Janet & John's treasure trove

CUTE reindeer and gingerbread men brooches with a sparkly finish, framed prints of unique Glasgow-inspired designs, hand-knitted hats and gloves and beautifully carved wooden bowls.

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Janet and John Turner sell an array of Scottish gifts from  their store in the West End's  De Courcy's Arcade
Janet and John Turner sell an array of Scottish gifts from their store in the West End's De Courcy's Arcade

If you're looking for last-minute Christmas presents and stocking fillers that won't break the bank, let Janet & John show you the way,

The Turners, husband and wife from Bearsden, are the namesakes of the quirky gift shop in the West End's De Courcy's Arcade that sells all thing Scottish.

All the stock is made in Scotland from artists and craft makers from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Lanarkshire and Glasgow.

It opened in the summer with a treasure trove of jewellery, cards, prints, lighting and ceramics with stock expanding all the time. At the last count, more than 30 Scottish makers are on sale.

"Everybody in here lives and works in Scotland," explains John. "They might not be Scottish, like us, but they're living, working and producing their work in Scotland.

"It's a very popular ethos with customers, particularly when we opened in August and had a lot of tourists coming in."

The Wee Hugs range by Glasgow artist Keith Pirie at Ginger Pidgin are bestsellers. There are framed prints and mugs and he also produces a range of colourful prints of the bird, tree, fish and bell from the Glasgow city crest, priced from £15-20.

Hand-made jewellery by Aleksandra Diamante under the Aleksandra Designs brand have been hugely popular buys for gifts, especially the purse-friendly animal brooches made specially for Christmas at just £4 each.

Edinburgh School of Art trained Libby Walker produces prints of intricately detailed drawings within drawings that feature Glasgow landmarks, as well as illustrated cards under the Pink Pig name. "They're so clever you could spend hours looking at them," says John.

She also has a range of Photography by Mabel Forsyth cards featuring scenes around Scotland.

All the woodwork on sale in the shop is made by Isaac Curran from the Wheelchair Woodturners. Wonderfully soft and tactile, there are bowls, cheeseboards with the whimsical touch of a carved mouse sitting on the edge and hard turned pens.

After suffering from back injuries, the Wishaw-based ex-serviceman is in a wheelchair and passes on his skills to other wounded ex-servicemen.

Recycled vintage lamps featuring colourful materials are made by Bridget Sim of House Dress. And comic book fans will love the decoupage work on everything from shoes and mirrors to tables and jewellery by Elizabeth Arts.

Janet's busy fingers produce all the knitting in stock, from tea cosies and hats to fingerless gloves, hot water bottle covers and Christmas stockings. It was Janet's Baljaffray Handknits that initially introduced the couple to the world of gifts and crafts.

"We've been going to craft fairs for about four years now," says John. "Janet started the knitting side after her mum died and then we went on holiday to Skye.

"All the outlying communities have a hall and two or three days a week local ladies will sell their stuff. That really inspired her, so we started going to craft fairs.

"We were selling very successfully through a gallery in Aviemore and looking for somewhere to sell in Glasgow.

"We tried all sorts of places and couldn't find anywhere that suited our ethics, or else they wanted too much commission."

After John was made redundant they decided to make the jump and expand.

"We'd been talking to other crafters locally who were having similar frustrations at finding somewhere to exhibit and sell on a permanent basis, as opposed to craft fairs every weekend," says John.

"I'd been trying to get stock into various shops in the arcade so it seemed like the perfect idea," adds Jane.

She still attends regular craft fairs with Janet's Baljaffray Handknits but says she will be doing fewer and concentrating on building stock for the shop in the new year.

l Janet & John, upper floor, De Courcy's Arcade, Cresswell Lane, Hillhead; www.janetandjohnscotland.com

angela.mcmanus@eveningtimes.co.uk

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