Did you know Hedge End has a bustling weekly market in the middle of the village?
Every Wednesday, Scentnifique Wax Melts & Home Fragrances can be found here from 10am to 3pm on the old Budgen’s site – 1D Lower Northam Rd, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4FN. The market is run by Eastleigh Borough Council who are also in attendance should anyone have any questions.
Of course we will have a vast array of wax melts with us, we usually have around 60 different scents per week, and rotate wax melt stock every time, to keep it interesting and varied for those who visit us on a weekly basis. We also have “stall exclusives “, products which can’t be found on our website, or on social media. We reserve these just for the stall. At present the exclusive’s include multiple wax melt scents, a tonne of awesome wax melt shapes, bath bombs and burners. Next week we will have our biggest selection of reed diffusers and carpet fresh we have ever displayed, and that will also include a few scents not available on our website!
In addition to wax melts, the other products we have on our stall includes; Reed Diffusers, Carpet Fresh, Bath Bombs, Foot Pummice Scrubs, Tea Light Wax Burners, Electric Wax Burners, Summer Scent Wax Melts ( Halloween Wax Melts/ Autumn Wax Melts available from mid-September) As well as our ever popular monthly boxes which contain a variation of wax melts, with a different theme every month. We have more new products to display soon too. You can find more information about our products on our home page https://www.scentnifique.co.uk
Wednesday’s have fast become our favourite day of the week, not just because we get to see many of our lovely customers face-to-face, but also because it’s such a great feeling of community spirit to be part of something in the heart of the local community. All of the stall holders are unique, we don’t have more than one person selling the same thing, and the amount of stall holders is expanding week-on-week and we are almost full to capacity.
Working on your own can be lonely at times, and something that I think all small business owners can relate to, if not all the time, certainly for some of the time. On a Wednesday we are no longer lone workers, we are a team of smiling faces ready to great the local’s, and those who travel from further afield too, the traders aren’t just traders to me, they have become friends, and a business support network too
Since Covid I have been wary regarding going into shops, but with the market I know that I can get everything I need for a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion (of course you can give wax melts as a gift too) and being able to support other small businesses is a wonderful feeling, the #shoplocal focus of lockdown is seemingly forgotten now.
So as well as wax melts, bath products, and home fragrances, what other products can I find at Hedge End Village Market, and who are the other Traders?
Sarah from Body Shop At Home. “Sparkle With Sarah” Discounts and savings can be had over shop prices https://www.facebook.com/groups/1976913749263058/ Games and prizes can be won too.
Rhiana from Natural Pawtions, natural dog treats , with your dog’s well being at heart https://www.naturalpawtions.co.uk/ On a good weather day, our market mascot “Mr Huds” a friendly golden retriever can often be found keeping Rhiana company
Natisha who owns Nova’s Nursery, which is also mobile! Natisha grows and nurtures everything herself, and her stall is always very busy https://www.facebook.com/groups/546971039667680/
Lisa is our card lady and has saved my bacon many a time when I have forgotten an important occasion. She has a varied selection, all different styles and has got every occasion covered. Permanent offer of buy 10 cards for £16, much cheaper (and better quality) than some of the big high street chains http://www.cardsfromlisa.com
Lauren & Teigan “The Sweet Ladies. As well as the stall, they do lots of other events and hire out their sweet cart for weddings and functions https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetLadiesSouthampton The girls rotate each week so some week’s you will have the pleasure of Lauren, and other weeks it will be Tiegan to warmly greet you instead.
Soap & Hope is owned by Lace, natural soaps all vegan and paraben free https://www.soapandhope.co.uk/ On her website you can read her inspiring story of how her passion for making these products helped her to over come a difficult time after the birth of her baby
Amy is our resident Artiste, with her beautiful face painting skills and awesome balloon modeling art, she can be booked for festivals and weddings too https://www.facebook.com/Creative-Capers-189400837808374
The Scoop Boutique Ltd is owned by Laurie, a gorgeous selection of New Forest ice creams, with weekly changing flavours and always a vegan option available too. Betsy is a cute restored 1950’s ice cream trailer. The Scoop Boutique also have vintage ice cream bikes and those, plus Betsy can be hired out for weddings, school fete’s and any other event https://www.thescoopboutique.co.uk/
Do you love chocolate? If you do then Chocbelle is a stall you must visit. I can vouch for the tastiness, and the vegan biscoff bars come highly recommended. Kerry has over 50 different flavours to choose from http://www.chocobelle.com
For all things crystal and natural, then Helen from Love of Nature is worth a visit. She also has items such as reusuable face wipes which are kind to the planet https://www.facebook.com/shoploveofnature
Ali from Waterside Glass makes beautiful fused glass jewellery, always great if you need a last minute gift for a female friend or relative https://www.facebook.com/WatersideGlass
A girl can never have too many handbags right? Then a visit to Sharon’s stall is a must https://daisyaccents.com/
For all you foodies, this category is very well represented. We also have Ethel’s Pies, Bare Bones BBQ which is my Wednesday go-to lunch now (I highly recommend the pulled pork burger) , Swanmore Butchers, Pear Tree Cottage Preserves, Taste of South Africa for your Biltong & SA meats, and also the best tasting olives this side of the med.
Other stalls include Monarch Creations and Woodcraft by Derek
If this lot isn’t enough to get you to Hedge End Market then nothing will!
Come along and support these wonderful businesses every Wednesday 10am-3pm at Hedge End Village Market
Should you wish to find out more information about having a stall, please feel free to email and I can answer any questions you have on a personal level firstname.lastname@example.org Information from a business point of view can be found on the EBC website https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/latest-news/new-hedge-end-village-market