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Published March 27th 2016
Kapunda's Little Shop of Treasures
Tucked away around the corner from the Visitor Information Centre in Kapunda is an unassuming little shop full of unique crafts and gifts. The great thing about this shop is that is completely community-run. The crafts are all locally sourced and the shop is staffed by volunteers.
One such volunteer is Ron, who was more than happy to tell me his story. Ron is a local identity having served with local government for 46 years before retiring to dedicate his time to volunteering. For the last fifteen years, Ron has divided his time between driving for the local health service and providing friendly customer service at the Kapunda Craft Shop.
The shop also has an entrance into the Kapunda library, so there's even more of an excuse to stay a while.
I spent some time wandering around the shop admiring the huge variety of handmade goods on offer; everything from soaps and candles to biscuits, preserves, jewellery, soft toys, aprons, pottery and even cushions and quilts. There is also a monthly craft market at the local hall.
The Kapunda Community Craft Shop is a great place to find gifts for all ages and tastes and the best part of it is that all proceeds from sales are distributed to local community organisations.
Next time you're in Kapunda, pop around the corner and have a wander through this lovely little shop, sign the visitor's book and if you have time, have a chat to the volunteer on duty. As a manager of volunteer programs I know how important it is for volunteers to be acknowledged for their contribution.
The shop is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3.30pm. If you would like to learn more about the history of the shop and how the proceeds are distributed, you can visit their website here.