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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published June 17th 2020
An Emu Called Sam
shop sign
The sign says it all.

Made Locally is a gift shop with a difference. Every item on display is handmade by talented individuals.

shop interior
General view.

You can't tell what the main item of merchandise is because there isn't one, as there are literally hundreds of different items on display.

gift shop eterior
A welcoming entrance.

Made Locally is the brainchild of Colleen, a talented artist with a passion for Australian made gifts.

Sam is watching as you enter.

Her most famous artwork is Sam the Emu, whose image pops up around the shop on many products. He even greets you at the door.

emu products
Colleen with her Sam apron, Sam cushion and Sam poster.

The shop has been in North Ringwood in its present location for over four and a half years. It is situated in an arcade behind the shops in the Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, on the corner of Oban Road.

soft toys
Window display of soft toys.

Knitwear and clothes for little ones feature prominently through the shop.

Small jumpers
Winter woolies for the little ones.

What can be cuter than baby booties? Baby booties in AFL team colours of course, along with suitable sized beanies. Lock in their allegiances young.

baby booties.
How cute are these?

Older children are not forgotten with a nice range of wooden toys.

Wooden toys
Wooden toys.

Soft toys of all sizes are everywhere. I particularly like the number of tiny teddies, all slightly different.

soft toys
Many soft toys.

tiny teddies
Small, but cute.

There would be thousands of items on display. Colleen explains, "I have over 200 suppliers, 28 from interstate, 93 retirees and three fourteen-year-olds, with each supplier averaging 20 items."

Very colourful cushions.

Because all items are individually handcrafted, many can be custom made for you. If you love an image of a koala on a cushion cover but would like it on an apron, just ask and it will be done.

More cushions.

Colleen has an agreement with Melway Maps and can apply an image of any page in their street directory onto an apron, cushion, tea towel, or even a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle not recommended to navigate by.

map of Australia.
Colleen and the Melways range.

Pottery items appear throughout the store among a huge range of knick-knacks.

nic nacs
Some of the unusual knick-knacks.

Some of the pottery items.

Feel like having a high-tea party? Then choose from several teapots complete with tea cosies and a three-tier stand of plates.

tea pots
Tea party ingredients.

tea pots
Anyone for tea?

The palate is not forgotten with a range of honey, chutneys, sauces and jams. I am sure I also spied several freshly baked cookies.

honeys & preserves.
A taste of local.

To assist many of her craft persons, and others, she has a good range of haberdashery items in the form of ribbons, tapes, cotton and buttons.

If you are in North Ringwood, call in for a browse. If you are nowhere near North Ringwood, call in for a unique gift for every member of the family.
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When: Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. Saturday 9.00 am - 3.00 pm.
Phone: 0434 397 602
Where: Shop 18 North Ringwood Shopping Centre. Melways map: 49. J.3.
Your Comment
What a fabulous find, Neil! Wish we had more 'made in Australia' retail outlets ...
by Elaine (score: 3|8299) 408 days ago
I often buy at this shop especially for overseas gifts . You can always find a special gift, and Australian made !
by gerio (score: 0|2) 406 days ago
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