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QCWA Christmas Mini Market

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by Rachel Timmins (subscribe)
I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Savings & preserves galore
Christmas angel
A Christmas welcome.
The Market

A smaller market but heavily laden with goodies beckons you to the tables to find a Christmas gift at budget prices.

Inside the hall you will find hand-turned wood in a wide range of items including cutting boards, locally produced honey, knitted and lacy home wares. Brand cosmetics were going at a reasonable price. Chutneys, preserves and mustards were well represented.

A large oil painting depicting gum trees anticipating a storm, rested beside another oil of sulphur-crested cockatoos. Antique china, special pieces of bric-a-brac, pre-loved and new items adorned some of the stalls.

QCWA mini markets
Pre-loved & new items at the QCWA mini Christmas market.

Stunning hand-made cards at $4 each were created by Beverlei Voss, who has never made the same card design twice. Have a chat for an inspiring account of Beverlei's battle with a rare cancer while being regaled by her great humour. Cards emblazoned 'Merry Birthday' are a find for those who sometimes miss out on the usual two gifts presented to those whose birthday doesn't fall near Christmas.
QCWA stall holders
Beverlei's Creations, Cards for Every Occasion, are lovely & unique, beside great value cosmetics.

Devonshire Tea

Fresh homemade scones in pumpkin, plain and date, were scrumptious. Coffee was brewed for rich flavour and the tea was refreshing. Quaint seating was inviting to put your feet up from shopping around the Margaret Street area. For $6 you could skip your favourite cafe for a change.


The Queensland Country Women's Association was established in the early 1920s with branches in small towns near railway stations and also at beach locations. They were (and still are) places where women met, enjoyed friendships and fed their children. Medical and dental services were also provided. There are still some cottages, hostels and units operating at coastal locations.

Until 1999 relief housing for families was provided at little or no cost. At the Brisbane Exhibition, QCWA provided food and served as judges, stewards and competitors in the pavilions with cooking, handcraft and floral art.

Many other services are offered by these wonderful women to those in crisis, including public rural crisis funding and aged care. They also have their own choir.

The markets attracted both young and older customers and has been running for eight years.

See the QCWA website for more details on how you can become involved or drop in for a chat and a cup of tea.
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Why? Christmas shopping on a budget.
When: 9am-2pm
Phone: 07 4634 4950
Where: 263 Margaret Street, Toowoomba
Cost: Free
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