While in Canberra I visited a delightful shop called Handmade. It is a shopfront for those people who make goods at home and want to sell them by means other than or along with the internet.
This comes from their media releasee: Shop Handmade Canberra opened in April 2010 to much acclaim and has experienced a phenomenal public reaction, with sales targets exceeding all expectations each and every month.
A natural extension to Handmade Market, Shop was created to cater for the plethora of local and interstate handmade talent who struggle to find a retail setting, and wish to sell their wares year-round. Over 120 local and interstate designers are showcased in Shop’s dreamy interior. Conceived and owned by Handmade founder Julie Nichols and designer Rachel Evagelou, Shop now hosts more than 120 designers, showcasing an extraordinary range of beautiful handmade wares from papergoods to clothing, homewares, jewellery, lighting, textiles baby items and gourmet delights. Designers rent a space in the shop over a 2 or 3 month period, and 100 per cent of all profit goes directly to the designer. Handmade Canberra prides itself on supporting local talent in this way.
If you are in Canberra at this time I recommend you go along to the Christmas market. You can find out more at the blogspot here.