Markets and Community Market Tour 2013


Bentleigh Farmers Market

Markets and Community enjoyed being part of the inaugural event of Bentleigh Farmers Market. The community were thrilled when they found out there was a farmers market coming to their neighbourhood and certainly showed their support on the day.

Walking into East Bentleigh Primary School you can actually see how the school promotes sustainability, they have a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden full of luscious vegetables growing. What a lovely way to teach children the importance of eating healthy.

The market heavily promoted a zero waste policy and encouraged visitors to bring their own coffee cups or use the reusable cups. It was refreshing to see people walking with their KeepCup’s including me. My KeepCup goes on all our market tours. There were long lines to two stall one was “The Little Coffee Van” who were off their feet catering to the large crowd and the second one was the Natural Fruit Sorbet, I was the lucky last to get the Strawberry sorbet but the sorbet certainly did go down well with the kids on such a hot summer’s day.

My next stop was Tanglewood Herbs and I made  a new friend, her name is Eszmay (No, not after the movie Twilight).  Eszmay won a bronze at the International Flower Show and she gets to travel to all the markets that Tanglewood Herbs go to.  Tanglewood Herbs do have a wide range of culinary and medicinal herbs and plants and both Peter and Rosemary were so delightful, they were patiently answering questions about how to grow mint or what to do with a certain plant.  This is what markets are about, where you can ask the stallholders any questions and they take the time to explain everything to your thoroughly as they are the growers.
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My new friend Eszmay.

We enjoyed many of the wonderful stallholders some who are already our friends and others who are newcomers such as Rustica Sourdough Bakery who sold out by the time we got there, would you believe the bees were attracted to their sample bread and one of the customers said “if it’s good for the bees then it certainly is good for us”.

I would love to mention some of the other stallholders, Grand Ridge Brewery, Rayners Stone Fruits, the delicious beef from Cherry Tree Organics and one of my favourites Flavour Station – We ♥ Cake.  I love some of their delicious flavours especially the carrot cake, it is simply divine.

With the community, school, and even the local parliamentary ministers behind the market, Bentleigh Farmers Market has certainly had a great start to many years of providing a farmers market to the locals and also supporting the school and sustainability.

You can check out Bentleigh Farmers Market on our website here.

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Croydon Farmers Market


Market Tours No: 3 – Visited 11th April 2012

Croydon Farmers Market which is run by the Regional Farmers Market is a lovely little farmers market with delicious food.  The stalls are all gourmet with something very special on offer for everyone.  The market is set up systematically where you can start from one side and finish on the other side.

The crowds came in dibs and drabs but like any community market its a place where the locals catch up. The marketeers begin their day quite early, some waking up at 5:00am getting themselves organised for their busy day out.

As a coffee lover, I had my caffeine fix from Red Bean Coffee served by the handsome gentlemen George and Sebastian.  Followed by a visit to Gourmet Bush Foods with their delicious chutney.

Markets to me have always been about getting delicious homemade produce such as jams & cakes, so I got my cupcakes for my children from Gilbert & Marcel Cupcakes & Pastry Lounge.

The regional farmers market have a very strict criteria for their stallholders and therefore the stalls you will find at these markets will be of top quality products.

Check out their market page on our website at Markets and Community.

Donations for Markets and Community’s Raffle


We have taken the opportunity at our exhibition booth at the GO Festival held in Melbourne on the 16th & 17th February 2013 to run a raffle to help raise funds for the 3 charities that Markets and Community are supporting.

The charities are: Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, Seven Women & Bendigo for Homeless Youth.

A number of small wonderful businesses have been so kind to donated prizes towards these raffles and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for being so generous.

Here is a list of the donated items for the raffle.

Sweet Bubba

Sweet Bubba have donated these Mumma Bubba Teething Pendant Necklace and bangle.

http://www.sweetbubba.com.au/

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Val & Luc

Val & Luc have donated this handcrafted Easter Wreath.  A great way to add a special touch to Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/valandlucdecorations

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Forget Me Not Engraving

Forget Me Not Engraving are so kind to donate this amazingly beautifully handcrafted pendent.  It is an original piece and you will not find it anywhere else.

