On 11th & 12th June, Handmade presented 220 stalls to Canberra’s discerning shoppers. And over 20,000 visitors tasted, tried and bought the best in Australian design and produce. We’ve already told you that the market is beautiful and well-attended, but did you know quite how much? The attendance at the last market was equal to the total crowds at the mid-June Brumbies and Raiders games combined and the daily attendance at Handmade was greater than the total daily attendance at Enlighten’s 2015 ticketed and non-ticketed events!
That was last month, but there are only eight weeks to go until we open the door for September’s market. Save the dates, as we will be back with our usual mix of unique artisan products that are handmade only in Australia. One-off designer fashion and jewellery pieces, homewares, gifts and gourmet produce will all again be represented.
Handmade is also a great community organisation. Our door charities raise $40,000 each year, and our stall charities have reported extraordinary figures. Thanks to your amazing donations, the Vinnies blanket drive allowed the night van to operate fully stocked for the next two months of Canberra’s bitter Winter.
Founder Julie Nichols reckons “we could wrap the Telstra tower in the donations we received for Vinnies at the June market! Blankets, coats, sleeping bags and other warm items will go direct to the people who need it most at this time of year, and people were also generous with toiletries and sanitary items to help Canberra’s homeless through the Winter”.
We would like to thank everyone who brought donations to the market, and with the recent chill, we know how valued these items are.
Our gourmet food hall is growing in popularity and attendance. Two coffee carts, three wineries, two juice stalls, nine sweet offerings and seven hot food kiosks kept visitors fed and watered at the last market, and judging by the applications for September, we’re in for another gourmet treat! Watch this space for details.
We guess that you are making good use of your larder items from last month, with sauces, chutneys, spices, chocolates and sweet treats all going into your shopping bags. Again, we are excited to be welcoming new foodies in September and will give you all the details over the coming weeks, along with their stories and maybe even their secret recipes!
And the applications are revealing some beautiful new designers of homewares, fashion, jewellery and children’s items. We’ll be talking to them in the next few weeks to find out what they’re bringing for you in September, so you can start your list-making.