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by Sandy Ludinski (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and diversional therapist, living in Brisbane's North West. I write for Weekend Notes, Must do Brisbane and Starts at Sixty. Visit my blogs at and
Published June 3rd 2014
In a pickle over gift shopping? Look no further
I would like to introduce Sharon Graham, owner of Retro Pickles. This is a small business, started at home in Crystal Creek, Northern New South Wales. Sharon has lived on her parents' dairy farm at Crystal Creek all her life. Now that her parents are retired from the farm she and her husband are living there.

Sharon was looking for something lovely to make for her Mum at Christmas last year when she was inspired by a craft tutorial on Pinterest. She and her husband had just completed renovations and had plenty of leftover tiles. The rest, as they say, is history.

Sharon now creates a unique range of tile coasters. The art of creating these beautiful coasters involves selecting your paper and using the decoupage technique. Several coats of polyurethane sealer are then applied and allowed to dry. The process takes between 24 - 48 hours to complete. Each coaster then has felt attached to the back, for surface protection. Retro Pickles' coasters are sold in 4 packs, ranging from $14 - $18 per pack, depending on the paper used.

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Sharon Graham - Retro Pickles

Sharon has different themes for her coasters. Amongst them are retro, vintage, geometric, floral, and comic book characters. My favourite theme, however, is the Golden Book theme and at the Kingscliff markets I purchased "Smoky the Bear". This theme is really delightful and brought back many memories of bedtime story reading for me! At the moment, Sharon says her geometric prints are the most popular.

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A pretty theme, perfect for that girlie gift. Image supplied by Sharon Graham

As well as the Kingscliff markets, and an online shop, Retro pickles can be found at the Brunswick Heads, Coolangatta, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads markets.

You're probably wondering about the business name. Sharon explains, "I decided to call my shop Retro Pickles as I was born in the 60's and grew up as a kid in the 70's. My mother always had choko pickles cooking in the kitchen. I realize it has nothing to do with tile coasters but the name is more about who I am and my love for retro patterns."

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The retro look. Image supplied by Sharon Graham

Sharon will be at Cooly Rocks On this weekend, selling her coasters so keep an eye out for her if you're heading to the festival.
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Why? For a quirky yet beautiful gift idea
When: See article
Phone: 0448 791417
Where: Several markets and online - see article
Cost: Reasonable for handcrafted gifts
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