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About us

Our Story....

Hello and welcome to our website! We are sisters Liz & Sophie, here is our story. . . .
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After studying fine art together for 4yrs we decided we wanted to use our creative side to start our own business. After a few months hand-making all of our own products to sell at fairs and online we realised there was just not enough hours in the day to do it all ourselves . . . so we sourced some quirky individual products from select stockists and set up our own market stall.

Our first market stall was in our home town of Leek in the trestle market and we soon expanded to Bakewell, Chesterfield and Newcastle-under-lyme. We also had stalls at a range of craft fairs where we met some lovely people and more stockists! Markets were a great way to start a business, we had soon expanded our ranges and had a loyal customer base but gosh it was hard work!

In late 2009 a small unit had become available in the quaint ‘Getliffes Yard’ based in Leek, we took the plunge and ‘Bibelot’ was born!

For those wondering where our name came from – our Mum is an avid book reader and is a fan of the ‘Mapp and Lucia’ series of novels by E. F. Benson. One of the characters, Georgie had a glass topped case where he kept his ‘bibelots’ – small objects of curiosity, beauty, or rarity [bib-loh; French beebuh-loh]. We just loved the name and so we became Bibelot!

In 2010 we became official stockists for Cath Kidston and quickly began to grow out of our tiny shop! The search began for a larger shop . . . No.2 Sheepmarket was in a sorry state, it had been empty for 10 years and was in a very poor state of repair but we have very talented family and friends and decided to take it on and give it a new lease of life! So in February 2011 it was officially our shop! Now the real work could begin . . . . we had to go back to brickwork and start again but eventually we turned it into the fantastic building it is today!

Our new bigger better shop opened on the 12th November 2011, with 3 rooms over 2 floors packed with gorgeous goodies you can lose yourself for hours! Due to demand we opened our haberdashery and craft room in 2012. In 2013 we revamped our 1st floor and swapped the rooms around to make the haberdashery room even bigger and better and in 2015 we moved the craft workshops into a fab new room on the second floor enabling us to expand on our fabric, wool and haberdashery ranges in our 1st floor haberdashery & craft room. We also run a range of crochet, knitting, sewing and needle felting workshops in a private room on the second floor of our shop.

. . . . So there you have it, we are up to date. Please pop by and see us, you might even meet our ever so cute Miniature Dachshunds, Belle, Florence and Zebedee who are Bibelot’s resident shop dogs (well in the daytime anyhow!).

Hope to see you soon, Liz & Sophie x

Our Shop....

Bibelot is located in the busy market town of Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District National Park. You will find Bibelot at No. 2 Sheepmarket which is just around the corner of the quaint market place.

Our ground floor is packed with beautiful goodies! We are the areas only authorised Cath Kidston stockist – so we carry a large range including Bags and Accessories, Homeware, Toiletries, Stationery, Cath Kid’s and Umbrellas. Alongside Cath Kidston we also sell a range of gifts, jewellery, children’s toys (including Lego Minifigures), stationery and cards.

Alongside these specialist lines we stock a large range of homeware and gift items on our beautiful first floor. There’s something to suit all pockets, from our popular recycled colourful shoppers to our kitchen linens and accessories

On our first floor you will also find our fantastic haberdashey and craft room – It’s packed full of wool from Stylecraft, Drops and Rowan, crochet hooks, knitting needles, crochet and knitting accessories, threads, fabric, sewing accessories, needle felting equipment, bag making accessories, jewellery findings, buttons, ribbons, patterns, craft kits and much more!

We run a large range of fab craft workshops, set in beautiful surroundings that offer a relaxing and inspiring environment. Our workshops include crochet with Rowan tutor Sophia Reed, knitting with designer and author Jem Weston, needle felting with Jo Gardiner and sewing, including dressmaking with Holly from Hollycrow. Other courses include machine sewing for beginners, hand-sewing and traditional teddy bear making to name a few.

Please see our ‘Craft Workshops’ page for an up-to-date list of all our workshops.

Have a look around....