Oxford Etsy will be opening their first ever pop-up shop in Bury Street, Abingdon on 4 November.
The team, set up by Christina O’Hare, who runs her own business – Christina Made It, are set to move in the middle of the town and sell their unique items during the run up to Christmas.
The success comes after the Vale of White Horse District Council’s recently launched Independent Shops Project – an initiative which enlisted the help of Iain Nicholson, a town centre specialist. The scheme helps small businesses to fill empty units in the town by creating pop-up shops and also allows retailers to rent premises on a temporary basis to ‘test the waters’ before committing to a permanent location in the town.
Oxford Etsy will have an extensive range of handmade and vintage items perfect for Christmas gifts with jewellery, illustrations and screen prints, wooden pieces and drawings, candles, greetings cards, children’s clothing, furniture, leather belts and handbags, accessories and home decorations for sale.
Councillor Mike Murray, Cabinet member for economic development said, “The project is already having a positive impact to the town centre and we welcome the Oxford Etsy Team and wish them every success for the future.”
Christina said, “I set up the Oxford Etsy Team and following on from such a great response, I soon realised there was a high demand for a retail outlet.”
She added, “I contacted Iain who helped me enormously by explaining the process and putting us in contact with the landlords. Everything has happened really quickly since signing the lease and we’ve been really grateful to our members who have donated pieces of furniture and display equipment for our new venture.”
The new shop will be open from 10am – 5.30pm six days a week (closed on Mondays) and will be at 34 Bury Street from 4 November to 17 December.
You can also follow the teams progress on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oxfordetsyteam