Al­bany cre­atives come to­gether at fac­tory mar­kets

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ANNA THOMP­SON

The Fac­tory Mar­kets have been a part of Al­bany’s in­dus­trial dis­trict for the past two years and are still grow­ing strongly.

Thirty-six stalls and nine food trucks came to­gether for the mar­ket’s big­gest turnout yet for its sec­ond an­niver­sary in Au­gust.

Sinead Howard, founder of the mar­kets, said the growth was ‘‘in­cred­i­ble’’.

‘‘We started off with four stalls and one food truck. It’s crazy to see how many cre­atives we have in the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

‘‘I know so many peo­ple who have cre­ated stuff by them­selves, by hand, and I thought what bet­ter way to cre­ate a plat­form for those artists to show­case their craft.’’

Howard was in­spired by vis­it­ing lo­cal mar­kets around her and wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was ben­e­fi­cial to young peo­ple.

‘‘I wanted some­thing that had small, bou­tique and hand­made vibes.’’

AUT Univer­sity fash­ion de­sign stu­dent Ella Man­hire, who is shar­ing her Bang Bang cloth­ing stall for the first time, said it was the best thing she could do for her busi­ness.

‘‘Peo­ple come here with their money ex­pect­ing to sup­port small busi­nesses.

‘‘It’s helped me get a lot of ex­po­sure and even if you don’t make many sales, at least you’ll get lots of fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram.’’

The Fac­tory Mar­kets at­tract around 1000 vis­i­tors from all over Auck­land and uses so­cial me­dia to pro­mote the event.

‘‘It’s a re­ally easy way to con­nect with peo­ple and get them to see what sort of things will be on of­fer be­fore they come.’’

Emma Love­grove, owner of Huia, who sells il­lus­tra­tions and hand­made jewellery, thinks it is ‘‘awe­some’’.

‘‘It’s so ex­cit­ing. I haven’t been to a mar­ket that is as funky as this one. Ev­ery­thing is so orig­i­nal and beau­ti­ful,’’ she said.

Howard said she and her team had lots of new ideas for the mar­ket.

‘‘We def­i­nitely want to ex­pand There’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment.

‘‘But right now, we’re re­ally happy with what we’re do­ing and it’s been ap­pre­ci­ated by the com­mu­nity and all the cre­ators.’’

‘‘I wanted some­thing that had small, bou­tique and hand­made vibes.’’

ANNA THOMP­SON

Peo­ple come to the Fac­tory Mar­kets in Al­bany, ex­pect­ing to sup­port small busi­nesses.

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