Quirky accessories sure to please everyone

Ashleigh Smith is excited that her business, Ashies Quirky Crafts, has been nominated as one of Toowoomba's favourite businesses in The Chronicle's Town Proud campaign.
Ashleigh Smith is excited that her business, Ashies Quirky Crafts, has been nominated as one of Toowoomba's favourite businesses in The Chronicle's Town Proud campaign. Kevin Farmer

A SONS of Anarchy hair clip is one of the many quirky accessories created by home-business owner Ashleigh Smith.

Mrs Smith's off-kilter Facebook shop, Ashies Quirky Crafts  has earned a top spot in The Chronicle's Town Proud new business category.  

She specialises in custom-made hair clips, headbands, hair clip holders and necklaces catering for fans of Star Wars to Peppa Pig.  

"Not everyone likes the same things so there are some weird ones - they aren't all girly," she said.  

"The business started after my sister said she wanted to pay me - she was getting so many (accessories)."  

The crafty mother-of-three said demand was growing for her products, marketed and sold wholly via social media. 

"I rely on Facebook and word-of-mouth."  

She was thrilled at the Town Proud nomination as part of The Chronicle's campaign encouraging residents to think, support and buy close to home.  

Through shopping locally at participating businesses, residents get the chance to win a $10,000 prize plus a $2000 runners-up prize.  

Entries close on June 27 and the winner will be drawn on July 1.  

Participating businesses that buy a merchandise pack will also go into the draw to win a $10,000 advertising package from The Chronicle and Southern Cross Austereo.  

Wagners, Wellcamp Airport, the University of Southern Queensland, Heritage Bank and Toowoomba Regional Council are major sponsors.



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