Thursday, May 20, 2010

Australian-made is the way to trade

This article was published in the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader written BY BELINDA CONNOLLY

A NEW mum is doing her part to support small businesses by encouraging shoppers to buy Australian-made.

Allie Duval said she was disappointed when she started shopping for clothes for son Izac and discovered most items were mass-produced and imported.

She started Allies Attic, a market specialising in handcrafted, limited-edition pieces of clothing, accessories and homewares.

The indoor market will be held from 10am to 2pm at Sharkies this Saturday.

"Once I started shopping for him I realised everything was blue for boys and pink for girls,'' Mrs Duval said. "I wanted something that wasn't mass-produced.''

Items from local businesses including Tippy Toes, Cheeky Chickies and Blucy are sold at the markets.

"I was quite passionate about starting a market that would support small businesses and mums working at home,'' Mrs Duval said.

She spent several months researching designers at different markets to ensure the right mix of stalls. Her research paid off, with many shoppers commenting on the beautiful quality of clothing.

To make the shopping experience even more relaxing a craft table is set up to keep little hands busy.

"The support we're getting in the shire is just fantastic,'' Mrs Duval said. "There's definitely a need for it; there's not a lot out there like what we've got.''

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trends This Season....

I love winter fashion.. all the scarfs, coats, boots and especially hats - so much more can be done in winter and unlike summer, layering is so much more fun.

It's also true in winter, rugging up also means keeping warm.. I'm already on the hunt for a new winter coat and I can never have enough hats... I think I'm up to 9 but honestly who's counting.. some collect shoes.. its hats for yours truly and more often than not covers a bad hair day happening which is very frequently the case as a working mummy on the run.

You can imagine how excited I am that our dee-licious markets are just around the corner where I know I'll find lots of winter warmers for my little one and also presents for a few birthday's I have coming up. I just love this outfit pictured here by Sydney designer Cheeky Chickies... I love how well key pieces and layering bring such fun to an outfit! Girls no longer need to be wearing pink, pink and more pink to look pretty! Tell us how layering works for you in Winter.. We'd love to hear all about it.

The only handmade market in the Shire for little people, Allies Attic is where you'll find lots of little surprises ranging from beautiful clothing and accessories for baby and kids. Best of all, designer no longer means it has to have the price tag to boot, its retail handmade heaven at affordable prices!

10am - 2pm Saturday 22 May, 2010
Cronulla Sutherland Leagues Club
461 Captain Cook Drive Cronulla NSW

kids can play in our Kraft Korner whilst you shop!