Blue skies, a long weekend and home crafted goods set the scene for perfect market conditions on Monday.
Stallholders set up at Cargo Village Markets to show visitors what they’ve been busy working on in their back sheds, spare rooms and cellars – we spoke to six quirky creators.
1) Chris Mills’ whittled wooden spoons:
Chris Mills has been whittling wonders from wood for more than 40 years, when he first created cradles for his baby children.
For six months now he’s been perfecting the wooden spoon trade and says it comes down to good wood.
“You want something that is slow growing, hard and very dense,” Mr Mills said.
He sources much of his wood from desert areas “out on the planes” but says River Oak works well and can be found locally.
“Anything that grows below 600 metres along the river banks,” he said.
2) The Lawson’s animal shaped trinket boxes:
Rose and Warren Lawson brought their trinket trade here from Sydney.
The husband and wife team sell their giftware products from their property in Cowra, which they said is a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of the city.
“We’re now on 10 acres,” Mrs Lawson said.
Mrs Lawson said most of their customers are on the lookout for the perfect gift, such as their hand painted porcelain animals or their vegetable shaped salt and pepper shakers.
Most of the Lawson’s trinket boxes are around $25 each.
3) Mother and daughter making magnificent macrame:
Paige Roberts attended the Cargo Village Markets with macrame making mum Belinda Roberts.
Miss Roberts is 10 years old and attends Cowra Public School, she said that while her mum is the real macrame magician, she has started learning the craft too.
“It’s not too hard,” she said.
“My favourite are the wall hangings.”
Mrs Roberts Loop to Loop macrame wall hangings, baskets and necklaces vary in price from around $20-$50.
4) Princess Zia with these unicorn headbands:
Stassi and Zippi Austin were snapped trying on some seriously sweet unicorn headbands at the Princess Zia market stall.
“We’d love to take them home,” Stassi said.
“I’d wear it everywhere,” Zippi added.
The unicorn headbands sold for $15 at Roberta Graham’s Princess Zia children’s clothing stall.
Ms Graham makes all of the clothes herself, which vary in price from $10-45.
5) Mrs Russo’s sweet Greek treats:
Francis Russo was up early on Monday to travel from Canberra with her Greek baked goods.
On behalf of Adams Patisserie, Mrs Russo brought baklava, biscuits, croissants and slices to the stand.
“I was here last year and it’s a really good market,” Mrs Russo said.
“I’ve been busy.”
6) Breanna’s Little Garden Shop’s plants produced for purpose.
Manning the stall while the botanist went for lunch, Jamie Greenfield and Robyn McFarlane were happy to lend a hand at Breanna’s Little Garden Shop.
Breanna Lewis is physically and intellectually disabled and makes and sells her gardens as a type of therapy.
“One day she wants to make it her only income so she doesn’t have to rely on anyone else,” Mrs McFarlane said.
“She’s a great gardener – not so good at weeding though.”
The 14 year old sells her collection of plants and terrariums from around $5-$40.