(The pendent is in the right hand side in the middle)

http://www.forgetmenotgardenlabels.com.au/index.html

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Day 2 Day Personal Concierge

What a wonderful gift voucher for the busy women out there, Day 2 Day Personal Concierge is giving away a 2 hour gift voucher for “Give my your ‘to do’ list”.

http://www.givemeyourlist.com.au/

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It’s My Room

It’s My Room have kindly donated this peg which is one large jumbo peg with the magnets to mount on a fridge or similar so it is one piece. People can use it for memo or kids art work.

https://www.facebook.com/itsmyroom

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Elodie Grace Designs

Elodie Grace Designs have donated Size 4-5 strawberry peasant dress with a head band, hair tie & hair clips set.

https://www.facebook.com/ElodieGraceDesigns

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Splatt Designs

Splatt Designs have donated a gorgeous Splatt Doll.

https://www.facebook.com/SplattDesigns

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Love Sofia

Love Sofia have donated these beautiful “Love Lace Shorts” in size 2 -3 along with a hair tie and clip set.

https://www.facebook.com/LoveSofiaBoutique

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KMJSelection

KMJSelection have donated 3 x state of the art glamorous tweezers contain a LED light and mirror allowing you to achieve those perfectly manicured eyebrows anytime.
http://www.kmjselection.com.au/

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Ami-Kay Boutique

Ami-Kay Boutique have donated a $20 gift voucher to use in their in their facebook store.

https://www.facebook.com/AmiKayBoutique

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Arch Angels Inn

Arch Angels Inn have offered a 30 Minute Healing Session.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arch-Angels-Inn/217198428415372

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Markets and Community’s First Major Exhibition at the GO Festival Melbourne.


Markets and Community are taking part at the GO Festival held in Melbourne on the 16th & 17th of February.

We have decided to take up this opportunity to exhibit on behalf of Markets, Stallholders and Small Businesses that would never get an opportunity to show their business to such a large audience of 10,000+ women.

We would love to introduce the businesses that are showcasing in our showbags.

KMJSelection

KMJSelection

Hi, my name is Kim and last year I had an amazing holiday on a cruse liner and stumbled across this product “Tweezers with Led-Light”, fell in love with it and decided it is a must have product for all women. That’s why I created my own business called KMJSelection so you could all have the opportunity to fall in love with this product too.

These state of the art glamorous tweezers contain a LED light and mirror allowing you to achieve those perfectly manicured eyebrows anytime, anywhere. Never again do you have to suffer those unsightly public moments when a glimpse of yourself in a mirror exposes all those fine hairs which you didn’t see at home! The LED light ensures that nothing gets left behind! For ladies who appreciate a touch of bling, a white and pink edition with a crystal button is available. For the gentleman, these tweezers are amazing to remove splinters, unwanted hair and fit perfectly in your toolbox or glove box.

If you would like a Unique, Affordable and fancy product please come and visit KMJSelection at my official Website www.kmjselection.com.au OR my Business Facebook Page KMJSelection and have a look at my Designer Fashion Tweezers with a Swarovski Crystal and Ultra Bright Led-light and many other Unique products soon to will be available.

Round She Goes Market

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Round She Goes is an eco-friendly and award-winning fashion market event just for women.

It’s an opportunity for all women to book a stall and offload their quality preloved fashion items in a fun and friendly place. At Round She Goes shoppers can buy preloved designer and quality vintage fashion and accessories from different stallholders. There is also locally designed jewellery and accessories and even some cool craft. Round She Goes has become a not-to-be-missed event.

Round She Goes is held at various venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Please visit the Round She Goes website for upcoming dates.
http://www.roundshegoes.com.au


Facebook Melbourne: http://www.facebook.com/roundshegoesmarket
Twitter: http://twitter.com/roundshegoes

Langi Designs

Langi Designs

Langi Designs has been my answer to custom designed and unique jewellery and accessories.  I’ve been creating for just over 6 years, during this time my business has changed and grown due to repeat clients and new ones requesting pieces that are unique and individual.

