On November 24th the Blue Mountains Makers held their third Etsy Made Local Christmas Artisan Market. This year’s market was a stand out event, both for the local Mountains community and for the organising committee. With an estimated attendance of 8000, we thank everyone who came to support local Artisans and Makers.
Once again, our market was held in the tranquil Heritage Listed gardens of the Norman Lindsay Gallery. It's wonderful to know each year that more people discover the Gallery and Gardens by visiting our market.
It was a busy day from start to finish, and a very early start for the members of the committee who had to set up their own stalls as well as bump in stall holders, organise the workshop and kids craft spaces and ensure everyone was ready for the Market opening.
This year we had a great variety of stalls with something to cater for everyone. From handmade timber furniture by the Leura Bodger, beautiful botanical art by Alison Dicken, children’s toys by Miss MoMo’s Heartfelt Creations and stunning jewelry by Madeline Chalftan. We really are lucky to have such a thriving and talented creative community in the Blue Mountains.
Etsy Made Local is made up of Artisans who sell their wares on Etsy.com an online marketplace that connects sellers with customers worldwide. The Blue Mountains Makers are so proud to partner with Etsy to bring about this amazing event.
The market is also a fantastic family fun day out. We had a variety of amazing food stalls including Sincerely Cake, Sorelle Eats and Underground Coffee Roasters. This year the committee made some unique table centrepieces for the picnic area. Many visitors enjoyed picking out the various art and craft tools and materials.
Market goers were also entertained by five wonderful local buskers including Allegra Dunning and Dave James. Children were also kept entertained by Lisa’s World and the beautiful Rhiannon Flower Fairy who wandered through the gardens greeting children.
This year we had a wonderful workshop run by Hanaya Origami Artist on how to make an origami flower crown. The workshop was a great success with all the attendees going home with their very own handmade flower crown.
Children were not left out of the creative making, with a colouring competition and weaving project to get their crafty juices flowing.
This year we held our first “Craft De-Stash” stall to raise funds for Buy-A-Bale, which is a national charity that aids our farmers who are doing it tough. We were apprehensive, but needn't have worried as the stall was a resounding success, raising $545! Thank you to everyone who donated, we hope you are enjoying your crafty bits and pieces. A big thank you to everyone who dropped off craft donations to the stall, many stall holders donated craft goodies, as well as market day visitors.
The Blue Mountains Makers would like to give a special Thank You to the following local businesses and volunteers who help to make this market successful and special:
Colour Art Australia - for your generous prize donations to the Colouring-in competition
Wonderful Husbands - Ben,Tom and Daniel for helping to set up, pack down, bump-in stall holders and man the Craft De-Stash stall...legends!
Jo Dunning, photographer and dog wrangler extraordinaire!
Maria Harding for her beautiful graphic design and banner work.
Of course we would also like to thank our talented buskers:
Lachlan the Blue Mountains Piper was sadly missed
Thanks to our delicious food vendors:
Fresh Corn Fritters
Springwood Rotary Club Sausage Sizzle
And of course a massive thank you to our amazing and talented Artisans and Makers (See previous post for Artisan Stall Holders here.)
And that’s a wrap for Etsy Made Local 2018! We will be back next year with more markets.
The Blue Mountains Makers Inc.