All of our products are handmade

Our talented makers have an extraordinary range of skills

The Makers

Introduction to the makers

Our talented makers spend a great deal of time and tremendous expertise in hand-making all of our unique products.

Members of the Society

Each maker is a member of The Self Aid Society.  They are both men and women who are quality knitters, sewers, bakers – or have a knack for toy-making or handicrafts.

For various reasons including age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship they may be in need.  The support that The Society is able to provide and the sale of their products through the Treasure Trove forms an important part of many of their lives.

The very highest quality

The Society is careful that only those whose produce is of the highest quality can become a member. In this way, our shop customers can be assured that their purchases will be uniquely handcrafted to the highest possible standards - and for a very reasonable price!

Who benefits from the sale of produce?

Our members do!  Each member sets their own prices for their produce and the Society only takes 10% of all sale costs to help towards administration.

Meet The Makers

Maker # 1

What effects has the society had on you?

I joined the society in 1995. The society has been a great help to me. It keeps me occupied and keeps my spirits up knowing the items I produce are appreciated by the people who buy them. It also provides me with extra income which helps me throughout the year.

How long does each piece take to make?

My piper and Peppa Pig take 3 days to make and my nativity takes up to 1 week.

How much time do you devote to making?

The time can vary but I knit on a daily basis.

Maker # 2

What effects have the society had on you?

I joined the society in 2006. The society has been a lifesaver to me. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis so doing my baking helps to keep me active and also takes my mind off the pain. 

I am 75 years old now and to know that my baking is so popular that I have had special orders from customers boosts me so much. Also the income allows me to save for a little holiday or a special treat.

How long does each piece take to make?

I bake all day on a Sunday from 11am till around 7.00pm this allows me to do my bake, let the cakes cool down and then bag and price them.

How much time do you devote to making?

I devote one full day a week to my baking.

Maker # 3

What effects have the society had on you?

I have been a member for over 30 years. The society to me is brilliant. Louise and her girls do a wonderful job. I make things on a regular basis and then I love visiting the shop for a chat when I drop my goods off.

How long does each piece take to make?

I make quite a variety of goods so it’s hard to pinpoint one thing. A Dammit Doll for instance would take about one and a half hours.

How much time do you devote to making?

Everyday and evenings too Love it! Love it! Not enough hours in the day.