We chat to Handmade founder Julie Nichols about her online spring market happening on Saturday 26 September and learn what’s on her coveted ‘must buy’ list.
'We had a whole six days to get the first one across the line but we got there. The online markets have been remarkably like our real-life markets, from customer excitement, thousands of hits to the website, peaks and troughs throughout the day including 'lunch breaks' plus incredible sales for our Australian-made designers. We had 29,000 unique customers from all over Australia and quite a few from overseas as well looking for Australian made. Over the course of the first online market we had an amazing 195,000 page views. We were blown away with how wonderfully supportive everyone is.'
'You are invited to shop from the comfort of your living room, on Saturday 26 September via our Handmade Canberra website. Most designers have special market-day offers that won't be visible or available until we 'go live' at 9am all the way through until 9pm. Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. You can start making your shopping list by visiting our directory to see who is 'coming' on the day. Purchases are made directly with the stallholder.'
'Ohh, that's a tough one! It's a tight race between skin care products and homewares. Given the amount of time people are spending at home the desire to practice self-care and spruce up the 'home office' is real... handmade products are flying out the door!'
3. A new outfit for your wardrobe to help hurry spring along.
4. A folding picnic wine table to help transition into staycations.
5. Take up a new hobby or send a care package to a friend in Melbourne.
'It would have to be a 3D scanned lifetime wooden portrait! Did somebody say gift idea?'
'meets the eye... it's unique and our Canberra customers are fabulously loyal!'Get shopping