The setting in Abbie Lane Arts & Crafts Village Highfields is akin to a fairy garden path winding around floral caravans, toadstools, birdhouses and shops. Abbie Lane Twilight Markets have a laid back, friendly atmosphere with country hospitality in the cottage gardens.
Aromas are everywhere from spices to vanilla to roast lamb cooking. Your Inspiration at Home have spices and oil to taste and a huge range to buy including Tzatziki Dip Mix, Lime Cracked Pepper and White Chocolate Powder. Tupperware and Nutrimetics have stalls. You can find upmarket kids' clothing, ladies shoes and dresses. The Scentsy stall began this month showing off their stunning ceramic warmers, diffusers and adorable plush toys. Their wax bars are free of toxins, gluten and cruelty to animals. They are enjoying their third year in Australia and also have grooming and cleaning products. Purchases of Love Heals Warmers will give a donation to Starlight Children's Foundation to help sick children and their families.
Gottabee Country have moved some homewares into this delightful caravan.
The Toowoomba Hospice have a beautiful range of crystal jewellery, sun catchers, beaded angels and shepherd's crook bookmarks. Donations gratefully received. Crafty Stitches have quilted bags, denim and crochet flower pots, water bottle bags, vintage sewing machine magnets and their slogan is reuse, repurpose and recreate.
The lowering sunlight is captured in hanging crystals.
Kids' Candle Kraze have tubs of globules of wax in a variety of bright colours with a vanilla scent. Children can choose their favourite colours to have melted together forming a candle in a jar. Other scents are Ylang Ylang, Rose and Jasmine and Honeysuckle.
Bushland at the rear of the property feels as if it harbours the mythical bunyip, such is the magical atmosphere. Stores remain open during markets.
Charming new shops have appeared in Abbie Lane bringing a strong nostalgic 50s feel to the village, most notably Honeychrome Boutique Retro & Vintage Rockabilly. High-quality rockabilly 50s dresses in red, black, white and polka dot inspire you to get into that style perhaps for the first time. Car lovers can pick up metal wall hangings of a range of 50s vehicles. Memorabilia and collectables are very tempting. Fudge at So Sweet is perfectly heavenly and moreish. They have a 50s theme, lollies and ice cream. The Fairy Dell is full of fairy houses, gardens and other handcrafted accessories
Little Ele's Baby Boutique is another of the new stores with toys, tepees, cards, cots and clothes. Gottabee Country situated in a historic country church, has a new range of gorgeous revamped furniture spread along the shady veranda and some of their homewares have moved to one of the quaint caravans.
Enjoy a relaxing break among the flowers at The Café.
Parents can leave their children in a fenced play area while enjoying a cup of tea close by. The Cafe's homemade meals, cakes and slices are satisfying and al fresco seating among the Spring flowers makes a relaxing break. Country meets rustic industry in this licenced venue. The Lemon Brownies are scrumptious and there's also Apricot Almond and Apple Slices. Music is hip hop and service is warm and friendly. Spices, cutting boards and kitchen items are for sale. Open 8am, 7 days and Friday nights, phone 07 4615 5829. A drink on the lawn sounds nice?
Birdhouses and village signs are part of the charm.
Abbie Lane Twilight Markets are a unique experience. Your children will fit right in wearing their dress ups. Beginning at 4pm, blending into the lengthening shadows and afternoon breeze, finishing at 8pm. The lights of Toowoomba are a pretty view on returning. Abbie Lane Twilight Markets next 'apperates' on 7 October 2016.
Next Abbie Lane Twilight Markets appears on 7 October 2016.