In the last 12 months I’ve grown my business to incorporate a range of hand stamped items in sterling silver and gold filled.  These beautiful pieces are treasured keepsakes to help celebrate or remember a special time in your life.  These pieces are custom designed to suit the individual tastes and budget.  Incorporating but not limited to pendants, bracelets, earrings and keyrings.

Examples of my work and also a platform that is regularly updated with pieces available to purchase is via my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Langi-Designs/312146170515

I also tweet and release pictures of images prior to Facebook on Twitter.  I can be found at:

https://twitter.com/langi_designs and can be followed via Instagram as langidesigns.

Arch Angels Inn

Arch Angels Inn

Arch Angels’ Inn:

A Sacred space to honour: Spirit, Angels, the gift of Intuitive Healing, Master Usui Shiki Ryoho and Reiki Principles.

Our Values:

Always practice with the highest of Intent and Sincerity
Value each person that crosses or enters the Arch Angels’ Inn
Respect Spirit as the highest of knowledge, love and Wisdom
Live by the Usui Reiki Principles
To provide a space for love, light, respect and abundance
To acknowledge lessons
To be grateful for abundance

Facebook Link: Arch Angels Inn

Atelier Brazil

Atelier Brazil

Atelier Brazil is an online boutique that sells beautiful handcrafted items from Brazil.

The idea of starting Atelier Brazil came from my long term desire and dream to be my own boss, combined with the opportunity to bring to Australian customers and friends what Brazil has to offer.

I have always seen people commenting about the Brazilian bikini, the brazilian churrasco, the brazilian waxing, the brazilian carnival. But I, with my own knowledge, knew that there was more about Brazil.

Brazil is the country of colours, happiness and creativeness.  And that is what I want to bring to Australia.

All my suppliers are artisans, they don’t mass produce, what they do is to create beautiful items, with lots of Love and dedication. My artisans are happy and helpful people, who sometimes do this for a living or sometimes as a hobby, just because they are creative and inspired. And that’s the work I wanted to share with you, my lovely Australian friends.

Our range varies from Homeware to jewellery. From accessories to stationery. And in 2013 we are looking on expanding our ranges, bringing new and excited things, typically from Brazil.

One important thing that is well worth to mention is that soon we will have a range of Eco friendly items, with the Amazon touch. These items are made from raw material extracted from Amazon trees, without making any damaged to the environment. They are also produced in small scale and treated through natural process, without the use of any chemicals. And yes, I’m very proud to be able to introduce this line in 2013 to all of you.

Apart from selling online and making friends, we also attend to some local markets such as Como Markets in NSW, where I have the opportunity to show case our beautiful products, chat with people and have fantastic days out.

What I learnt, from being a small business owner – just starting and trying to make my way up – is that you can’t go anywhere without your friends, your family and the people that sometimes offer you help that you actually didn’t expect. These people are going to do things for you without asking anything in return, they will support you, give what they have best and sometimes make sacrifices to help you.

What I also learnt is that you have to be organized, you have to plan and spend wisely. Be creative and think outside the box, research, know your competitors, your strengths and weaknesses, have the humility to assume something is not working and the ability to learn from that and move forward. But what I also learnt is that you have to have fun and love your business, those times you spend the night awake planing your next move, the moments you have to give up on some of your free time to work. You gotta Love your business. That is the only way you are going to succeed .

And I Love Atelier Brazil.
Fernanda Rogers
Owner of Atelier Brazil

www.atelierbrazil.com.au
www.atelierbrazil.com.au/shopping-experience
www.facebook.com/welcometoatelierbrazil
Twitter/atelierbrazil
http://pinterest.com/nandarogers/atelier-brazil/

Val & Luc

Val and Luc

I’m Lorena, I’m an artist, wife, and a mother of two. I believe in myself and I believe that I am unstoppable. I’m the founder of “Val and Luc”.

What made me start Val & Luc?

