TO MAR­KET TO MAR­KET: Your guide to the Sunshine Coast mar­kets

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THRIFTY shop­pers with an ap­petite for buy­ing lo­cally just got served a two-course meal on a sil­ver plate, with the an­nounce­ment that the Sunshine Coast Col­lec­tive Mar­kets will be held twice a month in their pop­u­lar Coolum home.

Mar­ket or­gan­is­ers Matt and Kelsey Cheetham said af­ter the en­thu­si­asm from stallholders and mar­ket-goers, they had de­cided to make the mar­kets a fort­nightly af­fair on the sec­ond and fourth Sun­day of each month.

“We’ve found our mar­ket to be re­ally sup­port­ive,” Kelsey said.

“I find our stalls are al­ways talk­ing about sup­port­ing small busi­nesses.

“And be­cause we push that so hard, our stalls re­ally push each other as well.

“It’s the whole at­mos­phere. “If the stalls feel sup­ported and ex­cited, then cus­tomers are go­ing to feel that, too.”

The hus­band and wife took over the reins of the lo­cal-fo­cused mar­kets a year ago.

Af­ter find­ing a new home at Coolum State School’s oval and re­brand­ing with a new logo that cap­tures the essence of the com­mu­nity mar­ket, they’re strength­en­ing their roots as a hub for the re­gion.

“We’ve def­i­nitely grown,” Kelsey said.

“Last mar­ket we had over 100 artisan stalls and 10 food stalls. But we’re try­ing re­ally hard to keep our val­ues and morals the same: all hand­made, lo­cally-de­signed goods.

“We try to of­fer the com­mu­nity some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, em­pha­sis­ing the sup­port­ing-your-neigh­bour kind of shop­ping.”

The or­gan­iser had seen a shift in the peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes towards sup­port­ing busi­nesses from their own re­gion and said she had made a point of buy­ing from her stallholders when she moved into a new home.

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MORE TIME TO SHOP: Sunshine Coast Col­lec­tive Mar­kets will now be held twice a month.

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