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Published October 12th 2017
Another reason to sample the delights of a country town
On a recent drive into the country, just 90 minutes out of Brisbane, I stumbled across one of my greatest ever finds - Crows Nest Community Arts & Crafts Inc.
Crows Nest is a pleasant drive, to the top of the range, and just north of Toowoomba. Lots of undulating hills, tall timber, and a township that takes pride in its history as both a timber and pork town.
When a stretch of the legs was required, we parked in William Street, alongside the Village Green and opposite the Crows Nest Arts and Craft Market, expecting to simply browse and lose five minutes ambling along.
Nearly an hour later and I was lucky to escape intact, although the wallet did take a battering. What appeared from the street as a small shop space filled will handicrafts was actually an Aladdin's cave of treasures made with love that spilled over into three rooms. Woodwork, sewing, felting, artwork, jewellery, knitting - so many beautiful items handcrafted by local residents.
So my question is - are Country folk born with this creative bent and does a city slicker become creative by osmosis when they undertake a tree change? Have a look at these - can you guess what they are? And yes, I had to buy one as a Christmas gift for a young niece. (Answer at bottom of article)
We were blessed to be greeted by Nancy on the day who walked us through some of the artists work. The staff are all volunteers, which means that they all have a genuine interest in the wares. We were assured that new items are introduced on a regular basis and that displays are tweaked weekly. Note also that any purchases are cash only.
Crows Nest Community Arts & Crafts Inc opens seven days a week, from 9:30am till 4:00pm. It is one of those gift stores from which you will not come out of empty-handed. Let's just say that my Christmas shopping is now well under control.