I started hand painting decorations in 2008, enrolling in a class to learn the basics. The class changed my life forever – I knew straight away that I had found my passion! Drawn in by the creative expression and calming nature of painting, I took every class I could and I haven’t stopped painting since. I started painting just for myself, but then my ornaments quickly caught the attention of my friends and soon I was creating gorgeous decorations for them and other people who showed interest. Then, as requests grew and grew, I decided to turn my passion into a business. Named after my two most beautiful creations – my daughter Valentina and my son Luca – Val and Luc was born. I’m convinced that “Decisions change destinies”. Thus, I decided to raise my standards, despite fear, despite being busy as a wife and mother with two kids, despite thinking about what is going to happen… despite everything. And I’m so glad (and proud) that I did.

What does Val & Luc offer?

Val & Luc creates unique hand painted wooden decorations, perfect for warming up any space or event.

Val & Luc decorations can be customised for a special person or occasion, making them the ideal gift for christenings, birthdays, new arrivals and much more. Val & Luc also offers a range of ready-to-buy designs themed around yearly seasons, such as for Christmas and Easter, ideal home decorating!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/valandlucdecorations
Email: lorena@valandluc.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/valandluc
Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/valandluc
Pinterest:  www.pinterest.com/valandluc

Splatt Designs

Splatt Designs

I have always had a passion for colour, design and creativity.  I learnt from an early age the joy of turning an ordinary piece of fabric into something wonderful on the sewing machine.  So when my daughter arrived (now 11 years old) I started experimenting, designing and creating unique toys and clothes and so, Splatt Designs was born.  I now create totally unique and funky dolls, bags, mixed media canvases, hair accessories and even cushion covers for the home.  Each and every doll is individual and can be custom ordered to reflect the favourite colours, eye and hair colour and personality traits of your little ones or even not so little ones.  They are made using mostly cotton and calico, with wool or even felt hair, and cheeky hand painted faces.   I relish the process from beginning to end, and enjoy mixing and even mismatching the amazing range of colours and fabrics that are available.  I predominately use strong vibrant colours, but can also tone them down to use subdued pastels tones as well.  I love using the mixture of the amazing colour palettes found in beautiful fabrics, felt, wool, paint, buttons and even raffia (the list is endless).  I now have dolls living in England, New Zealand, Thailand and Hong Kong and all across Australia.  Please feel free to pop in and say hi and check out some of my work at

www.Facebook.com/SplattDesigns. 

Luscious Lollipop Photography

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Luscious Lollipop Photography is a high quality, flexible and affordable portrait photography studio, specialising in Weddings, Events, Maternity, Newborn, Family, Beauty and Glamour.  Luscious Lollipop Photography can offer customised, high quality, exclusive print/canvas/digital photo collections.

Owner Catherine, says “When I take photos I look at these not only as photographs, but also special memories for you to treasure and cherish for the rest of your life. My aim during a shoot is to make you as relaxed and comfortable as possible, to try and capture the ‘real’ you!  Relax, have fun, Enjoy a day of spoiling and let me work my magic”.

Catherine has completed a Diploma of Photography and undertaken many short courses and workshops in photography and lighting through various Universities and community colleges.

Over the past 12 months, Catherine has completed a Business Mentoring program with a very well-known Australian Glamour/Beauty Photographer and has a background in Events & Administration.

Examples of work can be viewed through the website www.lusciouslollipopphotography.com.au or via the Facebook Page Luscious Lollipop Photography.

Its My Room

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Hi.  My name is Michelle and a mum of 2.  Frustrated with the range (or lack of) of name sets in the retail world, I decided to create my own for my first born and haven’t stopped creating, offering a range of quality handmade products, at a reasonable price, to decorate kid’s rooms.

The Name Sets and Paper Mache Stand alone letters are 100% custom made so customer input is imperative. Designs and colour schemes are endless so you choose the colours and/or patterns and I do the rest.

I actually don’t start painting until colours and designs are confirmed and because I love creating, I treat each order as if it were being made for my own children. As the letters measure 6cm high, they are a great height for door fronts and the Paper Mache letters, at a height of 17cm, best suit shelves.

In addition to the best selling Name Sets, we offer a further range of items perfect for any special occasion from as little as $10.00.

