Event Reminder – Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy

Some of the things you could be buying.

Back on New Year’s Eve I suggested a Walthamstow meet-up so that Sewists could scour the bargain stalls and shops in our mile-long London market. The response was enthusiastic to say the least, with some people planning to travel to the city especially for this outing. But for new and regular readers I thought I’d post a reminder. This time next week you could be weighed down with fabric bought at £1 a metre, buttons, sequins, ribbons, interfacing, fake fur… You name it, the market has it!

We’ll be visiting approximately ten different venues, starting at Saeed Fabrics where they’ve kindly agreed to offering us 10% off purchases. The stall holder outside Sainsburys is making the same offer:

10% off at this stall

Other highlights will include my favourite notions shop, where I strongly advise stocking up on interfacing at cheap as chips prices, as well as marvelling at the shelves and shelves of exotic ribbons:

A treasure trove

I’m posting this photo because it’s far too easy to walk past this shop and miss it. Memorise those giant balls of wool and keep your eyes peeled!

The market is full of food stalls, too, in case you get peckish:

Now, for the details:

When: 12pm, Saturday 19 February

Where: Walthamstow Central tube station on the Victoria line

Directions to the meeting point: Exit Walthamstow Central through the ticket barriers. Immediately in front of you, you’ll see a set of stairs and a sign pointing to ‘Way Out, Platform 2, Trains for Chingford’. Go up the stairs and follow the platform round to the ticket office. I will be waiting to meet you by a bank of three public telephones. I’d wear a red rose so that you can recognise me but – hey, you already know what I look like!

At the last count, there were about 15 people signed up to this outing, so you’re guaranteed to meet lots of like-minded enthusiasts. And me! I’ll have hand outs for each of you, in case we get split up – the market is very busy on a Saturday:

I anticipate spending about an hour and a half scouring the market. After that, we will walk through Walthamstow village to have lunch in Eat17, nextdoor to Beautiful Interiors where you’ll find vintage patterns. This shop was recently nominated for a Best of British Award – read about it here.

On our way to lunch, we’ll drop off anyone wanting to go home at the tube station. (There’s also a large bus station here.)


Some people are making a day of this trip to E17. What else can you do whilst in the area?

1. Visit the William Morris gallery in Lloyd Park on Forest Road, details here.

2. Visit the Vestry House Museum, details here.

Vestry House Museum

3. Wander around the village, checking out the independent shops, pubs and restaurants. There’s a walking guide here.

4. Visit the Handweavers’ Studio and Gallery

29 Haroldstone Road
Waltham Forest
London E17 7AN
0208 5212281

Please note: I have never visited The Handweavers’ Studio and can’t vouch for what it offers.

Final note: this trip will go ahead whatever the weather, but let’s hope it’s as lovely as today.

If you haven’t already alerted me to your interest in joining us, do post a comment below. Otherwise, I’ll be in touch with the group by email nearer the date with my contact details. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. We’re going to have a ball!


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14 Responses to Event Reminder – Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy

  1. Jane says:

    Oh I can’t go and I’m SOOOO jealous. Hope you all have a fantastic day. xx

  2. Amy says:

    OK this trip looks irresistable – I’m in!

  3. Oh, Karen can I tag along too please?
    🙂 Claire

  4. Elizabeth says:

    So jealous! Have fun!

  5. Pat says:

    Handweavers Studio is a beautiful shop filled with fantastic yarns for weaving in hundreds of colourways, lots of looms and weaving accessories, books etc. If you’re primarily a sewist there might not be much of interest there but if you’re a knitter or do any kind of weaving it is just heaven. Now I wish I could come with you (as I sew, knit and weave).

  6. Thanks, Pat, for filling us in on The Handweavers’ Studio. Sounds fascinating! Amy and Claire – you’re on the list!

  7. Clare says:

    Oh man, I’m jealous but I’ll be thinking of you while on my holiday in Derbyshire.. I’ve just moved quite close to E17 so I’ll be making a trip up soon.

    Just a note on the Handweavers Studio – they are now based on Seven Sisters Road in Holloway. As far as I’m aware they don’t still have a location in Walthamstow but I could be wrong on that.

  8. Steph says:

    Can’t wait to meet everyone on Saturday! x

  9. Shivani says:

    too too excited! can’t wait to meet you & the others!

  10. melissa says:

    Woot! I’m looking forward to it, I haven’t been up to the market in a few years…

  11. Anna says:

    ohhhhhhhhhh I wish I were in London … in UK at least …….
    Such a great plan!!!!!

    Have a wonderful day! I envy you so much!

  12. Meg says:

    I’d like to joing in too. I’m a Walthamstow girl, but I’ve not been in half of these places you’re mentioning so I’m curious! Looking forward to meeting you all.

  13. Laura says:

    It’s probably a good thing for my stash diet that I can’t come along, but I have to admit that I’m dying to see what you all come back with. Walthamstow is home and I haven’t been to the market in aaaaaages. Looks like I’ll have to make a trip when we’re next down!

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