Last weekend we attended the Handmade Canberra Markets. We have been stall holders at these fabulous markets for the past 4 years. The markets attract designers and artisans from across Australia, with many travelling from interstate to be stall holders. This year the markets turned 10 – WOW 10 years!! Julie and her team run a wonderful and very professional market and we are very proud to say we are just one small part of it!
Taken from the Handmade Markets website: “With a passion for supporting independent, small and creative businesses and connecting them to their target customers, the market has a nurturing relationship with its designers and producers who bring a high standard in quality, workmanship and sensational customer service, and an interactive relationship with its customers. Handmade is known nationally as a well-organised, supportive and friendly event, representing the best in Australian handmade design and produce”.
I could not agree more!! This market has been a very important link in our business going from a hobby to a full time business. Most markets attract new and regular customers, giving us time to get to know them and help them learn about the wonderful fibre and yarn that is produced in Australia, however what makes Handmade different is the handmade and designer products that are showcased. No other markets that we attend as stall holders supports handmade designers and artisans like Handmade Canberra Markets do.
These markets give us a fantastic opportunity to talk to people about alpaca and to show them the passion we have for our premium Australian grown and produced yarn and fibre. Over 25,000 people attend the markets over the two trading days. 25,000 fabulous shoppers who know and understand the quality of handmade and artisan created items!
The making of a business is hard work. Lots of hard work and lots of passion, but the making of a business is also who you surround yourselves with and who you work with. Positive people who understand and promote handmade and artisan products are the type of people that have helped our business to grow and thrive!