Pencil This In // Christmas Pop Ups

There has been NO shortage of shopping opportunities over the last month and a half. Since Bits and Pieces kicked things off in November, every time you turn, there has been a pop up sale or market.

I’m not complaining, of course. Christmas markets are, for me, where all of this began. My first trip to any local market of that kind was Chez Nous back in 2011, I think, when they were still up at Knightsbridge. It’s where I bought my first pair of Denise Hendrie earrings, my first 1ndividual tee and a gift set from Immortelle Beauty.

The Christmas markets continue over the next few weeks – Upmarket happens this Sunday at Woodbrook Youth facility, and again next week Sunday at Country Club.

However, there are two events I am particularly looking forward to over the course of the next two weeks.

The first actually begins today. It’s Janice Derrick’s Christmas Open Studio, and it’s taking place at the jeweller’s studio in Cascade.


Janice will of course have her exquisite jewellery available, and she’ll be joined by Lend & Borough (I first met Melissa at last year’s studio…and let’s just say my love affair with her bags has been quite healthy since), Jade Drakes jewellery (available today only), Richard Hubbard, Sew Lisa and Adam Williams Ceramics (Saturday only).

The Open Studio happens today from 4pm to 9pm and again tomorrow from 10am to 6pm.

If you’re still on the hunt for something wonderful for yourself or a loved one for Christmas (or just because it’s the weekend) I strongly suggest you find your way to this event.

The next pop up I’m super excited about is Desperate Gifts, hosted at Propaganda Space, Belmont.


Desperate Gifts is the brainchild of Robert Young from The Cloth and it runs from December 18th to January 3rd (the timing, as you can guess, is an apt reflection of the name…surely desperation starts setting in once this rolls around right?).

Thankfully anything you buy at this event won’t reek of a last minute rush. How could it when the items on sale, no doubt, were carefully and meticulously crafted?

Literally anything you buy here will be a hit:

Items from The Cloth, of course.



You can also shop Dappered by Mark Eastman, Lisa’s Fabrics, Brianna McCarthy…even the elusive Hak Gwai will be making an appearance!

These are just a few of the sellers who’ll be at Desperate Gifts though, so be sure to drop in and take it all in.

So that’s it for me. Once I hit these two markets I should be completely DONE with Christmas shopping. Technically I’m already done but I’m one of those people who keeps buying when I shouldn’t. Oh well. No one complains 😀


Happy shopping!


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