Tegan Willits of Two-To gives model Leyla McInnes, 3 a twirl in one of her designs ahead of the Christmas Markets in Grafton next week. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Tegan Willits of Two-To gives model Leyla McInnes, 3 a twirl in one of her designs ahead of the Christmas Markets in Grafton next week. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Christmas markets showcase Clarence crafters’ talents

LAST minute Christmas shoppers will be out in force this weekend, which is exactly what the organisers and stallholders of the first Clarence Christmas Market are hoping for.

Sisters Sara and Katrina Filewood from Grafton, have been planning the event since August; hoping to showcase local talent, as well as help people find something special and handmade to put under their Christmas tree.

"You can go to any chain store and buy something, but everyone in the street will have the same presents," said Katrina.

"But when you buy handmade and local, you will get something unique and special and you'll be supporting the community as well."

Katrina relocated to the Gold Coast a few years ago to establish her own fashion label, Neverland by Tink, and said the idea for a new market came about when she was planning her visit home for Christmas.

"I wanted to showcase my clothing but there wasn't anything suitable in Grafton," she said.

"So we got together to make our own market."

The majority of stall holders are from the Clarence Valley, with a few from Coffs Harbour.

Yamba mum Tegan Willits and her new business venture, Two-To, will be among them. She has been making tutus from her home for several months and this will be her first time exhibiting in Grafton.

"I was looking for something to do so I could stay at home with my little man. So I started making tutus."

Ms Willits will share a stall with her friend Jo Harding, also from Yamba, and her unique Keep Me Bears, custom made from pieces of children's clothing.

CLARENCE CHRISTMAS MARKET
WHEN: Saturday , 8am-1pm
WHERE: Grafton Market Square
INFO: www.facebook. com/clarencechristmas market.



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