Business clicks turned to bricks and crystal clear thinking

Danielle Barnett has opened leadlighting and crystal shop Just Like Lead Light in South Grafton. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
Danielle Barnett has opened leadlighting and crystal shop Just Like Lead Light in South Grafton. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

Working as a sales representative for Bosch Power Tools, she picked up a flyer on leadlighting while waiting for a client.

"I ended up buying the stuff and thought I might make a lamp or a cabinet," she said.

But the passion grew.

In 2000, Ms Barnett and her husband moved from Sydney to Grafton.

It was in the Clarence Valley that her new business venture really took off.

"I started doing weekend markets (selling her pieces of leadlighting artwork) and then did leadlighting parties," Ms Barnett said.

"There was a market for it even back then."

She built a website and advertised her works on eBay, which by 2006 had become a flurry of activity.

As popularity continued to climb online, Ms Barnett set up shop in Hyde St, South Grafton but before long she outgrew the shop.

She opened Just Like Leadlight in Skinner St, South Grafton last month and said she was thrilled with the new location.

"It started as an online business and moved into a bricks and mortar store which is backwards to how most people do it," she said.

She has a strong focus on crystals and sells ornaments and accessories as well as the crystals themselves so people can make their own.



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