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Handmade Expo celebrates first birthday

GETTING CRAFTY: Handmade Expo organiser and stall-holder Kate Dyne puts the finishing touches on a hobby horse for the market.
GETTING CRAFTY: Handmade Expo organiser and stall-holder Kate Dyne puts the finishing touches on a hobby horse for the market. Allan Reinikka Rokexpo

KATE Dyne knows crafting things can be a solitary hobby.

But The Handmade Expo has changed all that.

Today the market celebrates its first birthday and organiser Ms Dyne couldn't be happier with the warm reception they've received.

The expo brings all the region's creative minds together, showcasing everything from upcycled furniture and homewares to handmade clothing and jewellery.

Ms Dyne said over the year, regular stall-holders had become good friends.

"People say, even if it hasn't been a good day sales-wise, they've still had a good day chatting with everyone," she said.

But Ms Dyne has also enjoyed raising the profile of handmade goods in Rockhampton.

Ms Dyne said people could sell their items confidently at the expo, without competing with cheaper imported or second-hand goods sold at mixed markets.

Ms Dyne said people would come to browse and were often amazed at what people have created.

The market is held at Walter Pierce pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

To celebrate its first birthday, the first 200 customers through the gate at 9am will get a special gift.

Topics:  birthday, craft, handmade expo



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