in aid of Refuge, an amazing organisation which helps men, women and children escape domestic violence and abuse.
Sorcha Sews A lot made a return this time around, with her stylish range of tops, hair bobbles, kids tops and personalised clothing. Once again, she also produced the goodie bag, the colour scheme of which is great for this time of year (autumn). I was of course rocking the “mama” top to this event.
Chanel and Belle was right next to our table and they make the most adorable cute little bows. Everything from your favourite Disney princess to spooky Halloween bows – what ever your child is into they had you covered. We watched lots of little happy customers picking out their hair bows throughout the event. They were lovely ladies too!
Jen Benson ran a Pilates class around halfway through the event and all were welcome to join in. She also had a stall where you could get information and advice from. In which I noticed a lot of people were doing.
Turquioze Strawberry Designs came back with her range of mama denim jackets and dungarees and tops for little people.
She also does things like handmade crowns and wands that are just so adorable.
She always brings something new out and I just love her designs. Really approachable, she is an extremely nice lady who is always willing to help with any requests you may have.
Darling Prints also had a stall with her cute little one helping and I just want to say what a super mummy she was, showing off her wonderful prints, stationary vests and cups. I should also mention we were gifted a gorgeous rainbow print from them which goes great with our home décor. I’ve already found a special home for it!
Producing and selling a variety of bespoke gifts, candles and bath bombs, was Buddleia With Love. Which all smelt amazing when walking into the event and I just wanted to say I loved the set up for her stall.
The beautiful Lucie Cooke returned with her choice of prints, cards, notebooks, teatowels and aprons (both of which I own)! I absolutely love her work and on top of that she is so lovely.
Then we had creative whale that sold cards and nursery prints. I loved her unique style of art and Preston sling that did 1-1 consultancy. This is what I wish I knew about 7 years ago when I was struggling on how to use a baby sling. I find services like this can really help a new mummy out and make her life a tad bit easier. Her stall as you could imagine was filled with lots of laughter and happy mummy’s.
Reading and Beyond was also back, a really lovely idea of encouraging young children to read by allowing them to swap books they don’t want anymore with other books that have been donated. There’s a reading tent for the kids here as well. She also did “glad rags”, where kids could make tutus or capes. Charlie of course made a cape ready for his superhero birthday party later that day. Rachel is really inspiring, running all of these little activities on her own and she is also teacher!
The Baby Sensory play this year was a safari themed activity set, again courtesy of Toddler Sense Preston.
There was a disco wall to selfie against which was put together by Walls in Bloom and as you would imagine I was right in there for my photo opportunity
and the photography at the event was handled by the talented Marina Walker.
Charlie got to enjoy slime making again, this time with Catherine Peters of Mint and Mamma.
On the second floor, of course, was the Perfect Preloved marketplace, a bunch of stalls helping the environment and giving people options for a new wardrobe by recycling used clothes and accessories.
A big thank you to Little Party People for helping me to fit in with the crowd and adorning me with some glitter, even though she was mega busy with all the little ones.
This year, the outdoor food and drink vendors had changed. We were treated to lovely brownies, cakes and confectionary – not to mention delicious coffee – from Brinscall Baker. They were selling “instagramable” £1 cookie monster cupcakes, which went down a treat with all the little sweet tooth’s knocking around.
Also, there was the Tipsy Truck, for those parents that wanted to unwind with a little tipple. They sold a wide variety of reasonably priced beers, ales, spirits and wines to ease the stress of such a busy event. This was a brilliant idea and all the amazing drinks were served with excellent service and a smile. I really hope to see them again at the next event and if not, bump into them at similar events around the region!
As mentioned earlier, this year, I attended the event as a trader. I set up my stall for Bramble Wax, my side-business selling luxurious wax melts, hand made in the heart of the Lake District. Seeing the event from this perspective gave me a completely different insight into Baby Loved Family. So much care, work and organisation goes into putting these events together, getting all the business and bloggers involved and setting up the venue.
I was offering a range of wax melt clamshells, wax burner gift sets and a huge selection of mix and match single melts. I produced fragrances such as “Hinchy” Fresh Linen, dupes of Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million and Chanel’s No. 5 and floral fragrances such as Ylang-Ylang and Lavender. I also made some spiced fragrances, perfect for this time of year.
I was so nervous about the event. I knew how much competition I had in terms of making my stall look good and stand out against so many amazing vendors. In the end, it was a very educational experience. I learnt so much about making a success of my stall and made so many connections and new friends through doing it. I got to speak to the other vendors in a way which I felt as though I couldn’t as a blogger.
My stall was in a very central spot and I had lots of people looking and testing the fragrances, getting a sense of the business and what it’s all about. Towards the end, I offered out a few samples to people.
This was the first time I had ever done anything like this and in the end I had a wonderful time sharing my business with people and experiencing the Baby Loved Family Funhouse again, this time from the other side of the table.
A big thank you to the People’s Production Lab who host the event and of course, stylish mum of two Helen for bringing everything together and making this event possible. She’s a lovely woman and always very supportive in any way she can be. She’s really left her mark in Preston.
Another BG approved event and definitely help this brilliant coming together of people and businesses by grabbing yourself a ticket for the next one!