Top picks this #indiesummer

With our very own #indiesummer well and truly underway we are so excited to see what all the many lovely businesses on ShopAppy have to offer. Of course, each town or city is different and offer a variety of products to their communities – so to help inspire your local shopping we’ve decided to show off some of our top picks from across the country. If you see something from your local area make sure you check it out and share a post of your buys on social media using #indiesummer.

Shake up your summer wardrobe

Even though we don’t need an excuse to go shopping, Summer is definitely a preferable time to pick up some new outfits. Whether you’re trying a new style or are looking for new trends, shopping local is no limitation to the variety of fabulous pieces you can find.

In Barnsley, we found this super cute cardigan which has an adorable lace back. We think this would look great as a swimwear overlay for a summer vacation – and could also be a stylish way to add a layer of warmth for a summer afternoon BBQ. For just £5 from Keeley Flint market stall, there is a way to add a summer look into your wardrobe and for a great price. 

If you struggle to find the perfect matching accessories then it’s definitely time to take advantage of matching sets in Stevenage. The lovely Hootie Toot jewelry store offers a variety of scares that have been handpicked to match a gorgeous pair of glass bead earrings. Pick your signature colour and you are all set.

You can never have enough handbags so we’ve picked out another to add to your collection! This fun tassel star bag from The Bay Tree Chippenham comes in a choice of two colours and incorporates two top fashion trends – tassels and glitter! Available in Chippenham we think this is a great item to add to your collection and enjoy over summer.

Another bag now this time in Morley, we’ve picked out this cute Katie Loxton Half Moon Bag from Cadeaux. This is a perfect all-round bag that is great for day time and evening usage. Plus it has a handy cross the body strap making it super convenient for carrying around your items hands free.  
Tasty summer treats

You’ve worked hard all spring, now it’s time for a little treat – go on just one! If you fancy something fresh, handmade, sweet or savory, your local high streets and markets have plenty to offer.

Feeling hungry for something fresh? Krusty Loaf in Barnsley is the perfect spot to grab a delicious bakery treat. We love the sound of Lemon and Raspberry Buns for just 45p each. Plus there are plenty of snacks to keep the little ones happy.

Everyone loves a personalised sweet treat – cupcakes are a definite yes! Cake Magic in Stevenage can bake to your specification and dietary requirements which means you can have it exactly how you wanted. Every single treat is made to order – perfect for those extra special parties and events you’ll be attending this summer.

Fresh cream on a hot summers day is the ultimate treat, there is no telling us otherwise. In Great Yarmouth, we’ve spotted these mouth-watering cream horns sold for just 90p each from Copland Family Bakers Ltd. Although you better beat us there because we could eat the lot.

Looking for a treat to get you through a busy day in Morley? Yorkshire Delicious Delicatessen has a variety of tasty treats including freshly baked currant bread cakes for just 48p each! Grab yourself a bargain and something yummy all in one place this summer.

We love fruit in the summer but when it’s in cake, it just gets better! What’s not to love? These coconut and cherry slices from Hunts Bakery in Grimsby are a perfect combination of flavors and we are loving them. At just £1.20 a slice – that’s just great value too.


Perfect gifts – or a treat for you!

Birthdays, baby showers, weddings and all manner of get-togethers mean your ‘to buy’ list is probably getting longer by the day – that’s why we’ve tried to pick out some top picks to help you find something for everyone this summer. Plus with the kids around for 6 whole weeks – it never hurts to treat yourself too.

We saw this adorable Rose Gold oil burner from Bathtime Heaven in Barnsley and knew we had to show it off. The perfect home decor piece for the summer, this is a winning gift that not only offers relaxation but some gorgeous scents too. We know so many people (including ourselves) that would love this; treat yourself or a friend with something sweet around the home. 


Looking for a seasonally perfect gift this summer? Garden flowers are a great option. In Great Yarmouth, you can pick up budget-friendly flowers that are sure to put a smile on someone’s face. Jack’s Flower Stall stocks a large variety of colours, species and are all fresh! 

If you’ve got a little someone to buy for this summer we think they’ll love this Jellycat Avocado from Paprika in Chippenham. Or maybe you know someone simply obsessed with avocado – winning gift right here. Super cute, fun and brought locally.

The baby shower scene is more elaborate than ever and you may want to wow the crowd with a fabulous gift for new parents. We’ve sourced this amazing Nappy Cake in Morley from Busy Bee’s Gifts. Not only does this look impressive but it’s also full of useful products so your gift won’t go to waste. 

Flower baskets are a great gift or a treat for yourself, they add colour to the home and smell so fresh. This basket with added gerberas from Andi’s Wreaths & More in Grimsby is just £18.99 and looks as pretty as a picture. You can even get it gift wrapped to make this a one-stop shop for the perfect summer gift for a dinner party or birthday.


Travel Essentials

If you are one of the lucky ones who will be jetting away this summer, firstly, we are so jealous, secondly here are some great products you’ll need to make the trip smooth sailing. From mini products to travel-friendly accessories we’ve got you covered.

Take a look at this super cute Moroccan Oil Repair travel pack that is perfect for the plane. Sold by Style Sixteen in Stevenage this little pack comes with shampoo, conditioner, hairspray and treatment oil – all stored in a handy pouch.  This is a must have set to throw in your suitcase and jet away with. 

Taking the kids on holiday this summer? Why not get them their own fun towel featuring a beloved character. Gordons Linens in Great Yarmouth stock a large variety of kids beach towels for just £10, meaning your little one can show off their style whilst on holiday this summer.

If you’re jetting off to a sunny holiday by the beach or staying at a hotel with a pool then, of course, you’ll be needing a beach towel. In Barnsley Neil’s Bedding, Towels & Home Textiles offers a fantastic range of products at great prices such as an extra large beach towel for just £10 – perfect for a family picnic on the beach.

We are a little bit obsessed with this sausage dog picnic rug from Paprika in Chippenham. Use on a tropical beach or just down at the local park, this makes any spot perfect for a picnic. Plus it folds up making it super portable and easy to take anywhere.

Give your skin a treat this summer and check out the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream from Beadelightful at ARTIS in Grimsby. Sold for just £6 this versatile formula goes beyond moisturization, working wonders to shape brows, add shine to cheeks, soothe dry hands, smooth cuticles and nails, and more. 

Whatever you are looking for this summer we know your local high street and markets have an amazing range to keep you happy and most of what you spend locally, stays in your community too -so that’s enough to keep the sun shining where you are. If you go on a local shopping spree make sure you show off your buys off here or use #indiesummer on social media.

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