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FIRED UP: Market organisers Carly Mill with her daughter, Scarlett. Photo: Georja Ryan
FIRED UP: Market organisers Carly Mill with her daughter, Scarlett. Photo: Georja Ryan

AFTER little more than 24 hours online, the Valley Handmade Boutique Market Facebook page already had more than 250 likes.

Market organiser Carly Mill is hoping the initial interest on social media will translate into real life for Grafton's first exclusively handmade market day, planned for Sunday, November 17 in South Grafton.

"I couldn't believe it; the page kind of exploded," she said after launching it on September 15.

"There really aren't a lot of markets on offer in Grafton and I think everyone loves something handmade and unique and also Austra- lian-made."

Carly, who is a stall- holder herself and makes her own handmade jewellery from her home in South Grafton, says she's already taken a lot of inquiries from interested stallholders.

"So far we have about 25 who have expressed interest and these include things like children's clothes, up-cycled furniture, millinery, patchwork and photography," she said.

"But I'm trying to be a little selective. I don't want to have too many of the same type of stalls," she said.

"I'd like to see more handmade items for boys as well as girls; and not just for kids either.

"There are a lot of talented people out there; it's just a matter of finding them."

On The Daily Examiner Facebook page, Judy Atkinson said she loved the idea when Carly announced it last week.

"There are so many talented, creative people in the Clarence Valley who would benefit from exposure in their own community.

"It helps keep our dollar in our area," Judy said.

The first Valley Made Boutique Market will be held at the South Grafton Ex-Services Club on Sunday, November 17, 9am-2pm.



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