The first shop we're profiling is Woodchip Boutique. A new addition to Third Floor Afflecks. We've known owners Donna and Kim for a few years now as they used to be our neighbors on Manchester Fashion Market (Tib Street, Saturdays) and I have a few beautiful Woodchip clothes in my wardrobe.
The shop sells a range of re-worked vintage dresses, vintage scarves, handbags, jewellery and accessories. With their sewing machine at the ready, they can make on-site alterations so if you fall in love with one of their dresses you can have it adjusted to the perfect fit or length while you wait - you don't get that at Topshop!!!
Using pretty painted wardrobes and vintage tea cups as displays with beautiful bird wallpaper it really is as pretty as a picture. It's definitely a shop for the girly girls and a great place to but really special presents.
But even better than the vintage treasures is the exclusive range of handmade leather bags, purses and accessories. Each item is a one-off and is made by hand in the shop from the softest leather in a range of designs, colours and sizes. It's great watching the girls while they work - if you've ever wanted to "know how" to make a bag, then 5 minutes of watching the experts will set you in the right direction.
So what would I buy?
The perfect summer dress - only £28 available online at Frooly.
And this cute handmade fabric Owl Bag, a perfect present for my friends birthday!!!