Buy local!

I shop. More than I should. On top of that, I also shop online, because the shopping scene in Singapore isn't all that exciting in the first place.

But I've been shopping a little closer to home lately. Today, for instance, I picked up my new pair of earrings from Abigael The Beading Lady ---

Image from Abigael The Beading Lady.

--- who happens to not only be a friend, but also a most excellent bead jewellery designer!

And I meant to blog two weeks ago (yes, procrastinated again) about MAAD, a bazaar-style showcase of local designers' work in the airconditioned comfort of red dot design museum. Besides the usual bits of jewellery and accessories, there was the highly tempting Catmasutra artwork by Paul & Mysh, eeshaun's Gardensilly sketches, customised and extremely stylish bicycles by Shaun and iPod skins from Shuffleart.

My personal favourite, of course, was Baked Ideas' pretty lampshades and journals. Okay, yes, again, she's a friend, but where else can one get such attractive blank books locally?

Clearly, I'm going to do all my gift shopping locally from now onwards.

Edited to add: JellyGirl has good leads for local jewellery designers.


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At 7/14/2006 12:10 pm , Blogger stellou said...

Eh I tell you! Some more if you pretend you live in London, you can divide everything by three and say "Wah, so cheap!"

I had a friend once - cousin, really - who made jewellery for sale, and once I borrowed a pair of dangly ones, with a pink star on the end, and I felt like a rock star all night. Then I gave them back. Happily, I didn't turn into a pumpkin.

At 7/14/2006 12:18 pm , Blogger avalon said...

Take pictures and post leh, of the things you bought.

At 7/16/2006 10:22 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice! I wish I had learnt about MAAD earlier. :(

At 7/16/2006 10:23 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wish I had known about MAAD earlier so I could have gone. :(

At 7/16/2006 11:41 pm , Blogger Tym said...

stellou > You still have time to read my blog!! And leave comments!

avalon > Er ... the pic of the earrings is already on Abigael the Beading Lady's site; ditto the journals on Baked Ideas...

piper > Fret not! Unlike most other bazaar-type sales in Singapore, MAAD is happening every Sunday (for as long as they can keep things going, I guess), so there's always next weekend.

At 7/18/2006 4:32 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey tym! Thanks for the link!
Hope you're enjoying the journals.

MAAD is on every weekend, but not all the stalls will be there every weekend, me thinks.

Best to check with the respective stall owners before trudging down.

At 9/12/2006 10:49 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm i exhibited my ipoor t-shirt there, but sold nothing...also there were not a lot of booths too. A slow week perhaps.


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