Don’t be fooled by the name, Girlie Bits is a one-stop shop for girls, providing a menagerie of bits and bats for every need. From fancy dress items, to hair accessories, wigs and funky make-up they have it all.
Mandy Phillips, the owner, provides a vibrant and colourful stall and are two of the most friendly and welcoming people you are likely to meet. This adds to the whole shopping experience and creates a relaxed and fun atmosphere, which is something they believe is essential. She says, “It is important to offer a great service, especially with all of our regular customers. We love meeting people and socialising.”
Girlie Bits is a creative venture with the promise of not being any old fancy dress shop, but a modern alternative with reasonable and affordable prices. Every day is a different day for them, which is something, given the fact that they have nearly 20 years experience, and many will remember them as Fancy Pants. Owner Mandy Phillips, who used to be a nursery nurse, originally came up with the idea of opening the stall one evening whilst riding on an exercise bike in her bedroom. Her vision and plan was immediately clear, and the rest, they say, is history.
After starting off selling hair clamps in baskets, today they enjoy great success for a modest market stall. They have recently opened an online Ebay store which they say is going “really well” and are expanding within the market, opening a dancewear stall as they believe there is a great demand for it. In the future, Mandy has ambitious plans and want to become a big outlet.