Located in sunny Central Florida, our County Argyle team focuses on two unique crafts: our own one-of-a-kind jewelry, wind chimes and household gifts - all handmade from recycled vintage silverware and salvaged hardware - and our curated collection of truly amazing vintage jewelry from around the world.
When we began over ten years ago we sold almost exclusively through local farmers markets. Since then we have continued to add new and unexpected lines of handmade, vintage and unique accessories. Our mission is to make sure that you discover something new every time you come to see us.
Today we spend much of the year on the road, showcasing our wares at events across the eastern U. S. From week to week, you may find us at a Scottish Highland game, a regional folk festival, a bluegrass music jam, an upcycled craft market or something entirely new. We also sell through a select number of boutiques and galleries in our region.
County Argyll - archaically Argyle - is a region of western Scotland corresponding with most of ancient Dál Riata, which was located on the island of Great Britain. It also happens to be the region from which our families hail.
The name derives from Old Gaelic airer Goídel (the border region of the Gaels). As the early thirteenth-century author of De Situ Albanie explains, "the name Arregathel means margin of the Scots or Irish, because all Scots and Irish are generally called Gattheli (i.e. Gaels), from their ancient warleader known as Gaithelglas." The word airer naturally carries the meaning of the word 'coast' when applied to maritime regions, so airer Goídel could also be translated as "Coast of the Gaels."
The county town of Argyll was historically Inveraray, which is still the seat of the Duke of Argyll. Lochgilphead later claimed to be the county town from the 19th century. Neither town was the largest settlement, as Argyll's largest towns are still Oban, Dunoon and Campbeltown.
Historically Clan Campbell was the main clan of this region and hosted the long line of the Dukes of Argyll. Clan Lamont has both allied and feuded with the Campbell clan over several centuries, culminating in the Dunoon Massacre. In the 19th century, the clan chief sold his lands and relocated to Australia, where the current chief lives.