Handcrafted goods galore at the Made With Love Markets
IT'S A pleasing experience buying products you know are made with love.
From lavender goats' milk soap and Christmas-inspired loose leaf teas to heat pack puppies and gingerbread houses - the array of items for sale at the Made With Love Markets, held today, was remarkable.
Organiser Alison Paul explains the philosophy behind the "boutique" markets, where profits go back into the pockets of local people and small business owners.
"Made With Love is about getting away from mass produced stuff that is all the same and supporting micro businesses, the mum and dad stalls, which keeps the money here in the community."
"It's easy to get stuck in spreadsheets, collection fees and emails. But when you see people lining up to get into the markets, waiting for the doors to open, like they would at a Myer boxing day sale, it hits you and you realise what you're actually building."
MWLM began as an idea sparked by a school fate, before being piloted at Tabatinga with 28 stallholders in May 2011, developing into a larger market held at Pacific Bay resort, outgrowing that space, and finally finding a permanent home at C.ex Coffs.
The market is held three times annually and has proven extremely popular with stallholders and shoppers alike.
Just Joyce owner Frances Denham said she would not be selling her craft if it weren't for the MWLM.
"My mum and grandmother taught me how to sew and knit. My friends would see things I made and encourage me to do markets but I was never really interested in the idea."
"But then I came to the Made With Love Markets as a customer and saw that everything was handmade by the people standing behind the tables, by families, mums, dads and grandparents and I was sold.
"It's everything I want in a market. This is my market."
Shopper Robyn Butler said she thought all the stallholders were extremely clever and talented in their craft.
"I think a market like this is important because it keeps our community viable and versatile."
For more information head to www.madewithlovemarkets.com.