  • Shaped Name Sets
  • Paper Mache Stand alone letters
  • Art Hangers (3 varieties)
  • Money Boxes
  • Door Hangers
  • Timber Buntings
  • Seasonal stock ie. Easter, Christmas and the list grows…

Please do contact me if you have any queries or would like to discuss something you may have seen on my website. I am always open to discussion and ideas. Custom Orders can take anywhere between 7 to 10 working days to complete so please keep the time frame in mind for orders required for a special occasion.

For all custom orders, payment needs to be received before work commences and can be made via Paypal or Direct Deposit. Pay on pick up is also accepted for locals.

You can find me at:

www.facebook.com/itsmyroom

www.madeit.com.au/itsmyroom

Coming soon to www.girljungle.com.au & www.boyjungle.com.au

Day 2 Day Personal Concierge

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Day 2 Day Personal Concierge – Give Me Your List, Consider It Done

What is a Personal Concierge ?

Hi my name is Debbie Alford and I am the owner of Day 2 Day Personal Concierge. It is a service for busy people who don’t have the time or the inclination to complete the tasks on their “to-do” list. It’s been described as the aunty; the fairy godmother; the godsend; for women, the wife they always thought they needed; for the men, the wife without the … – well, you get the picture. Above all it is the helping hand when you need it the most.

You may not have the time to get through your tasks, I do. This in turn relieves some of the stress of trying to balance health, work, home, family and friends. You will find you have more leisure time and as Logan P Smith says “If you are losing your leisure time, look out, you may be losing your soul”. It is also comforting to know that you have someone reliable and discreet to call on when you are feeling a little under-the-pump – someone who will not judge you but simply help you.

The majority of my clients are busy women who sometimes struggle with the juggling act of work, business, children, spouse, elderly parents. I’m pleased to say that there has been an increase in the number of men asking for assistance lately. I know that some people have trouble asking for help, but in these busy times why ‘sweat the small stuff’ if you don’t have to. There is help on hand and if it still doesn’t sit well with you – nobody else need know you are asking for it, mum’s the word!
(Most of my clients reside in the eastern, outer eastern and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.)

Many of my clients are small business owners. Are they wealthy? No, Are they smart? Yes. They realise they simply can’t always do everything. Because most of them are sole traders, they know that if they experience stress related health issues, there will be no one to take over the running of the business. Mind you, one small business owner said recently “I do love telling others that I have a personal concierge – sounds like I have hit the big time!”

Why did I start this business?

I’m probably no different to any other business owner, I wanted to work for myself on my terms. I looked at my strengths, personality, organisational and practical skills and realised that these attributes were not being fully utilised in any of my previous employment – I wanted to share them with the people of Melbourne. I actually get a buzz out of helping people.

Are you on social media? Please join me…

https://www.facebook.com/GiveMeYourList
https://twitter.com/day2daylist
http://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiealford
http://www.youtube.com/user/day2daypa

Lisa’s Loot ~Preloved Odd’s and End’s ~

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My name is Lisa and I am the Owner / Operator of Lisa’s Loot ~Preloved Odd’s and End’s ~ as a busy mum I understand about making ends meet and stretching the budget, as a child it was my grandparents who instilled in me that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and do I have some great loot in stock!

 I specialize in the location of and distribution of pre-loved (and sometimes brand new) odd’s and end’s – I look for those hidden gems, remarkable items, unique bits and pieces and strive to give them new life and a new home. I deal with various businesses in order to find things that I’m looking for. I accumulate various items from trash and treasure, collectibles, everyday items and basic odd’s and end’s – if I think there’s a market and I can recycle an item I’ll buy it.

I buy and sell with various local and international sellers – I have a high eBay rating and always make sure my customers come first.

If you’re looking for that special, unique something or just want to browse please feel free. My website is www.lisasloot.com.au

If you’d like me to try and locate a particular item please use the contact form on the site, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible with an answer and an estimate.

Although most items in albums will say pick up I am happy to arrange a drop off if reasonable – as well as this service I can also look into postage or freight if required.

