WHEN I go on holidays one of my favourite things to do apart from work on my tan is to check out the local markets to see what beautiful one of a kind items I can find.
From leather satchels, to pashminas, pretty bangles, necklaces and sandals I have bought so many wonderful things at markets in many different countries. If like me you love walking around vintage or handicraft markets then you will love the Dollybird Bazaar.
The Dollybird Bazaar is held on the first Saturday of each month in Main Street Omagh and has a selection of one of a kind treats from restored handmade furniture, vintage clothing, delicious cupcakes and chocolate to handmade bunting and baby accessories.
Although quite small in size the Dollybird Bazaar has everything you could need to treat not only yourself but the whole family and although it may not be in a hot far away country Main Street has all the charms and buzz you could possibly want for a great day out.
The great thing about the Dollybird Bazaar is that there is something for everyone with just one or two of each type of business so that there is just enough selection and not too much of the same thing. Main Street is an ideal location as you can walk round the Bazaar at your leisure not having to worry about the weather as it is under cover and you can stop off for something to eat and drink in between shopping.
If fashion is your thing you can browse through the rails of vintage fashion from Allis Vintage and Rustic Runway or formal, evening wear and bridal dresses from Dream Dresses.
There is also fabulous handmade and costume jewellery, scarves and handbags from Sperrin Sparkles, Kate’s Krafts and Caroline Mallon.
If you are a fan of home wear and interiors you will love the stunning handmade restored furniture from Dollybird Vintage, kitchenware from Pampered Chef and home interiors from OO Sew Crafty, Handmade by Becky and Baked in Belfast.
If handmade cosmetics are your thing Cowslip Meadow has lots of specialist products for you to pamper yourself with. If you are a foodie you will most definitely be spoilt for choice with all sorts of tasty treats on offer.
Baked in Belfast have tasty chutney’s, jams and relishes on offer as well as quirky handmade dishes, jugs and plates to serve up all your yummy treats. Adele’s cakes were on hand to serve up homemade cupcakes and samples of tasty cakes. Adele always has the wow factor with her displays and adventurous cupcake flavours such as my favourite vodka and coke cupcakes. Altemeyer Chocolates is always a favourite and who could resist the melt in your mouth chocolate treats all hand made locally and believe me if you love chocolate you will not have tasted anything like this.
One thing that surprised me was how many local businesses were taking part and the majority of them were cottage industries.
There are so many hidden gems out there that you just don’t find out about or appreciate until you find them at events like this. As I am a fan of unique and quirky things and things that you don’t get everywhere the Dollybird Bazaar is my idea of heaven.
The last Dolly Bird Bazaar will be held next month on Saturday 7th September at Main Street Omagh.