Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Hey Everyone..
Dont forget about our Blog Giveaway which is being drawn tomorrow (WEDNESDAY).

To be in the draw, just post a comment on this post (or the previous one mentioning the giveaway) + email our blog address to 5 friends (or more) OR mention us on your blog/website for your chance to win:

1. A free site at The Handmade Expo as a stallholder
2. A $50 voucher to spend at ANY HANDMADE EXPO...


Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ipswich Vigoro Final Funday..Been and Gone Update


We had our Ipswich Vigoro Final Funday Market on Saturday. We ended up with 26 stallholders on the day which was an amazing response and we have been advised that there was approx 650 people that came through the gate.

This was The Handmade Expo's first OUTDOOR market, so we were keen to get in there and give it a go...It was a great experience to look at and see how it was all going to run, and smoothly it did. The weather was not too bad either..The rain stayed away, however, it was the wind that got us!

We were happy with the setup and it looked great..A Mini-Market.

We did have some feedback from the stallholders, which was very mixed. We had some that had a fantastic day, some that had a good day and some that didnt have a great day, but even so, still enjoyed being there, around other stallholders that had the same passion for Handmade. We also had a great day with handing out hundreds of brochures to the public to put on their fridge to remember to come to all of our other markets.

It is hard being in the first year of doing The Handmade Expo. We really love trying new things and being invited to new and different events, so we would like to send out a huge thanks to the stallholders and customers who continue to come and support our new and exciting ventures. Each market that we do will determine its fate for the following years.

So, here are those photos...

Phyllis from Ma Ma's Craft & Elina

Colleen & Sherenne

View of 1 Side of Stalls (it ran in an L shape)

Miriam from Bubba Chenille & Sandra from Aunty Moo

So, thanks once again for your support. Our next market is being held on Saturday 4th April (next Saturday) at Goondiwindi. So, if you know of anybody that would like a stall, or even lives in the area and would like to come and have a browse and shopping day for handmade goods, please let them know.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, March 27, 2009

See you all on Saturday - 28th March


Well, this will be our final post before our mini-market tomorrow.

If you are free, you should head down to the Vigoro Grounds on Jacaranda St, East Ipswich for a fun filled day of browsing 25 stalls of handmade goods + all day rides for $12 + Food + the excitement of the Vigoro Final.

The event is run from 10am-3pm and entry is Free.

See you all tomorrow

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

PS..DO NT FORGET TO ENTER OUR BLOG COMPETITION (a couple of posts down)...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Ipswich Heritage Faire


We have proudly been invited to attend the Ipswich Heritage Faire on Sunday 17th May. The Faire will run from 8am-3pm at Woodlands, Marburg.

We have very limited space for this market and can only have 25 stallholders. This Faire is therefore by invitation only. We are currently going through our stallholder database and will be in contact with the invited stallholders in the near future, so keep your eyes out on email. We are sorry we can't have everyone, but space does limit us.

There will be lots of entertainment, demonstrations, food and of course The Handmade Expo.

This is an annual event which started in 2008 and they had approx 1000 people through the door...FREE ENTRY and they are hoping to make it bigger and better this year.

So, add this one to your diary and if we don't see you as a stallholder this time, we hope to see you as a customer.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, March 25, 2009



In blogland it is an unwritten rule that when you do 100 posts you do a GIVEAWAY. So, this is the 100th post for The Handmade Expo.


Ok, so there are 2 things that you need to do to go into the draw:

1. You need to make a comment on this post.
2. You need to either mention us on your blog or website (whether that be with our logo, details or just a plug). If you don't have a blog or website, you need to forward our blog address www.thehandmadeexpo.blogspot.com to 5 of your friends (or more if you like) in your address book. (if you are the winner, we will ask you to forward on your sent email)

NOW...what you will win is one of two prizes:
1. A free site at The Handmade Expo
2. $50 voucher to spend at ANY of The Handmade Expos...

So, you have to be in it to win it...We look forward to reading your comments.

The prize will be drawn TUESDAY 31st March using random.org...


Liesa, Micky & Miriam
ps...don't forget to leave your email address so that we can contact you if you are a winner

Tuesday, March 24, 2009



The Gundy market is only 11 sleeps away. WE ARE PUTTING OUT A FINAL CALL FOR MORE STALLHOLDERS.

If you would like to have a stall at The Handmade Expo or know of anyone that would like a stall at this wonderful, new and exciting handmade market in South East Queensland, we want you or them!

As this is our first market in this wonderful town, this one market will determine if we come back next year and make it an annual event. So, dont miss out on this great opportunity to sell your beautiful handmade goodies to the public.

Please email Liesa at thehandmadeexpo@optusnet.com.au for further details on this expo.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, March 20, 2009



Here is another great article on how the Handmade Expo went on the weekend.
Another big thanks goes out to The Advertiser for their support.

Featuring John Robinson, Debbie Smart, Sharon Williams and Julie O'Donohue

Liesa, Micky & Miriam



On Saturday, we had a couple of local newspapers attend the expo with journalist and photographer. So, thanks to the Ipswich Independent for their support and here is their article:

Featuring 2 of our new stallholders, John Robinson and Julie O'Donohue.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Goondiwindi Tourist Park - DEAL


We have had one of the Gundy accommodation parks contact us and advise that ANYONE that stays at their tourist park with the intention of visiting The Handmade Expo be it a Stallholder or Customer, that they would offer 10% off their accommodation.
Here is their business card, so please contact them and mention The Handmade Expo to be able to secure your discount.

