Take 2 mums, sisters in fact, with 8 kids between them. Throw in creative talent, some business flair and the result is the birth of a new market, which alternates between the Sunshine Coast & the Gold Coast. The Mamma's Market is the brainchild of Amy Ruediger and Vanessa Portors. They are part of a large family of 7, who grew up with a mum who loved to sew and create for her family.
Unable to find the right market for their own product, the two sisters got together to start a new one and the Mamma's Market was created. It was launched in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast at the end of 2010 and then it arrived the Gold Coast, as it seemed a natural choice which complimented the Sunshine Coast venue. The market also has an active presence on the internet, with a great response to the launch of its Facebook page.
So what's unique about this market? The focus is on high quality, boutique style product, with items and services "catering to pregnancy, baby, children's and family needs". I really enjoyed looking at all the varied stalls and kept thinking what clever mums there are, many juggling their business demands while still being at home with their children. Known as a WAHM (Work At Home Mum), I can only admire what these ladies achieve. The talent, display ideas, printed marketing material and of course the product itself, shows both flair for what they do and hours of hard work to make it all happen. In addition to the quality products on sale, there's food and children's activities.
Here are a few of my discoveries from the April Gold Coast Mamma's Market which is located at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall (Railway Street, Mudgeeraba) and is held on the first Saturday of the month (alternating one month Sunshine Coast, next month Gold Coast). On Sunshine Coast it's Sat 9 am – 1pm. On Gold Coast it's still a Sat but this time 2 - 6pm.
The first stall that caught my attention was due to their kid's caps. I actually stopped to ask if they made them in adult sizes and then found their gorgeous baby and child headbands. How cute does the baby look in the BumbleBee Boutique photo? Their catch phrase is: "BEEutiful Creations for your bump, baby and beyond". Next was the Handmade by Haylz stall. I loved how the handmade product was displayed on a wooden ladder.
How lovely are these knitted beanies by jd baby? Their vintage inspired items are "practically pretty". The baby photo on the Pixi Foto stall made me stop and look. What a beautiful baby picture. The owl hats by My Natural Child are real fun and would be a great gift for the colder months. Another photographer I came across was Melissa Pratt. Her natural light, lifestyle photography and lack of posing, gives a result that looks like the photographer just happened on a chance moment with a family. The emphasis is on the family, not the camera, which I really liked.
The market is not just about little ones; there are things for mums too. The jewellery by Ann Verran, is handmade in Yamba. The pearls are very pretty. Foreva Captured Impressions specialize in casting and custom framing the impressions. I thought this image and those little feet were just beautiful. I cast a hand of each of my children and can't believe how little they were, when I look at them now. It's a special keepsake.
The personalised towels were made by Pepper Tree Lane Patchworks. Loved their fonts and the feel of the towels.The Bra Bags by Goosebump, are fun and a practical way to travel with, or store, your bras.
There's plenty space in the hall, especially if you are a mum who is navigating her way around with a pram. There's also a coffee van and hot food. One thing you will be guaranteed of when you visit the market is the rich variety of quality product. This review is a taster of what you can expect. Go along for yourself and discover more "lovely things for home and family". That's the Mamma's Market byline and I'd say they certainly live up to their promise.
For any clever mums, or dads as the market is not exclusively women only, who are thinking of selling at the Mamma's Market, visit the next one and see the level of professionalism involved. Then think how you can best present your product and whether the shoppers are likely to purchase your item. For more details of a potential stall, contact Amy (0438 875 664) & Vanessa (0409 421 100) or email them on: firstname.lastname@example.org. There's a once off price and rates for committing to a number of markets.
Image courtesy of Mamma's Market On 1st Sat of the month Alternating between Gold Coast & the Sunshine Coast