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With talented buskers sawing away on their violins and pavement artists creating their next masterpiece, if you wander through the bustle and buzz of the Eumundi Markets, you will glean a real sense of the talent that goes behind the homemade goods.
Starting back in 1979, the market is guided by an ethos of “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”. Today, you’ll find over 600 stalls of original artworks, homewares, fashion, food and crafts by local designers. Operating on a Wednesday and Saturday morning, if you go to the market, I recommend you check out these five ‘must visit’ stalls.
Ahh – there is nothing quite like the smell and feel of leather. Ali Adams has been at the Eumundi Markets for over 25 years and handcrafts her seriously gorgeous leatherware in her Kin Kin studio – hence the business name! She uses only quality vegetable tanned kangaroo hide leather - a material she says is a privilege to work with for its strength and durability. Discover Ali's handbags, backpacks, briefcases, wallets, purses and women's dress belts on your next visit.
Kin Kin Leather
A self-taught soap maker, Kareena Rodwell’s soaps look good enough to eat! Soap and smell has always been her passion and she has developed over 150 different soap scents. Kareena with assistance from husband Bryan (he makes the moulds and assists on the stall of a Saturday) has been a regular at Eumundi for over eight years. The soaps are made from the highest quality of natural products that include: rice bran oil, local olive, soya bean, coconut oil, cottonseed oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.
My Soap. Looks good enough to eat doesn't it?
Still hungry from visiting the last stall? Then pop down to Hermitage Country Crafts for delicious homemade bread, cakes, muffins, quiches, biscuits, muesli, antipasto, pickles, chutneys, jams, sauces, pestos, herbs, vegetables, fruit and eggs. Cookie has been at Eumundi since the beginning and makes all the items from scratch. They are also preservative and chemical free!
Hermitage Country Crafts
It all starts with a sketch inspired by nature! Elaine has incorporated her coastal influences and love for Queensland into her distinctive approach of creating truly unique designs for fabric with her designs printed onto a number of fabrics; cotton, linen, cotton voile and eco-canvas to name a few. Elaine uses the fabrics to make beautiful quality pieces including cushions, pouches, fabric baskets, tea towels, scarves and beach bags and more.
Sunnyblue Designs. Unique fabric designs and quality pieces you'll love.
John has been making bird houses out of recycled wood, corrugated iron and discarded materials for 17 years and won’t be slowing down any time soon. The best part is venturing out into bush or local tips to collect the material with his two collie dogs. He can recycle the materials to create four small birdhouses or feeders in one hour or a large creation usually takes up to four hours. John reckons the most popular type is always a version that includes a dunny!
Eumundi Birdhouses bring all the birds to the yard.