Crafty Vintage celebrates 13 years of refashioning regional economies and cultures

By Crafty Vintage

28 Sep 2023

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In the world of business, 13 years may not seem like a significant milestone. But for Crafty Vintage—a Lancashire-based venture that has evolved into a prolific incubator for local entrepreneurs—it marks a transformative journey that merits closer scrutiny. Established 13 years ago as a platform for artisans, makers, and vintage aficionados, Crafty Vintage has become a lodestar for both economic development and cultural enrichment in the Lancashire region.

Economic Pivot: From Artisanal Fair to Economic Powerhouse

The incubator system of Crafty Vintage has proven to be much more than a hub for craftspeople. This enterprise has emerged as an economic powerhouse, with far-reaching contributions to the local economy of Lancashire. Beyond mere revenues, it has been a springboard for an eclectic range of products—from handmade furnishings to artisanal foods and recycled fashion pieces.

Honest Crust Pizza is a case in point. What started as a street food vendor under the Crafty Vintage at Brockholes umbrella has burgeoned into a culinary enterprise with thriving outlets at the Mackie Mayor and Alty Market. The venture illustrates how Crafty Vintage has converted nascent ideas into flourishing businesses, generating employment and keeping economic benefits largely within the community.

For added perspective, consider last month’s Lancashire Business View cover feature on Marco Vaghetti from LANX Shoes, who significantly honed his product offering following a record-breaking day at Holmes Mill—a venue often frequented by Crafty Vintage.

The Cultural Equation: More than Just Business

Crafty Vintage has also assumed an indispensable role in reshaping Lancashire's cultural landscape. In an era marked by the ubiquity of mass-manufactured items, Crafty Vintage has been a bastion for creativity and craftsmanship. From artists to musicians and culinary experimenters, the venture has endowed a diverse cadre of talents with the opportunity to showcase their creations.

Goosnargh Gin, an artisan gin producer that initially gained recognition at Crafty Vintage, has progressed to offering distillery workshops at Wyrresdale Park—also a former Crafty Vintage venue. The company underscores Crafty Vintage’s impact as a cultural incubator, not just an economic one.

Events organised by Crafty Vintage have even evolved into cultural landmarks, attracting patrons well beyond the borders of Lancashire. These events deliver more than just a marketplace; they furnish an immersive experience, thereby framing Lancashire as an emerging hub for artisanal culture and creativity.

The Road Forward: New Ventures and Exciting Partnerships

As we look to the future, Crafty Vintage has no intention of slowing down. Exciting new events and collaborations are already in the pipeline, including a partnership with Crow Wood Hotel Resort and Spa. This promises to bring a new level of luxury and sophistication to the Crafty Vintage experience.

Additionally, Crafty Vintage is collaborating once again with Highest Point to produce a new Christmas Festival in Williamson Park. The event is expected to be a holiday season extravaganza that will combine the artisanal charm that Crafty Vintage is renowned for with the large-scale event expertise of Highest Point.

Sustainability and Future-proofing

The focus on upcycling and sustainable practices adds another layer to the Crafty Vintage narrative, catering to a community increasingly aware of its environmental responsibilities.

Symbiotic Collaborations: Crafting a Broader Impact

Partnerships have been instrumental in the ascent of Crafty Vintage. In addition to collaborations with local councils and educational institutions, Crafty Vintage has previously joined forces with Redrow Homes and Bowker MINI. These alliances have widened the scope of its impact, touching various sectors from housing to automotive, thereby creating a well-rounded economic ecosystem.

As Crafty Vintage celebrates its 13th anniversary, it stands as an exemplar of how business ventures can transcend traditional economic calculations to contribute to both economic vitality and cultural vigour. For Lancashire, Crafty Vintage is not just a business story; it is an evolving legacy.

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