A NEED for an artisan market on the Coast has seen two best friends launch The Mooloolaba Collective Markets this month.
Bryn Martin said as a "market addict” she often heard vendors upset their wares, made on the Coast by hand, were being ripped off with knock-offs from outside the country at a cheaper rate.
"They were sick of it,” Ms Martin said.
"They'd be selling something they handmade and put their heart and soul into, next door to a shop that had it for half the price and the quality that came from outside the country.
"It's just not worth it, so a lot of people stopped going to markets.”
With friend Josephine Host she set the wheels in motion for the markets to be launched at the Mooloolaba State School oval.
Council approval was granted on Wednesday and the first date will be held on November 27, followed by December 18 and January 22.
Ms Martin said there were a bounty of markets scattered across the Coast, but Mooloolaba lacked a set date and market scene for the community that "desperately” needed it.
"Mooloolaba hasn't had a market for so long,” Ms Martin said.
"There is nothing like what we're trying to focus on, which is 100% handmade, all local.
"We want to get new labels out there.”
Ms Martin said so far the response had been well received, and depending on the numbers they would look at holding the markets more frequently than once a month.
"We get thousands of tourists visiting Mooloolaba on the weekend and we need something they can wander down to, I think all the locals are looking forward to it,” she said.
"We can't believe the quality of products we've seen when stallholders have registered interest.
"We have so much talent here.”
So far the list of vendors include clothing labels, The Travelling Kimono, Hippie Boho and Moon Lane, artist Sharon Hegarty Art, food vendors Smooth as Fruit, Smashedbros, Twoteas, Mygoza Dumplings, beauty products from Lee and Lou Collections, floral arrangements from The Posy Co, and a special treat from travelling hairdressers, The Fox and Dandelion Hair Bar.
Ms Martin said other vendors had signed up for the December date, and they had more to add to the list over coming days.
The markets will be held at the Mooloolaba State School oval, 15 Meta St, on November 27 from 8.30am-12.30pm.
For more information search for The Mooloolaba Collective Markets on Facebook.
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