post Community Market

October 24th, 2008

Filed under: Events — newseditor @ 9:36 am

Bring on the springtime colour! The community market in Copley this Saturday afternoon will have plenty of colour, handmade goodies, spring seedlings, original artworks and plenty more surprises. Head over after the Scouts’ car boot sale in Leigh Creek on Saturday morning.


Community Market:

Saturday 25th October, 1-6pm

33 Railway Terrace East, Copley

Stallholders invited, $10 donation


  1. Ohh, rainbow lines, healthy seedlings….. Lovely….I will be there!

    Comment by Mom — October 24, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  2. wow…how colourful are those clothes!!!!! beautiful rainbows to wear and healthy plants to grow your own food. What could be better?

    Comment by di — October 24, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  3. Wow what wonderful colors, is it tie dying????
    Congrats to all who have achieved plantings its looking better than here in the city

    Comment by kate — October 25, 2008 @ 1:59 am

  4. it was a hot day and windy, but we had a great market. The lucky dips were the winners on the day, with fairy, elves and pixie choices, horse choices, lovely ladies choices, and many more. There were beautiful shooting stars, velvet pouches with wishing stones, cards with seeds in them to grow something in your garden. The cakes were their usual yumminess, and chocolate fudge, quandong pies and cup cakes, all cooked by an extra-ordinary person. The ‘bag lady’ had her great material bags, perfect for shopping. The dyed kids clothes and calico bags were beautifully bright. There was bric-a-brac, recycled clothes and original artwork. Of course, Gerry’s woodwork and green glassware, and ‘Od Ghan’ souvenirs were available in his shop.
    All of this was created by a small dedicated group of community-minded people whose efforts in creating beautiful and original articles for sale in Copley can only be commended. Diversity, self-sustainability, creativity and ‘having a good old aussie go’, is to be encouraged in capacity-building, building a healthy community, and an important part of the community plan. The more there is here in the town for tourists to do and see, the better.
    The unique and original articles were not churned out in a ‘sweat-shop’, are mostly organic, done with our own hands. Most of the cakes are cooked with organic ingredients, quandongs are grown, dried and cooked; the wool for some of the woollen articles are firstly grown on the sheep, then spun, dyed with organic dyes and knitted or felted; plants are mostly grown from seed using biodynamic principles. Of course there is a cost for the time and effort put in to these special articles.
    We all are like-minded in our approach to life and what is really important.
    The markets are here to stay. They will become a feature of this town, will be held regularly, and all are welcome to participate. The venture into night markets in the hotter months will be interesting. We are having lots of fun, sharing and caring for each other. This is community.

    Comment by di — October 26, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  5. Sorry I missed the market this month, but I was away buying various parts to get my water tanks connected and operational. That means more rainwater for plant use and more seedlings for sale next time. Also purchased a ‘turtle’ pond to become the new home for the froggies in my garden. Might even manage to find a local tortoise. I’ll leave the turtles in the sea where they belong.
    On the way home made an exciting purchase at Quorn in second-hand bookshop, ‘Dyemaking with Eucalypts’. Looks like experimenting times are ahead and even more interesting items for the markets. Reading through the book has inspired me to want to try all manner of native plants as dyeing medium. We’re getting craftier and craftier! Heh!Heh!

    Comment by Pamela — October 29, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  6. we missed you Pamela, but glad you are finally getting those tanks up, and for the good fortune of getting a pond. I know it is something you have wanted for a long time. Mine is going very well, but needs some work and a solar pump. I hope to get one on my shopping trip south. Do you think they will have some at Quorn? Need more fly traps too, they are getting very pesky. If anyone needs anything brought up, just let me know. I will have the van with some space free…not much mind you!!!!

    Comment by di — October 29, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  7. good news about the water tank, pamela. we’ve got a pond in our shower that we had tadpoles in and we get heaps of frogs here with the summer rains but they always disappear again, back to the underworld. they seem to like hanging out in water tanks too, don’t know how they do it…

    I’ve borrowed bec’s book on natural dyes from australian plants, lets do a few batches – maybe the ones that don’t need toxic mordents?

    di, the fly traps are excellent, get a good stash of attractant sachets to get you through summer, I find that about every two weeks the jar is totally full of flies and it’s time for a new mix. I need some more too, can you get me another 10 packs?

    Comment by newseditor — October 29, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  8. OK newseditor…consider it done. I have to get heaps for myself as well. Dern pesky thangs!!!!

    Comment by di — October 30, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  9. i see we are over the 10,000 hits…wonderful!!!!
    Obviously someone is looking and watching what is happening in this diverse and amazing community.
    Congratulations newseditor and all your effort.
    now, as for the market…………this is a great undertaking for such a small community and the efforts of so few people. I commend them for their patience and stalwart natures in continuing against such odds. I hear that there is an effort to undermine this group and attempts to stop the community market…why???? Any community worth it’s salt would be supporting this effort to bring natural products and ingenuity, plants and produce, art and creativity to its people and tourism. The increase in more things for the people and tourists to see and do in the town would be of benefit. So, why the problems? Is this a personality conflict? or envy? or a control issue? If so, it is time for those trying to pull the plug, to think seriously about ‘cutting off their noses to spite their faces’. This seems to be a very childish response. How about you grow up and put away your nonsense and realise that these people have the whole town’s best interests at heart.

    Comment by Adrian — November 6, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  10. Who are “they” and how are “they” trying to pull the plug ?

    Comment by Lulu — November 6, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  11. hey, hey Lulu, this is a community market page….steady, steady, we don’t want it turning into a fiasco like some of the other threads please!!
    Post coming up soon when the next market is on….
    stay on track,
    celebrate the colours, tastes and scents of summer….
    We do this in peace….

    Comment by gina — November 6, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

  12. Sorry Kate, I missed your post re: tie dyed…
    Not we ‘dip dyed’ to get that effect. The clothes looked beautiful on the hangers and we sold quite a few!!
    Look out Summer, here comes the rainbow people!!

    Comment by gina — November 7, 2008 @ 6:18 am

  13. Looking forward to the next market Gina. Hope you come and enjoy the wonderful produce, incredible crafts, and recycled things Lulu. Some support from the locals will benefit everyone in the long run. By next tourist season, there will be many more unique and creative articles for sale. Something to remember their visit to our small town of Copley and how the rarified air of the Northern Flinders can stimulate such amazing creativity.
    By then we will also have produce from gardens around the town…about as fresh as one can get eh!!! Nothing like the flavour of freshly picked oranges, or corn, or pumpkins….and anything else which may be possible here.
    We may also have hand-dyed wool and garments made by our own hands (which will stay together, by the way). There will be beading, bags, clothes dip-dyed, and possibly prints of the amazing photographs taken from around this area by some very talented people. Tourists will be able to go home with something unique. This should be something to be proud of, don’t you think?
    love and light

    Comment by di — November 11, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

  14. coming to the next market….. drum roll…..
    beautiful felted/beaded dowry bags, gnomes with babes, tooth fairie keepers, treasure pouches, and more……will send some pics of fabrics etc to the newseditor to put up later on this evening.
    Ohh, nearly forgot, also bottled Anti-Negative Potion :
    Expels all negative thought, cynical outlook and gossip just dissipates before it even gets time to form. Organic and just GREAT for the BrainWorks!!!!
    Peace & Light
    Count the MW crew in for Organic Peaches!!!!

    Comment by gina — November 14, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

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