Business-wise we had an average day. Sometimes people have a negative association with the word ‘average’, because it implies something normal, mundane and less than good, however I mean it in the statistical sense – which is not bad. I added some signage to the stall so I wasn't forever explaining what the books were about. I also brought along my make-shift speakers for the day.
There was heaps of amazing stuff and I took photos till my camera battery ran out. That’s not quite as impressive considering I only had 15 minutes of battery life left… but I think I got the important bits.
Let’s start from Blue Mountain Pottery where I got that mug I can’t stop using. I went back to take pictures to follow up from the last Tamborine post because they don’t have a website and the only place to see their stuff is at the markets… until now… muahahaha. They always have this wooden table out the side where you can get real bargains, for example, a decent sized clay cup for $3 and plates at a similar price. The other stuff is also all very reasonably priced and if you’re thinking of reinventing your kitchen, it’s worth getting a set of plates and bowls from them.
And if there was a shop that brings the heavenly realms closer to you, it would be Zakay Glass Creations. I would recommend everyone who goes to Tamborine Mountain Markets to go check that place out. Go ogle the crystal-like stars. Pictures do not do these things justice. Not even the professional ones at their website can really capture the glowing purity of the real thing.
That day I came across a small umbrella store that’s like the sister-stall of JB. It was called PenZ-UltiMates run by a couple (John and Shontara) who are pen wizards. They can make pens out of anything. The most intriguing ones were the ones made from food. There was a corn-cob pen and a coffee bean pen that really brought out the food’s visual aesthetic.
Another cute thing that caught my eye was the white flower ring stands at clay.paper.cloth. I have included a picture. The store has a lot of other cute, whimsical stuff and I like how they have a business flyer instead of a card that is hand written and adorned with pretty illustrations. It gives information about their parts and the culture they try to promote.
Renee from 88 Bottles was back at the markets! She's the one who introduced me to Tamborine and I am every grateful.
I have included some choice pictures below. The rest are on our facebook page.