The shop I visited on my jaunt to Edinburgh last week is also rightly called The Treasure Trove, and it deserves a post of its own. It was started in 1882, and its first name was the “Repository for Gentlewomen” (from the organisation’s website). To my mind, it’s a great example of local fairtrade practice. All manner of crafts are sold here, made by people across the UK who are on a limited income, and with profits going to the makers.
One of the things I love about this shop is that you never know what you will find here. Last week there were preserves, a knitted Queen, a kilted rabbit, and thistle tea cosies (next to the Queen):
It’s worth taking time to look carefully, for many of the best things lie in drawers that slide out (more thistle tea cosies to be seen in the top drawer):
I bought my current knitting bag here, found at the back of such a drawer. Look at the quality of the Fair Isle tams and gloves:
The prices are more than reasonable, and the location couldn’t be better. Here is the view from the shop’s front door:
Kate Davies also blogged about this wonderful shop, here. Her blog post sketches out the historical background to the many “indigent gentlewomen” who tried to support themselves through the work of their hands.
I don’t know whether to be happy or sad that (according to the website) the people who sell their creations through this shop now include men, younger people, single parents and the spouses of those who are unemployed. But I’m glad it’s there!