BUSINESS BONANZA: Stall holder Jodie and son Franklin Stephenson from Geek-r-ee Yamba (front), and market organisers Gabrielle Hawk and Lisa O’Brien.
BUSINESS BONANZA: Stall holder Jodie and son Franklin Stephenson from Geek-r-ee Yamba (front), and market organisers Gabrielle Hawk and Lisa O’Brien.

Stall holders enjoy exposure of the markets

WHEN Jodie Stephenson started to make her eclectic mix of handmade items two years ago, she wanted to fill a void in the market.

As a mum to three boys, Jodie was disappointed to find there was very little on offer for boys, so she decided to do something about it.

Geek-r-ee has evolved into what Jodie described as a "slightly different" range of fan-based pieces, featuring cult brands like Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Lego, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

"There's wizard's hats and wands, Lego earrings and chocolate frogs - most of my customers are adults who get excited about reliving their childhood," Jodie said.

Using etsy and Facebook to showcase her items has helped Jodie find buyers from all over the world.

Since moving to Yamba from Deniliquin in February, Jodie has been busy preparing for her first appearance at the Simply Handmade Markets in Yamba, tomorrow at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre.

"I love doing the markets for exposure and networking," she said.

Former Yamba resident Jillian Tasker is also looking forward to the event.

After the success of her first appear- ance at the Yamba Simply Handmade markets, Jillian hopes her range of stationery and art prints will be well received this time around. Known as Billy and Scarlet, Jillian started to add her beautiful images to notebooks after completing a degree in digital media with Griffith University.

"I create illustrations on paper, bring them into the computer, and finish them digitally before printing them on a large- format printer," Jillian said. Billy and Scarlet has been featured in several magazines and Jillian also sells her work online via madeit.com and etsy.

Simply Handmade Markets at Yamba

WHEN: Sunday, April 14

TIME: 9-2pm

WHERE: Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba

COST: Gold coin donation (not compulsory) goes to the Light up the Darkness fundraiser for mental health.

DETAILS: Featuring a mix of new and repeat stall holders, food and live entertainment. Extra parking available behind the building.

MORE INFO: facebook.com/simplyhandmadeyamba



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