I’m really excited to let you all know that as of September 2016, select Red Instead products will be stocked in a beautiful store in Canberra city called Trove Canberra.
Trove is a collective of Canberra artists and designers, run as a co-operative, and provides a shopfront space for some of the most beautiful handcrafted creations in Canberra. I’m proud to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to getting involved in this lovely community of artisans.
Each designer is allocated a bay for their products and as part of the arrangement, we each work a day in the shop – which is a great way to chat to our customers and feel a part of the collective of Canberra crafters and designers. I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut the necklace bust displays from heavy (600gsm) cardstock and my husband made me a hanging rail for the longer necklaces. I’m very happy with how my display turned out.
The Trove Canberra Cooperative Ltd was established in 2014 by a group of Canberra region crafters, brought together through the Canberra Etsy sellers group. The idea of opening their own brick and mortar shop, selling handcrafted goods and interacting face-to-face with lovely customers was enticing, and so Trove Canberra was registered as a not-for-profit cooperative – setting up their first store in August 2014.
Now, fast forward two years and Trove Canberra is a thriving, creative community of almost 30 makers who have big plans for the future. Moving to the new Civic store (upstairs in the Garema Centre, which is near Gus’s Cafe and opposite Cream Cafe in Garema Place, Canberra City) in May 2016 marked the beginning of an exciting period of growth for Trove.
Trove members create a wide range of handcrafted products, each specialising in their own particular medium, with everything made in Australia. For an introduction to Trove’s current designers, visit the Our Designers page which has links to a profile on each maker.
Of course I will continue to sell my handcrafted jewellery and other items here on my own website as well, but it sure is great to be stocked in such a lovely store here in Canberra as well.
Another great reason to love Trove is that they (we!) run regular events for the community, such as Knitting in Public Day and the regular Create with Trove monthly event (where you can bring along your WIP, and craft and chat with other lovely people while you work on your latest crafty project) to Christmas in July, and seasonal special shopping events.
In fact, this weekend on Saturday 3 September 2016, there is a Welcome Spring shopping event which will be held in store from 4pm to 7pm. There will be drinks and nibbles available to enjoy while you chat and shop, so come and join us to celebrate the change of season and meet the Trove makers. You’ll be able to purchase gorgeous locally handmade items on the day as well as beautiful spring blooms from Field & Coppice, a local Canberra botanical design studio. I’ll be there and I’d love to see you too.
If you’re in Canberra, pop in to the Trove store in Civic and have a look at all the wonderful items for sale.
Level 1, Garema Centre
70 Bunda Street
Find Trove upstairs in the Garema Centre, which is near Gus’s Cafe and opposite Cream Cafe in Garema Place, Canberra City.
Opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday, with late night shopping on Fridays until 8pm.
The Garema Centre has entries on both the north west corner of Garema Place and on Bunda Street, opposite the North Quarter of the Canberra Centre. We are at the top of the stairs on the first floor near the Shogun Restaurant. There is also elevator access.
Convenient parking is located in the North Quarter of the Canberra Centre. Enter the underground carpark from Narellan Street and exit the Canberra Centre between Jamie’s Italian and Wood & Coal. The Bunda Street entrance to the Garema Centre is just across the road.