Tireless volunteer, Val Wood, helps the Grafton Handicraft Mini Mart celebrate its 33rd birthday.?
Tireless volunteer, Val Wood, helps the Grafton Handicraft Mini Mart celebrate its 33rd birthday.?

33 years a pretty handy effort

By EMMA CORNFORD

TO WALK into 133 Prince Street in Grafton is to enter a world of crochet, knitting, tatting and woodwork.

There are beanies, baby clothes and bibs, cardigans, coathangers and tea cosies.

But most of all, the Grafton Handicraft Mini Mart presents a 33-year-old tradition of selling locally-made handicrafts, lovingly produced by a group of around 30 women and a couple of men.

Members of the group range from 17 to 86 years of age, and each specialise in a different craft. Some prefer knitting, while others favour tatting or woodwork. They all work vol- untarily in the store on a monthly basis and from each sale take 20 per cent commission. This covers costs such as wool and thread.

Each year, any money left over is donated to a local charity. This year their charity will be the emergency services Kokoda Track fundraiser to buy more equipment for the hospital and ambulance services.

One self-declared 'newy' of the group, who has been there for 17 years, Cindy Marsh, said the best thing about the Mini Mart was the opportunity to form friendships.

"Our ages don't matter. We're interested in the same things and do it for the enjoyment of it."



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