Category Archives: Markets

A Rainbow Palette

My siblings got me something really special for my 30th birthday in October, a gorgeous blue designer wallet, you know the kind you see on the red carpet. I’ve noticed since then that I am drawn to blue, a lot. I noticed at my first market stall that most of the items I had for sale had either blue or blue-green tones. I realised that not everyone has the same favourite colours so one of my many challenges for 2012 is to create things in all colours, even those I may not love (like gold and orange). Here’s a link to the gorgeous wallet – in gold. (Because the Jay blue has sold out). House of Baulch — OYO WALLET.

First Market Stall at Beat N Bites in Wollongong's Osborne Park

I am trying to source supplies in all colours to support the rainbow palette I want to draw on for the future Mountain Moon And Sea range. I say source because I really do want to focus on more ethically produced products. This is what is in my heart and if I’m not following my heart then my creativity dries up and there is nothing there for me, or for you.

I always feel something special when I see a rainbow in the sky, but a double rainbow is doubly special! May it bring us all good luck for the rest of the year!

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Coledale Markets

Date Attended: 22nd May 2010

When are they on?  4th Sunday of every month. 9am – 3pm.

Where are they? Coledale Public School, Lawrence Hargrave Drive (Princes Hwy). (Approx 50km south of Sydney).

Webpage: http://wollongongmarkets.squarespace.com/

Types of stalls: Handmade, Food and Produce, Antique, Clothes and Bric a Brac

Handmade: jewellery, accessories, artworks, home wares, skin care, cards and gifts.

Loved the hand-made modern wall clocks by Distant Travellers. (Click the image to be taken to their blog).

Antiques, Retro and Second hand clothes:  On a brief rummage through the clothes I spotted a few designer items from designers such as Sass & Bide and Alanna Hill.

Food and Produce: Freshly baked Sourdough Bread, Honey, Foot and veg, marinated olives, organic cheeses, cakes, fudge, preserves and sauces.

Fast Food options: Curry, Chinese snacks (Recommend won tons, spring rolls and definitely the BBQ pork buns), dutch pancakes (Poffertjes), Coffee, Turkish Gozleme and a good old fashioned sausage sizzle.

Entertainment: Funk/groove sounds of Nautilus Music, quality face painting for the kids with photos of the finished product before you pay. Lots of options for boys too. Only $8.

Things you can’t buy: Gorgeous view of the beach, the water and the cliffs on the escarpment, friendly people, great community event and family day out, fresh sea air.

Did I mention the views?

 

My impressions: I had a wonderful day out, we were blessed with such gorgeous weather. There are places to sit and eat your lunch or just have a rest. There is a great diversity of stalls and more stalls than I expected. It is definitely somewhere I want to be selling in the future. Some things available at Kiama markets, some things cheaper to reflect the location (and I am guessing cheaper stall fees). Coledale Public School is right on the coast and I really loved taking photos of the views up and down the coast. The downside I can see of doing business at Coledale is that it is right on the coast and is a little exposed to the elements, probably not a good place to be on a windy day.

What I bought:

Winter hat with ear flaps made from vintage 60s pattern in retro fabric from Carnival Clips $35.

Turkish hand-painted ceramic trivet $25.

Set of four vintage glasses $8.

Two really delicious BBQ pork buns, two spring rolls, two very yummy dim sims and two cans of brand name soft drinks. Around $13-14.

Coffee :

         

There was also a stall with prints of drawings made by an Illawarra artist. I already own one, a Christmas present purchased at Kiama markets. My fairy print in my choice of frame was about $75-80 from memory. All frames are made by the artist. He does a lot of fairy prints and will mix and match frames and prints at the market stall for you.

Links to stallholders I liked: