For consumers who love home-made crafts, Cherry Pedlar has moved her store Colourful Things Gift Shop a few doors down on Dunlo Street. The new larger store stocks design, and unique products by artists and crafters from the area. Currently the store stocks stunning bespoke hand-crafted items from 14 local crafters.
Owner, Cherry Mullins, is a Clare native originally, but is no stranger to the town of Ballinasloe. Since marrying her husband Aidan and moving to Kilconnell, Cherry successfully held two separate Christmas Pop-Up shops on Society Street. Before opening her store in 2019.
Cindy Byrnes is one of the crafters that sells her pieces in the store. She lives in a small village near Killimor, and Colourful Things is the only shop you can purchase her crafts in. She currently up styles old furniture. This involves collecting old furniture and repainting and upholstering them, bringing the furniture back to life. Cindy has been crafting all her life but only began selling them in 2017.
“People look for quality crafts which looks like they can see in their home and something that is a little bit different, quirky, and colourful. There has been an increase in interest in my designs since Covid; as people are more aware of recycling and re-using products”, explains Cindy.
If people are interested in purchasing any of this furniture, they can buy it in Colourful Things or on her Facebook and Instagram pages “Vintage Design by Cindy”. She also does commission pieces as well.
Cindy’s work had been in Cherry’s first shop, and she is still stocked in the new store. She found out about the store as she used to shop in it and when she saw a Facebook post by Cherry, they met and decided to work together.
Kasia Kucharska is another artist who sells her work in Cherry’s store. For now, the shop is the only place where you can buy her earrings with different charms but she plans to set up a website in the future. She is from just outside Ballinasloe. She was always a creative person and loved making colourful things, this attracted her to crafting.
She believes that the more colourful and sparkly an item is the more it stands out to people. Post Pandemic she has had more of an interest in her crafts as she had more time to think about it and plan her designs. Kasia has only started stocking in Cherry’s store this year.
She heard about the store through a friend. Once she found out, she thought it could be a good way to make money from her crafts. She has been working on her jewellery craft for two years.
This shop is an ideal place to get thoughtful, home-made Christmas presents while also supporting local crafters.
egular Opening hours are Daily apart from Wednesdays and Sundays from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.
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