Make your way through Regent Arcade and find this utterly charming store that houses everything and anything to choose from for Christmas gifts, or some sneaky self-indulgence. From quirky earrings to calendars to sustainable straws, cutlery and everything in between. Have you met Charlie? started as an Adelaide Renew project and grew into the successful store that it is today. Have you met Charlie? We have! We chatted with the store manager, Jordan, about how important it is to shop local during the silly season and some of the adorable gifts you can find at the store.
Tell us a little about the shop.
Have You Met Charlie? originally opening in May 2014, is the ultimate gift store full to the brim of unique, quirky and often handmade products. We have a strong focus on providing a platform for independent artists, makers and creators to thrive in a retail environment. We currently stock around 85 makers, half of which are South Australian based. Our store is a must-see for any Adelaideans this Christmas, as well as those visiting from interstate and overseas who want to find something a little different from the norm to bring back home.
That’s very tricky, so many good ones.
Wili Heat bags – these locally handmade heat/cold packs make great gifts. There’s a bunch of styles to choose from including eye masks, neck wraps, back wraps and hand warmers! They are filled with Australian lupin seeds which are known to retain temperature for longer. What’s better, they came in a range of really cool printed cotton fabrics.
The Earth Greetings/Claire Ishino 2019 diary. What’s special about this is it’s made from 100% recycled materials and is printed using vegetable based ink making it earth friendly. The Claire Ishino art throughout featuring native flora in bright colours is stunning – it’s sure to brighten up your days.
Earrings really are our “thing” here at Have You Met Charlie? we have hundreds to choose from. From dangles to studs, from clay to leather, there really is something for everyone.
Why should people shop local at Christmas?
Shopping locally at Christmas time is so important and it’s what we’re all about. When you buy from a small business or from an independent maker it means they too can enjoy the holiday season, and it means they can continue to create and produce products that make everyday life more colourful.
Images via Have You Met Charlie?