Historic cottage to host markets

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

A new business venture by a Bunbury resident will soon see Henton Cottage in Australind transform into a marketplace for local shoppers.

The Australind Artisan Collective will bring together market stall holders from around the South West and give them a permanent space to display their products.

Coming from a sales background and having spent the past two years running South West Pop Up Shops and Events, Christine Mogg is excited to see the concept come together.

“The idea is to create a shop where you can purchase items that are generally found at artisan markets,” Ms Mogg said.

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“Everything available for purchase will be handmade and local.

“We really just want to try and showcase the amazing talent within our region.”

The heritage-listed building was previously used as an arts, crafts and tourist centre for many years, making it the ideal fit for a marketplace. “When the cottage came up as a possible location for this particular business venture we thought the atmosphere of the building aligned quite well with what we are selling,” Ms Mogg said.

“We are basing the shop on a ‘collective’ type model where makers rent some space for a monthly fee and help out in the shop two days a week.”

The Australind Artisan Collective is hoping to open its doors early November.

“The shop will be open seven days a week at this stage, excluding major public holidays.”

“We are hoping to attract visitors in the region and provide a shop where people can purchase unique, handmade items.”

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