Community markets for Clarendon Vale

A celebration of community talent will be showcased in the form of three “home-made, home-grown, home-crafted” markets at Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre over the next few months.

On 23 November, 21 December and 18 January, community members from the Clarendon Vale and Rokeby areas will be putting together a series of community markets where locals can sell their home-made goods.

Mission Australia contractor Andrew Doube is helping a group of community members to put together the events.

Mr Doube said it was members of the community who came up with the idea to host a series of markets.

“Through the process of setting up our community garden, and through community relationships, locals expressed their interest in setting up a community market,” he said.

“They wanted a space where they could come together to celebrate each other’s talents and to buy and sell home-made, home-grown and home-crafted goods and produce.

“The events are not trash to treasure shows, but spaces where community members can buy something home-made to appreciate.”

Mr Doube said the three upcoming markets were trial markets, but if it received support there was the opportunity for them to continue monthly.

Community member Michael Preddy said the community markets would be a great opportunity for him to launch his new food business, ‘Bubba’s Hot Dog Box’.

“I had always known that you couldn’t get a decent hot dog in Hobart,” he said.

“I always wanted to start my own business and have a food van, but it was an expensive endeavour.

“I decided to start making a food I love with a small cart and to target a gap in the fast food market in Tasmania.”

Mr Preddy will be setting up his hot dog cart at all three Clarendon Vale markets and visitors will be able to try either his New York hot dog, Chicago dog or Southern dog.

Mr Preddy said he hoped that people who came to the markets would try one of his hot dogs and walk away with a full belly and a smile on their face.

Another Clarendon Vale resident, Sue Briggs, is bringing her home-crafted embroidery items to sell at the markets.

Ms Briggs said the markets would be a great platform to sell her products to the local community.

“It’s all about me being able to get my name out there and share my products with the local community,” she said.

Sewing has always been a passion for Ms Briggs, but it wasn’t until she retired that embroidery and selling her creations became more of a business than a hobby.

“Sewing has always been my passion and when I brought an embroidery sewing machine my passion grew, and more people became interested in buying my creations,” she said.

At the Clarendon Vale markets, Ms Briggs will be selling hooded towels, handbags, mug rugs and many more embroidered goods.

“I’m particularly proud of the handbags that I make, I line them and do different embroidery patterns on them,” she said.

“They are very popular already within the community and I have made quite a few to showcase at the markets.”

Ms Briggs and Mr Preddy will be two of 20 stallholders expected at the next three Clarendon Vale markets.

The first community market will run from 5pm to 7pm on Friday 23 November at Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre.

Caption: Community member Sue Briggs will be selling her handmade embroidery creations.