Bambina Books and Gifts

Bambina 1502201302Bambina offers busy women Beautiful Books and Gorgeous Gifts. * Surround yourself with Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Dior, McQueen… * LESS than retail prices. Our books are always on sale – Belissima! * Simply order online or we’ll come to you (currently Melbourne only) * Perfect for girl’s nights, fundraisers, fetes and markets! Contact us to book now. Naturally we also have a great range of other gifts – Ecoya Candles, Kitchen Accessories and even for Gym Junkies and Mums and Bubs!

http://www.bambina.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/BambinaAustralia

 

 

 

 

Win a Double Pass to the GO Festival

If you will like to win a double pass to the GO Festival, click on the link below and enter.  There are 10 double passes to give away (Giveaway closes on 13th February 2013).

GO Festival Double Pass giveaway

December Markets, Community Events & Fairs


Victorian Markets, Community Events & Fairs

Date: Saturday. 8th December 2012
Address: Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Facebook Events

Date: Sunday, 16th December 2012
Address: Brighton Recreational Centre
93 Outer Crescent, Brighton
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Date: Saturday 1st December 2012
Address: Panton St, Eaglehawk,
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Stallholders: Willow Fox Design & Sole Kids

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 8th December 2012
Address: 164 Neerim Rd GlenHuntly, Melbourne
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Forget Me Not Garden Style

 

 

Date: Saturday 15th December 2012
Address:Bendigo Stadium
134 Marong Road, Bendigo,
Facebook Events
Stallholders: While She Was Sleeping

NSW Markets, Community Events & Fairs

Date: Saturday, 1st, 8th, & 15th December 2012 (Please see facebook link for the rest of the dates).
Address: Kevin Sobel Winery
Corner of Broke and Halls Road, Pokolbin
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Casbar’s Kitchen

Date: Saturday 15th December 2012
Address: Marayong House Neighbourhood Centre
9 Yarramundi Drive, Dean Park
Information: Call 02 9626 5128

 

 

 

 

Date: Sunday, 2nd December 2012
Address:42 Bannerman
42 Bannerman Road, Glen Haven
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Stallholders: Scented Earth

 

 

 

 

Date: Saturday 8th December 2012 to Sunday, 9th December 2012
Address: Southern Highland Wines
Corner of Illawarra Highway & Oldbury Road, Sutton Forest
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Scented Earth& Taylor Made Embroidery & Giftware

 

 

 

Western Sydney Community Indoor Market
Date: Sunday 16th December 2012
Address: St Marys Memorial Hall
Corner Great Western Hwy & Mamre Rd, St Mary’s
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Scented Earth

Date: Friday 7th December 2012
Address: 24 Boomerang Street, Helensburgh
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Taylor Made Embroidery & Giftware

Woonona Xmas Markets
Date: Friday 14th December 2012
Address: Woonona Bulli RSL
455 Princes Hwy, Woonona
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Taylor Made Embroidery & Giftware

Date: Tuesday 4th December 2012
Address: TheMamaClub
26-30 Spring Street Bondi Junction
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Linda Natalie Jewellery

SA Markets, Community Events & Fairs

Date: Sunday 9th December 2012
Address: Cherry Street, Freeling
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Ma’s Country Crafts & Cards & Frilled To Bits

Date: Friday 7th December & Saturday 8th December 2012
Address: 449 Main North Road,
Enfield, Adelaide
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Chooky Little Bookys

QLD Markets, Community Events & Fairs

Date: Friday 14th December 2012
Address: Southern Cross Circuit
Springfield Central, Brisbane,
Facebook Events
Stallholders: Sweet Themes

Online Markets

Date: Wednesday 5th December 2012
Address: Online Market
Facebook
Stallholders: Indiana Sage Designs & Kids Klosset

 

 

Date: Sunday 2nd December to Sunday 9th December 2012
Address: Online Market
Facebook
Stallholders: Smart Bibs

Grassroots Community Market Upwey


This is my second market tour of this market, (I haven’t put the first visit post up yet), today is the last market for 2012 and whilst the plans for 2013 markets dates haven’t been released yet due to some issues with the venue (due to the parking constraints) we anxiously await the next market.

