We have both been sewing from a young age are always looking for new mediums to create with.
We began doing a stall at our wonderful local market, Yarraville Market, as an excuse to 'get the craft out of our system' with our philosophy being: "Lets only make what we feel like making"
...oh, and the other philosophy is "Cake! We must have cake!"
How long have you been selling at markets ? 4 years
What inspires you? How do you stay current and have the edge over your competitors?
Inspiration for the toys comes from seeing cartoons on tv, vintage storybook characters, and animations from the internet, random things Amanda's daughters say - a bit of everywhere!!
Inspiration for the clothing comes from vintage dresses and coats that Anne made for Amanda when she was a little girl, as well as older patterns and styles from Anne's childhood.
Sometimes a particular fabric or wool colour from our stash cries out to be made into something!!
We make to order, which our customers love - something can be made especially for them, or someone special in their lives.
What do you make? What materials do you like to use? What is your biggest/most popular seller?
We mostly make soft toys using the japanese crochet style Amigurumi. They are stuffed with 100% recycled PET filling, and we use secondhand buttons etc where possible.
Anne sews the most gorgeous vintage inspired children's clothes, using new and old fabric from our stash.
We began making the little fingerpuppets and bird brooches as a way for kids to buy something small with their pocket money.
Our biggest sellers have been the famous Bird Pinny's, our bird brooches, and monkeys - you guys just can't get enough monkeys!!!
Have something for under $5 - the little kids and their parents will appreciate that they can get something from their day at the market with pocket change!
Lisa from Sweetie Petiti has been a wonderful sounding board and friend throughout our market years! She makes the most gorgeous hair clips that STAY IN!! Check her out! sweetiepetiti.com.au
Tell us, as a stallholder 1 thing at a market you SHOULDN'T do?
Display things poorly. It is difficult, and often a work in progress, but try to take some time to display your product thoughtfully.
Potential buyers will walk right past if your items don't look attractive.
Your website, blog, facebook page, twitter etc...
or you can email us email@example.com
Being asked to appear at The Melbourne Show handmade market area last year. And we love getting repeat customers!!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
At Yarraville Market crocheting monkeys (: We would love to be featured in small boutique stores in the future too.
How can YM help you to achieve your goals?
With big advertising throughout the Yarraville Village, so the locals know the market is on, and attend regularly.
They launched Greediebird! And Lou & Karen are amazingly flexible and forgiving of our, at times, unorganised market lives (:
Plus, who wouldn't want to go to Yarraville on a Saturday, grab a coffee, see a movie at The Sun and buy some gorgeous things at Yarraville Market??
Amanda and Anne have kindly donated Otis the Bear for us to giveaway (see below).
He is valued at $22 and he stands at about 35cm.To be in the draw to win this gorgeous prize, simply comment on the blog or our facebook page from now until this Saturday (or sign up at the market) and we will pop your name in the box of potentials!
Thankyou Amanda and Anne - see you both on Saturday !