Harbour Arm marketplace – accessories and clothing
Folkestone Harbour Arm Marketplace operates from April to September. There are 35 huts full of independent makers, creators and producers of unique products. Here’s just a taster of what you can expect when you visit from 11am to 6pm on weekends and bank holidays from traders focusing on accessories and clothing.
Cally and Ben are part of the East Cliff Creative team sharing cabins at the Marketplace. Ben is an artist and you can find out more about his work on the Harbour Arm Marketplace – Homeware page. Cally is a creative making jewellery, bags and other accessories and clothing.
“I came down to Folkestone 8 years ago to sort out my gran’s house and I’ve never left! I met Ben through the East Cliff Creatives group and we have had stalls on the Station market through the summer. Last Christmas we decided to take a hut together and see what would happen and it was so much fun! I think what makes it for me is being with the other stall holders. They’re really supportive and happy, and that translates to the customers too.
“I’ll be selling fingerless mittens which were very popular last year; my record bags are also back. This year, as well as singles I’ve made some album bags too. I then have a whole variety of jewellery from enamel, silver, recycled copper, aluminum and rubber creations.”
silver by the sea
Sam and Jas are the mother and daughter team behind the highly successful Silver By The Sea 22. Regulars on the Harbour Arm Station market over the years, they return for another summer season in their hut.
“We started the business in 2019 after Jas had an apprenticeship as a silversmith. We’ve always collected sea glass and done creative things with it. I’ve also been a yoga teacher for the past 20 years and have an interest in crystals so we’ve brought those into the business too.”
each piece tells a story
“All the seaglass we use is from Folkestone, we don’t use it from anywhere else. Depending on the colour you can roughly date as to what period of history the glass comes from. A lot of Folkestone’s seaglass dates back to Victorian times, and a little before then too. Yellow glass dates from the Depression. They made a lot of yellow glass items for the table to cheer everyone up, so it’s a happy colour. But as it was only manufactured for a short period of time it becomes quite rare. We made a pink seaglass ring the other day and pink is a very rare colour for us. That piece would have come from a piece of artwork. Red is another rare colour and we don’t find very much of that at all. They used to use gold as part of the colouring process so that would have been used as decorative beads and in jewellery.
“The seafoam colours like white, blue, and greens are the most common. These come from soda, beer and wine bottles. Don’t forget that we had the Silver Springs factory here and in the Victorian times they would dump their glass bottles over Jock’s Cliff, and the Folkestone Glassworks also dumped their unwanted glass here too. So, part of our working life is to comb the beaches around looking for glass, it’s a hard job!
“The platform market has been really good for us and we’ve been really regular and built up a good customer base. We love being here, and very proud to be in our home town of Folkestone.”
house of dawg
Baxter’s people are Stephen and Cheryl and they sell dog accessories and clothing which they’ve hand made and designed themselves. Baxter is their muse and is incredibly obliging in modeling the stock, and looks rather fetching too. Before this, Stephen and Cheryl were in banking which is where they met.
“We’ve got loads of different doggy presents; we get our toys from Los Angeles so we’ll have lots of things that no one else will have. Our handmade bandannas are unique too. There are collars and leads just in case you need to get a new one and rest assured your dog will be served well here.
“We really like what they’ve done with the Harbour Arm,it looks really attractive. We come here for a day out and so we hope that lots of other people will come too.”
Robin and Bluebird
Another mother and daughter duo make up Robin and Bluebird who create handmade children’s accessories and clothing. Sharing their hut with Little Folke, another children’s clothing regular on the Harbour Arm, these two teams have your little ones covered. Literally.
“We make hand sewn, hand designed images, applique, and so on. A lot of our stuff is made with vintage and Liberty of London fabrics. Some of the material we use is up to 70 years old. Mum does some natural dying and we have scarves, ribbons and patchwork bags. There are also hand-pounded flowers on fabric which retains the shape and colour of the flower.
“There are hand made skirts and baby suits and other children’s clothes. I’m also a painter as well so there will be some of my prints as well. We’re looking forward to the excitement of being here at through the summer with all the hustle and bustle that comes with the Harbour Arm. So many people will come down here and we’re excited to be a part of it.”