Craft Corner on the main street is growing in popularity by the day, and might soon rival The Dish and the Elvis Festival as one of the town’s main attractions. “Since our move to 227 Clarinda Street two years ago, business has improved 1000% and our membership has more than doubled,” said Rosemary Mitchell, President of the Craft Corner. “We are now considered an asset to the town.”
In addition, travellers and visitors often comment that it’s the best and most beautiful craft shop they have seen in Australia. Located in what used to be a jewellery shop, the glass shelving, mirrors and high ceiling add to the splendour of the displays. The Craft Corner, established 42 years ago in 1974 with the aim to showcase and sell work by local artists, crafters and artisans, has 95 members of all ages, although the majority are pensioners. The oldest member is 99 years old and she still makes crochet bookmarks.
New members are accepted once the committee has assessed the quality and appropriateness of the applicant’s work. The shop takes 25% commission, while members who volunteer to work in the shop only pay 15% commission. Rosemary said the volunteers enjoy the retail aspect, as well as the comradeship, exchanging of ideas and social interaction.
There is something for everyone with a wide range of items for sale. Rosemary said they try to keep up with trends and fashions, old favourites, and of course hand crafted items for the Elvis Festival. “We were almost overwhelmed by the amount of people in our shop during the festival this year.”
Teapot cosies have made a big comeback and are in high demand, while kitchen towels, baby quilts, baby booties and olive oil soap are current favourites too. Next time you have visitors, remember to take them to this new and popular attraction.