Grassroots Community Market is a well planned out and successful market, set in the foothills of Dandenongs with many stallholders chosen from the local area.  The market is a handmade and community market, therefore displaying an array of gorgeous products and foods.

I live in the nearing suburb to Upwey and driving to this market, I thought to myself, how lucky I am because this is what i drove past, rolling green hills of acres of land with horses and cows grazing (hopefully not zoned for development) and the quiet hilly roads filled with beautiful native trees.  The best thing is this is only just over 5km’s from me.

Back to the market, well like the summer market, I walked in to a very busy market with all the stallholders having someone browsing through their stalls.  I spoke to my friend Amy from Lillebeart  who also runs the Kallista Community Market, it had been a few months since I have seen her, so it was good to catch up.

Next stop was CuuRLeaV where Christine had her baby massage and pregnancy oils, girls perfect for your little bubs.  She had a beautiful looking stand that I was eying to use at my exhibition booth at the GO Festival that her husband had made, when you put a special touch to your stall it does go noticed.

I then purchased some soaps from BodiLuv Handmade Spa & Produce for my girl friends birthday presents, I love buying handmade for my family and friends, it makes it special.  Had a lovely chat to Violetta hoping to catch up with her at Mulgrave Makers Market soon.

After purchasing some yummy food and drink I met up with another friend from Indie Market Place, Bubidi Boo who makes BOOTIFUL kids gear at awesome prices.  You can also view her items at her showroom in Rowville, Victoria.

I had a long chat to Jen’s Soaps, who also sells at Emerald Market, Gully Market and many other markets around the area.  Her soaps are in shapes of balls and it was an instant attraction to kids which in turn leads mum’s buying these great looking soaps.  Anything to make bath time fun.

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Finally we had a little visitor to the market, this social butterfly really enjoyed the attention of the cameras clicking away.  It decided to land on one of plants of Kookaburra Fields.

I truly hope that GrassRoots Community Market will come back to their roots, as it would be such a shame to see a wonderful market fold in where the organisers have taken so much of their time and love to build.

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Gully Market


The Gully Market is my neighbourhood market, it has been around for over 40 years.  Some of the stallholders have been there for well over 30 years. 

As all community markets you can feel the sense of the community and close knit feel of the market.  Saturday’s are very busy at the market with locals stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables from Tony from Pellegrino’s, his fruits and vegetables are usually sourced from the local area when possible, I love the freshness of his produce (definitely an A+ from me.

I remember going to the market when I was heavily pregnant and stocking up on my weekly produce, I didn’t have a trolley to carry everything back to my car, and one of Tony’s lovely and handsome sons helped carry my bags to the cars.  I was chuffed that he did that and still blushing now.

Another couple of favourite stalls of mine is Pam “The nut lady”, who stocks all sorts of nuts, the Turkish dried apricots tastes divine and she will advice on what’s best to use for your Christmas cakes or even just for your general baking needs.  Remember to purchase a statue from Mick, he has some great ornaments for your gardens to go along with your plants from Wolf’s Carnivorous Plants.

It is advisable to drag along your partner, as he can get his haircut at $15 whilst you shop.  He can even get his dutch poffertjes and a coffee whilst getting his hair cut.

On Sunday’s when you go for a drive through the Dandenong mountains, you can stop by for a quick look at the market before purchasing your groceries from Maxi’s for you dinner, as the market trades on Sunday’s as well.

The market is open every Saturday and Sunday.

It is located at Upper Ferntree Gully Sation Car Park.

Visited 04th February 2012

Markets and Community are taking the 20 Days to Organise & Clean your home Challenge


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With our Spring Racing Carnival Campaign kicking off, Markets and Community have decided to do some spring cleaning, yes, I am taking on the challenge set by The Organised Housewife to spring clean my home.

I would love to share this journey with you and it would be great to see your feedback on it.  You are welcome to join the challenge too.  Check out The Organised Housewife’s website.

23/09/2012

This was certainly a challenging task, I couldn’t keep up; sorry The Organised Housewife.  But I have been everything at my own pace and the tips are amazing.  I don’t have to go to google anymore to find out how to clean something I just go into the organised housewife’s blog to see how to do it.

