OXFORD Castle hosted sellers of handmade and vintage goods from across the county on Sunday as Oxford Etsy held its second market.

Items from jewellery and ceramics to art and photography were on offer in the Castle Quarter following a successful first event last month.

It marked another success for the global e-commerce website's Oxford team, which boasts 300 sellers despite only forming 12 months ago.

Team Captain Christina O'Hare, who makes and sells jewellery through her online shop ChristinaMadeIt, said the event was a triumph for customers and traders alike.

The 31-year-old Abingdon resident said: "It's such a great event as everyone is really positive.

"They all say that Oxford needs more of these.

"I didn't realise how much talent there is in Oxfordshire."

Ms O'Hare has been selling jewellery on the website since August 2014 and set up Oxford Etsy last June.

The group consists of a collective of sellers in and around Oxfordshire who chiefly sell their goods online, but also hold events such as markets and pop-up shops.

Sunday's market featured 22 stalls with 25 sellers, including Rama Patankar, who started selling earings and hand-made jewellery from her online shop Rasasvada Creations through Etsy six weeks ago.

Ms Patankar, also from Abingdon, has attended both markets at the Castle Quarter and agreed that the positive atmosphere is Oxford Etsy's biggest strength.

She said: "The people were really friendly and took interest in my stall and we managed to get out some business cards so customers could buy online.

"It's quite healthy competition, everyone helps each other and nobody holds their cards too close to their chest.

"The whole Etsy community shares advice whenever they can and that's what we need."

With Oxford Etsy looking to hold another market on the Castle grounds in the near future, Ms Patankar revealed the experience of selling her goods in person was invaluable.

She said: "You learn a lot about what people are selling and what customers like.

"It wasn't so much about how much money we made, more about the experience and meeting other sellers."

Oxford Etsy's first pop-up shop opened for six weeks in Abingdon at the end of last year and another is currently up and running in Didcot's Orchard Centre.

The Didcot store is hosting workshops on creative writing, lino printing and knitting on the three remaining Saturdays in June.

All three are proving extremely popular and Ms O'Hare offered a simple explanation.

She said: "People are just keen to learn new skills and try new things."

For information on Oxford Etsy visit oxfordetsy.com