A total of 13,000 people visited a special “creators market” in Aberdeen over the weekend.
The Aberdeen Etsy Team hosted a Made Local event over the weekend in the Bon Accord Centre, which brought together a range of different north-east creatives showcasing their goods.
The event is supported by Look Again: Visual Art and Design Festival, Gray’s School of Art and Robert Gordon University (RGU).
Hosted to coincide with the festive period, vendors were selling gifts for all the family, from bowls and vases, to jewellery, art prints, embroidery, bags and more.
There was also a wrapping stall where newly bought presents could be professionally wrapped.
Sally Reaper, Look Again director, said: “RGU and Look Again are committed to supporting the creative industries in the north-east and the Christmas markets really showcase how vibrant the sector is.
“In the run up to Christmas, the public will have the chance to sample and buy some of the amazing, artisan products on offer, as well as checking out the creative collections of the region’s best crafters and makers – perfect for Christmas gift ideas.”
The 13,000 visitors at the weekend brought the total number of people who have visited the pop-up unit up to a whopping 23,000 since it opened.
The Look Again team praised the effort, and said the power of shopping local and support of local businesses meant that 23,000 people visited a unit that otherwise would have lain empty.
In a statement posted on social media, the Aberdeen Etsy Team said: “Feel a little bit proud that your shopping choices this weekend kept many thousands of pounds in the local economy.
“This is especially worthwhile during a time where it’s becoming increasingly important to be mindful of the environment and more ethical in our shopping habits.”
This weekend there will be another Christmas Collective event which will see vendors from the Fine market and Etsy sellers come together.