I like guest posts, it gives me an idea of what people are into and helps me meet some lovely new people! Keeley, aka SparkledPixie on Twitter, has her own blog at Phatcupcake and offered to write a piece for me…so enjoy!
The Manchester Markets at Christmas are always a sight to behold, rammed full of people in the festive spirit eating and drinking the fabulous European wares. But how many would think to stop here for fashion accessories? If you needed a beautiful statement necklace to go with that Christmas party dress or a matching pair of earrings you are more likely to hit the regular high street stores but we have found somewhere else for you to try…
Nova Jewellery are currently occupying a prime spot on the Albert Square section of the markets (first stall on the left hand side if entering the market from Princess Street) and have standard faux fur scarves and head bands. They are pretty if that is what you are looking for. But what is different about this stall is where the goods are from.
The owner of Nova is Moroccan, travelling throughout Europe looking for unique, good quality, affordable pieces. The beautiful multi-coloured stone fashion ring was out of stock in the size I needed (damn my small fingers) and I was advised it had been sourced from Paris. There were also some small beaded bags from India that were lovely for teenagers and many were buying these as well as single strand friendship bracelets. The most popular item on sale was a scarf, not your regular scarf though. One adorned with giant charms making it into more of a necklace and statement piece. Ever since I first saw these at the Nova stall I have seen women wearing them everywhere, the best example being at the Bridgewater Hall where a lady was wearing it with a simple black vest and pair of jeans. Very striking indeed.
I love the quirky owl necklace and earring sets but, not having pierced ears myself, they were a bit wasted on me. I did, however, invest in a pretty silver necklace featuring a large sparkly ball. At £9.50 I found this a bargain especially on a market where a hot dog will set you back £4.50!
The staff are friendly, don’t be fooled by the mannequin head with diamante eyes. They don’t really follow you around the market
If you don’t get chance to pop by before the markets close, never fear. You can catch them online too. Their stock changes regularly to keep up to date with latest trends so you can always find something not just affordable but fashionable. Give them a go next time you are after a unique gift for a female friend or relative.