Wild Rumpus market a locally made one-stop shop

Woodworker Elise Cameron-Smith will show her work at next month's market.  Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Woodworker Elise Cameron-Smith will show her work at next month's market. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

In response to a growing demand for sustainable and resourceful living, social enterprise Wild Rumpus will give the people of Wollongong a one-stop shop for products made around the area at its Maker's Market next month.

Anita's Theatre in Thirroul was the new venue picked to accommodate Wild Rumpus's biggest market to date. The space will be bustling with stalls of artisan, vintage and handmade products, DIY classes, a bar, exotic food and live music.

Wild Rumpus co-founder Caitlin Marshall said she was surprised by the number of people trying to launch handmade product businesses.

"To have a market solely focused on local makers was something we felt there was a demand for from both makers and shoppers" she said.

"People are growing tired of mass-produced goods that don't last, they enjoy buying something made locally and made well."

The market is all about supporting makers, crafters, artists and designers from around Wollongong and keeping money in the community.

"We want to build on skills and assets already here … and make a really amazing event out of it.

"It's opening up the idea of Wollongong as a destination for well-made and handmade products. We are passionate about showing off made in Wollongong brand."

The market is on Sunday, July 20, from noon to 4pm.

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