06/09/2012

Ok, I have not been able to keep up between working on our Spring Carnival Campaign, entering markets, stalls and fairs into our website, and working on the GO Festival, but I am getting onto it slowly.  My lovely hubby is helping when he can.

But I can say I have this lovely clutter free kitchen bench top and it looks so good.  Loving this challenge.

I saw this great post on the organised housewife yesterday.

http://workingwomenaustralia.com.au/2012/09/05/i-blame-the-organised-housewife/

Had a good chuckle.

Started 04/09/2012

Yes, I am a day late, but am in full swing to catch up from yesterday…finished putting in some more businesses for our Spring Racing Carnival Campaign and now off to do my The Organised Housewife Challenge.

That kitchen looks scary!!!!

Getting Ready for Tomorrow 02/09/2012

I am starting my 20 day challenge tomorrow, we are starting off with the kitchen.  Ummm why does The Organised Housewife have to start with the hardest area…I know…once that is completed we can breeze through the rest…ummm off to bed so I can think about cleaning my kitchen….

Oh yeah…the waking up early and making hubby’s lunch was a once off!!!

Pre Challenge Task 3 – 30/08/2012

Morning routines, now I have that pretty much sorted, but I did wake up 10 minutes earlier and even made my hubby’s lunch…I haven’t done that since we first got married.  Waking up 10 minutes earlier certainly gives you enough time to get yourself organised a bit without the chaos that comes ahead when the chipmunks wake up.

Might do a declutter of the toy box.  Get Mst. to pick some toys to give to the needy children.

Pre Challenge Task 2 – 28/08/2012

I seem to have everything I need for my cleaning kit, I do need to buy Gumption (Never heard of it, but seems to be something that works well).

Can’t wait for tomorrow’s task.

Pre Challenge Task 1 – 27/08/2012

I have decided to download the forms and go paperless, instead of the printing and putting it on a folder.  Already breaking the rules and it hasn’t even started.  I am pretty excited by taking on this challenge.

Spring Racing Carnival Campaign


Markets and Community are running a Spring Racing Carnival Campaign.  We believe in buying from our local Australian businesses and what a perfect time to purchase something unique or custom-made for your spring racing outfit.

The businesses partaking in this campaign are as follows:

Shoes

Aussie Girls Love Shoes
Chic and affordable European inspired shoes.

Health & Beauty

Katie Pase It Works
Get your body ready for race day with these ultimate body applicator’s.

Chiffonz
Ideal long wearing make up for your race day.

Handbags

Material Pleasures By Jen
For custom made handbags to match your spring racing outfit.

LUXE by Lulu
Gorgeous, glamorous and affordable accessories.

Hair Accessories

Made By Elise
Handcrafted fascinator’s and hair accessories for your spring racing outfit.

Jewellery

LUXE by Lulu
Gorgeous, glamorous and affordable accessories.

Clothing

Just Plus Fashions
Dresses for your race day outfit.

Chiffonz
Beautiful unique outfits for your race day.

Kallista Community Markets


The Kallista Community Market is based in the Dandenong ranges in Kallista.  It is a buzzing little market with many of the local community mingling together.

The stalls were all busy with customers on this warm and sunny Saturday in the first week of March 2012.  There was a one man band playing the oldies tunes such as Carpenters.  I love my golden classics (to an extent)

I was welcomed warmly by the Market host Amy who has a stall called Lillebeart, her stall has recycled goodies from cards to jewellery, they were lovely pieces of art.  She was quite happy for me to mingle around with all the stallholders.

I walked around this busy market chatting away to various stallholders and my favourite would have to be Tony from Thorpdale Organics Produce, he showed me pictures of his farm in Thorpdale near Mirboo, his potatoes looked absolutely delicious and he gave me tips on how to cook silverbeet.

I know Mirboo because my husband took me there for our babymoon before my little man was born, it was at loves lane

After spending a couple of hours there, I headed down to Kallista tea rooms for a delicious coffee and orange cake.

The market was a bit hard to find if you are a stranger to Kallista, but if you notice all the cars parked you know its nearby.