Autumn Fair 2017

This past weekend was the annual Autumn Fair at the NEC in Birmingham and it had been a couple of years since I last went, usually because of rota commitments but self employment has allowed me to manage my own time and I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Monday! I went with my good friend Anna and a new friend Isobel, both designers and crafty ladies so together we ventured off in search of inspiration.

The Autumn Fair isn't somewhere the public can go to buy things; it's a trade show and more of a place for buyers to go and view new and upcoming products, collections and meet face to face with the brand. For someone like me, it's a brilliant place to go to see what's trending right now within the gifts, stationery and home ware industries and if you're a creative, you can get a free ticket to the event. It's also one of the best places to be to meet new people and do some market research. 

Unfortunately there were a few strict no camera policies lurking around but I tried my best to capture some beautiful new products and asked some of the brands directly if they'd mind. I met up with Sass and Belle and had a much needed Slush Puppy with them, wondered around their new collection and spotted some old favourites (it's one of my favourite online gift shops!) and I also discovered some new brands which I fell completely in love with.

unicorn gift

bombay duck


unicorn gifts

cloud nine


I met the gorgeous Libby from Rattycatcat, who specialises in lino print goods and has an awesome range of handprinted cards, notebooks, scrapbooks and other stationery bits and pieces. The fabulous Prima Makeup which I will have an entire post dedicated to next time with a first impressions and unboxing after they very kindly gifted me one of their glitter palettes which I am super excited about, along with brands like Cloud Nine, Candypop and House of Disaster. Annoying as it is that you're unable to actually buy something if it takes your fancy (minimum order and bulk buys only) it really is one of the best places to discover new brands, connect with them and leave feeling really refreshed, inspired and motivated, so definitely bare these kinds of events in mind if you're feeling a bit flat and out of the loop in the design world!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh this looks like such a fun day out, so many gorgeous products in those photos! That's a shame about it being bulk buying etc, but as you say, if you can take away motivation and inspiration then it's definitely worth it!
    Hels xx

    1. It's so much fun, a shame you can't grab the odd gift in the lead up to Christmas but I made a note of my favourite brands so I can return to them as a customer :) x x

  2. I wish I could go there, it seems to have really nice things!
    Kiss x

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    1. Absolutely, if you get a chance do it! x x

  3. Oh wow I love all the goodies! :D


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