WITH shopping centres sprouting like mushrooms lately, they all have one thing in common – they lack originality.
Rockingham woman Sue Griffin is the owner of the Independent Traders Market that has different stalls with bespoke and unique items and produce.
“I used to do folk art and ceramics, there is something special about things that have been made by hand,” she said.
It gave her the inspiration to create the market that gives like-minded others a platform to market their own unique creations.
The store originally began life on Council Avenue, Rockingham, but is now located in Port Kennedy.
The new site offers outside car bays used for its monthly night markets.
“The night markets are themed. The first one is themed around ‘hot summer nights’,” she said.
“February’s will be a Valentines, March will be on St Patrick’s Day continuing monthly with a timely theme.”
Open seven days, Mrs Griffin explained how the market operates.
“Stallholders just pay for the space they use for their stall. They don’t need to be here.
“We have security and just one place where monies are taken.
“Customers are free to walk around, choose what they like and bring it to the front here and pay. There is no pressure selling.
“We have 70 stalls and they have some really amazing and beautiful things in them.
“The night markets have been very well attended and accepted. It’s very family friendly,” she said. “Our main stalls sell arts, jewellery, candles, succulents, clothing, fudges, home wares, gifts and more.”
She also has her own stall showcasing her favourite items – teacups and teapots.
Independent Traders Market began in 2015.
New vendors are always welcome
It runs monthly Friday night markets.
The first for 2017 is next week, January 20 at Saltaire Way, Port Kennedy from 5pm.
It has both inside and outside stalls.
Food trucks feature outside and that will include an ice-cream van for these hot summer nights.
For more information like their facebook page IndependentTradersMarket