Maybugs have launched their latest venture in Sussex, opening the first floor of their Eastbourne store to local and UK based Artisan producers for free! This community project is unique in that none of the traders pay a fee for their pitch, and Maybugs does not take any commission either. Meaning that the producer keeps 100% of what they sell.

Greg Rose, co-owner of Maybugs said “This is something which has been in planning for a long time, so to see it open and bustling with customers is just a great feeling. John and I desperately wanted to do something for all the small local producers who have struggled in the current climate to get their product into retail, and using the first floor of our High Street store seemed the perfect location

“When we were starting out with Maybugs, we were given so many opportunities and help that this is our way of paying forward the favour. We hope that locals and tourists alike will love the concept, a permanent base in the town where you’ll find a variety of what Sussex and the UK has to offer.”

The type of product and traders at the market will vary from week to week, some of those currently on display are; Handmade Jewellery, Printed Textiles, Vintage Silk Flowers, Hand Painted Glass, Oil Paintings, Scented candles and wax melts, plus lots more.

The Market will be a permanent fixture with some local producers already having committed right up until Christmas. If you’d like to find out more about the market and apply for a stall, then email

About Maybugs

Maybugs is owned by couple Greg Rose and John Dale and was established in 2018 as a standalone retail store in Hailsham Vicarage Field shopping Centre. The company celebrated its 5th Birthday in October 2023.

The Eastbourne branch opened in 2021 on Terminus Road in the former Laura Ashley building.

The Bexhill store opened in July 2022 on Devonshire Road in the former British Bookshops premises.

Maybugs stocks a huge variety of gifts and homewares, from things for just £1, up to some of the most desirable giftware bands including Jellycat, Wrendale Designs, Inis Fragrance and Carrie Elspeth Jewellery.

Maybugs employs 19 people across their 3 stores.

Maybugs ethos is underpinned by supporting their local communities, they sponsor a number of local charities and give our hundreds of goody bags each year to local schools, charities and other fundraisers. This year they are continuing to sponsor; Hailsham Hockey Club, Bexhill Carnival, Charity For Kids Calendar. In May 2023 Maybugs won the ‘High Steet Hero’ Award at The Small Awards, sponsored by Small Business Britan. This award was for the community work and support for their local towns and high streets.

Pictured: Owners John Dale and Greg Rose at The Market Opening