Tell us a little about your background and what path led you to open 'The Collective Store'?
I’m a married mum of two ratbags (Ollie who’s 9 and Rose who’s 4). Most of my working life has been spent behind the controls of photo processing machines and in retail. I’ve always been crafty and about 6 years ago I discovered silver smithing. I completely fell in love!! I worked an online store and did the long haul at the markets before embarking on the grand adventure of opening The Collective Store – a shop that exclusively sells, exhibits and promotes handmade items by independent artisans across Australia. It’s an amazing place!
Tell us what 'The Collective Store' is all about?
The Collective Store is all about handmade and the artists, designers and craftspeople that make it. It’s an affordable boutique space where handcrafters can sell their wares, be promoted and network 5 days a week without having to do that work themselves. It’s about the customers being able to buy amazing unique, high-quality goods from jewellery, handbags and health and beauty items to baby toys, home décor and original art. It’s a great little boutique packed with beautiful treasures, that supports indi handmade. It’s wonderful!
Where did the name ‘The Collective Store’ come from?
The name The Collective Store came from a need to reflect what the store is really about – a collective of artisans under one roof. It really is a little community of different people displaying and selling their unique work.
How does 'The Collective Store' support independent artists and crafters and/or the handmade community?
A big part of any independent artist or crafter’s job is finding the right avenue to sell, display and fine-tune their wares. The Collective Store supports them by offering practical, real-life (as opposed to online) and affordable space in a lovely, fresh boutique. Their work is viewed, spoken about, sold and packaged beautifully, spreading the word about their work and the handmade community. The Collective Store’s only job is to support independent artists, crafters and the handmade community!
How can local designers and crafters get involved with 'The Collective Store'?
People can get involved with The Collective Store by emailing a short description of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an info pack or come in to the store for a chat. The Collective Store welcomes artisans from all over Australia.