Sunday, 25 October 2015

New Arrival ... Red Paper House

Jewellery inspired by nature and handmade in Leeds.

Red Paper House were part of the original Bird's Yard when it first started out in Leeds. They've now joined us in Sheffield too!

"Each item is handmade by Amy in her Yorkshire workshop. Hand drawn designs are laser cut, in the UK, using sustainable birch wood. The wooden shapes are hand painted and hand illustrated. All findings and finishings are ethically sourced from a UK company who visit overseas prodcution factories to ensure fair working environments."

Formula for Chocolate on wood necklace

Illustrated trees necklace

"Red Paper House was created through a love of accessories, a passion for craft and a desire to express creativity."
Hot air balloon brooch

Tea cup stud earrings

You can find a range of Red Paper House's laser cut and hand painted jewellery in the shop starting at just £6.

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Inspiration: Kimonos

We have lots of gorgeous vintage kimonos to choose from in the shop, Bird's sourced a variety from Japan for you to choose from (apart from the ones that somehow didn't quite make it to the rails...)

.As well as the longer kimonos, we also have a selection of haori, a shorter jacket style traditionally worn over a kimono.

Here are some outfit inspirations for wearing kimonos and haori...

Thursday, 20 August 2015

New Designer - Golden Browne

The latest designer to join us here in Bird's Yard is Golden Browne, 60s inspired clothes handmade here in the UK by Nic Browne.

Nic Browne bringing her designs to Bird's Yard

Nic says of her work:
"I'm inspired by the swinging sixties and make clothing for modern modettes. My garments are made using a mixture of my own designs and vintage sewing patterns. I specialise in mini skirts and dancing around my room to the Kinks."

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Our Latest Obsession ... Vintage Kimonos

Bird has a new obsession... vintage kimonos. We've got a lovely selection in the shop all of which are original vintage ones from Japan and come in a range of beautiful colours, fabrics and lengths.

Even our tiger in the window is wearing one!

Kimonos in Bird's Yard Sheffield

These are just of few of those on offer...

Vintage kimonos, Bird's Yard, Sheffield
Short vintage kimonos - from £55

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Father's Day Gifts at Bird's Yard

It's Father's Day in a couple of weeks - 21st June - and here are our pick of gifts perfect for dads...

Father's Day Gifts at Bird's Yard Sheffield

Father's Day gifts, Bird's Yard, Sheffield

Father's Day ideas at Bird's Yard Sheffield

Visit us at 44 Chapel Walk, Sheffield to find these cards and gifts, or check out our new website where you can find some of these. If what you're after isn't there, just send us a message and we can arrange for it to be added to the site for you.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Vintage Clothing £10 Sale!

Over in our sister shop Birds and Beards there's a special corner - full of £10 vintage bargains! It won't be there much longer so take a look and get some fantastic bargains while you can.

This is just a little taste...

Wrap top dress just £10

A gorgeous look for summer evenings - £10

Jacket and dress, £10 each

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Persephone Book Group - 4th June

The next Persephone Book Group hosted by Handpicked Books is taking place in Bird's Yard on 4th June from 6pm. This time the group will be discussing High Wages by Dorothy Whipple and everyone's welcome!

High Wages Bird's Yard book group

This is what Persephone Books has to say about the story they chose to republish in their range:

"It is about a girl called Jane who gets a badly-paid job in a draper’s shop in the early years of the last century. Yet the title of the book is based on a Carlyle quotation – ‘Experience doth take dreadfully high wages, but she teacheth like none other’ – and Jane, having saved some money and been lent some by a friend, opens her own dress-shop."

If you'd like to come along and discuss the book with fellow Persephone fans, just get in touch with Evelyn from Handpicked Books at and let her know you'd like a place saving at our free event.

We also have copies of the book on our shelves if you'd like to get one to read for the group, and you can keep up to date with the event over on Facebook

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Meet Handpicked Books...

We all love a good book. And whether it's a crime thriller, classic novel, local history, cookery, vintage reprint, craft (or almost any other genre) that you enjoy, Handpicked Books are sure to have something on their shelves in Bird's Yard that will catch your eye. Here we catch up with Evelyn Risner, the owner of Handpicked Books, to ask her about her choices and selling in Bird's Yard. 

Handpicked Books Sheffield

What was your inspiration to start Handpicked Books?

I was in a gallery on the south coast about 5 years ago and saw a beautiful series of art books. I got to thinking that there was nothing like this available in Sheffield, which was a shame. So, I bought some to sell myself...they were some of first books I ever sold. 

Why did you decide to sell your choice of books in Bird's Yard?

Selling with Bird's Yard appealed to me as it's an independent shop and it's a great way to support other small businesses while keeping Sheffield city centre interesting. As well as selling books at fairs, I wanted a permanent base to sell from and being right in the heart of the city it's perfect for getting a selection of unusual books to a wide audience.

Handpicked Books at Bird's Yard Sheffield
A selection of books in Bird's Yard handpicked by Evelyn

How do you choose the books that end up on your shelves?

I choose books often for their illustrations, for example Shakespeare's Illustrated Verse. They bring to life the writing and also make beautiful additions to your bookshelves at home. It's also interesting to find books by local publishers, such as Remote and Undisturbed: A Brief History of the Sheffield General Cemetery.

Sheffield Books in Bird's Yard
A selection of some of the local interest books selected by Handpicked Books

Whose work and items do you like in Bird's Yard?

There are many items I like in the shop. Some of my favourites are the jewellery, in particular the vintage brooches from Galabeer and the Dog. Also, the fused glass and semi precious stone jewellery of Claudia Latini.

Jewellery in Bird's Yard Sheffield
Some of the jewellery from Galabeer & the Dog and Claudia Latini that Evelyn admires

What's next from Handpicked Books?

Continuing to find more interesting titles to share with Bird's Yard's customers. And then there's the Persephone Book Group that I'm organising that takes place quarterly in the shop. The first evening was in March with the next one on 4th June where we'll be discussing is High Wages by Dorothy Whipple. 

You can find the books Evelyn selects on the book shelves in Bird's Yard.

If you'd like to come along to the book group please email Evelyn ( to book a free place. 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Our Latest Nesters...

We’re always on the lookout for new designers here at Bird’s Yard. We love to bring our customers lots of different and unique pieces as well as supporting small, independent makers, artists and designers.  And we’ve had lots of people join us in the last couple of weeks – here’s a little round up…

Dave Draws
Hand illustrated ceramics based in Manchester.

Hannah Lord
Silver and glass jewellery; glass homewares handmade in Sheffield.

Becky Bygone
Handmade illustrated and button cards and tote bags from Lancashire.

Ayse Balko Studio
Local photographs of a variety of places around Sheffield.

Knotted Designs
Modern macramé plant hangers handmade in Scotland.

Aloha Vintage
Vintage and vintage style clothes and accessories based in Sheffield.

Daniels Bros.
Handmade wooden items made from reclaimed wood around Sheffield. 

Wooden penguins from the Daniels Bros. We have them in lots of guises in the shop

Find all of these latest arrivals in our two shops on Chapel Walk - Bird's Yard at no.44 and Birds & Beards at no.50