A big thanks to Ged and Marianne for this generous offer and their support.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Monday, March 16, 2009


Hello Everyone.

We have been hanging out to blog the success of our Saturday market. We had some awesome feedback from both customers and stallholders alike. So, a big thanks to the Stallholders for their feedback and for also coming every month (or so), before day break to set up to support The Handmade Expo. A big thanks also to the Customers who continue to come and support not only The Handmade Expo, but Handmade as well...and of course, supporting the wonderful stallholders and we know that you are becoming regulars as we recognise your faces every market...we also just HAD to mention the family that came all the way from LISMORE, NSW to see the market...

So, we wanted to give you some fab figures for the day.
We had a whopping 1100 people come through the door on Saturday, what an amazing response. We also raised $800 for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal...FANTASTIC. A big thanks to the Stallholders for donating their handmade goodies to the wonderful looking handmade hampers. Congrats to the 3 winners.
The Red Cross also sizzled sausages and raised a good $1,092 to the appeal. Almost $2000 was raised on the day for the devastating disaster.

The photos that were taken are not too good, so we dont have any this month, however, please keep you eye out in all the local papers for photos and stories...We did have a couple of them arrive on the day to take some photos and we have been talking to them about the successful day. So, keep your eyes peeled for those.

Our next market is being held on Saturday 28th March at The Ipswich Vigoro Final Funday on Jacaranda St, East Ipswich. We are still taking bookings for new stallholders, so, if you are interested in having a stall, please email Liesa at: thehandmadeexpo@optusnet.com.au.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

See you all on Saturday - March 14th

Hello Everyone.

Well, this will be our last post before we see you all on Saturday. We are so excited to be back in Ipswich, it seems like forever!

Our March Madness should be a hoot with Stallholders having a stall sale...this will be visible by a March Madness Sale sign on their stall. It could be 10% off all stock, it could be buy one get one free! These are just examples of what you might expect, but it is all a suprise, even to us!

We are proud to also be focusing on the Victorian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal this month. With 30c out of every entry going to the appeal. The Stallholders have also banned together and are donating handmade goodies to a hamper (or 2) which will be raffled off. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. The draw will take place after the expo and the winner will be contacted by phone. We can't forget that the Red Cross are also sizzling sausages on the day with all proceeds going to the appeal as well. AMAZING SUPPORT from everyone so, a big THANKS goes out to you all (in advance).

So, come on down and enjoy the day browsing and shopping for unqiue and amazing handmade goods...There is something for everyone at these markets.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Friday, March 6, 2009



So, after much discussion and research, we have decided from August that we are going to include a "Gourmet Fresh Section" at our new venue at the Ipswich Turf Club.
We are so excited to be able to tell the world about this.
We are now on the hunt for new "gourmet" food stalls. Same guidelines apply with HANDMADE. Everything is to be grown, made, baked or farmed by the stallholder.

We are looking for:
- Pattiserie
- Flowers
- Cheese
- Meat
- Wine
- Fruit & Veg
- Plants
- Seafood
+ many more gourmet things...

If you know of someone who fits these categories (or more) and would be interested in further information, please email: thehandmadeexpo@optusnet.com.au or call Liesa on 0422876154.

We hope to attract a new and different crowd to our already expanding market.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Thursday, March 5, 2009



Whilst we are wanting more Stallholders for Goondiwindi, we are also wanting more stallholders for our Ipswich Vigoro Final Funday market.

We currently stand at 27 stallholders and would like MORE.

This is also a new and exciting market...an outdoor market which will attract 600+ people.

DONT MISS OUT...email or call and book your site today...
thehandmadeexpo@optusnet.com.au or 0422876154.

Liesa, Micky & Miriam



With now less than 1 month before The Handmade Expo goes out to Goondiwindi, we are calling on ALL crafty, handy, arty people who would like to have a stall to contact us and book.

We would like to fill the PCYC with talented stallholders and give Goondiwindi something to talk about.

We currently stand at 82 fabulous stallholders and we can fit 94 inside the pavilion.

So, email us at thehandmadeexpo@optusnet.com.au or call Liesa on 0422876154.


Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Tuesday, March 3, 2009



Well, we worked hard this morning putting up the sign at Brassall, outside Brassall shopping centre. We have this space for 2 whole weeks.

We don't normally do personal posts, but I had to wish my little guy, Cooper, a happy first birthday. He also helped us out with the Brassall sign


From Liesa, Micky & Miriam

Some Fabulous Advertising


We just had to share this wonderful article that has been placed on http://www.ausemade.com.au/national/articles/australia/hand-made.htm

Check it out...its pretty special.

Also...we were mentioned on the Great South East on channel 7 on Sunday night. Sometimes, we are not aware of these sorts of things, so if you see something like this, please let us know...this did generate quite a few enquiries. You can see the WHATS ON ARTICLE here: http://www.greatsoutheast.com.au:80/gsec2cqw/story.asp?weekID=493&storyID=2302
Liesa, Micky & Miriam