I have a plan to buy more local clothing and accessories this year. More local everything actually. I keep discovering new soaps, hair products, fragrances, shoes
I see them experimenting with formulations, improving packaging and making it easier for us to stop buying so many things from over and away. In these times, we really do need to support each other and buy more Barbadian brands.
Here’s the thing though. I come across many brands on social media but I actually prefer opportunities to shop for multiple products in one location. It’s more convenient than messaging multiple people to arrange collection or delivery.
Some brands are getting into stores but many aren’t. So if you’re wondering where to you can find several local products at once, this is for you. Some events will be obvious to locals but I’m also trying to help visitors who may only have a short time on the island.
Pelican Craft Centre
Also known as Pelican Village, this brightly coloured collection of buildings in Bridgetown houses some of Barbados’ best artisans. Head there for a quiet, no-stress shopping experience and leave with unique clothing, jewellery, home accessories and souvenirs.
One store you’ll find there is Ayissa Textile Designs which I did a feature on recently.
Located in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, this store sells bags, home decor, skincare products, accessories and lots more locally made items.
Head to Brighton Plantation, St George every Saturday and you’ll find vendors selling their artwork, jewellery, bags and food.
Every Sunday at Holders House, St James you’ll find clothing, jewellery and craft alongside locally grown produce and prepared foods.
The National Agricultural Exhibition usually takes place in February in Queen’s Park, The City. Expect a full range of locally made items.
Held annually over the Easter weekend, in Oistins, Christ Church, this community event is filled with family activities and opportunities to shop. Oistins is also worth a visit any Friday night during the year. The popular Fish Fry brings out vendors selling clothing, ceramics, wood carvings and more.
This event is especially for women and it usually takes place in February. You’ll find lots of girl bosses showcasing their work.
The Barbados Manufacturers’ Exhibition is the expo of all expos and it takes place annually at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre over the Whitsuntide Weekend. Whatever you want, you can probably find it there. Be sure to catch the fashion shows.
Held in the middle of February each year to mark the anniversary of the first English settlement, this street fair also attracts many of Barbados’ creators and manufacturers. It’s yet another opportunity to go shopping for Barbadian brands.
This takes place during the last few days of the annual Crop Over Festival which climaxes on the first Monday in August. Vendors are out in their numbers.
Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown, St James hosts fairs featuring local artisans thoughout the year including during summer and at Christmas and Easter.
This list is not exhaustive so let me know about any other regularly scheduled events or established stores I should add, drop a comment below.