The pop-up concept is alive and well on Gloucester Road as The Nest opened at Room 212 today. Tucked away under a colourful stripy canape, Room 212 occupies the same part of the road as Billie Jean, Fig and the Golden Lion pub and is Bristol’s smallest art gallery.
The gallery has been transformed into a magpie’s nest, and for the next two weeks will be full of vintage clothes, handmade jewellery and tasty looking cupcakes.
Sian is the woman behind The Nest, which is an extension of her popular market Magpies & I. Split between Bristol and Altrincham, the vintage markets are a passion that Sian juggles alongside her full time job. As a result, the pop-up shop will open at 12pm during the week, trading until 7pm.
The Nest stocks a range of local designers, including Priormade who create hand-finished geometric jewellery, and Faith & Betty, who make delicious smelling organic bath bombs and soaps. Another brand that caught my eye was Re Be, a Bath based clothing company specialising in transforming pre-loved clothes into child and baby clothes, including adorable playsuits and dungarees from old shirts.
I went to the opening yesterday evening (I’m still kicking myself that I forgot to try one of the delicious looking Pearly King Cake cupcakes) and discovered not only some wonderful accessories and homewares, but also that The Nest is hosting a swap shop this Friday evening. If you have any handmade or vintage pieces you’d like to part with, you can trade them with a piece from one of the traders. I love a good bit of swapping so I’m tempted to pop along – see you there?
The Nest is open 12-7pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday to Sunday until 25th May. The Swap Shop takes place this Friday (19th May) from 6-8pm, and for more information you can visit the Magpies & I website.