Saturday, October 1, 2016

Meet the faces behind The Handmade Expo !!

Meet the faces behind The Handmade Expo!!

The Handmade Expo & Vintage Market is run by a team of dedicated people who are extremely passionate about all things handmade! They are usually the people who are running around interacting with stallholders and customers alike, often with a clipboard in hand or a camera!

The market was started 8 years ago in Ipswich by mother and twin daughters Miriam Bain, Liesa Gifford and Micky Hasted. Nowadays Micky has taken a step back and a new face is heading the market along with Miriam and Liesa, Korina Fraser. 

Each owner also runs their own successful businesses, Miram owns Mimmis and creates beautiful items from vintage chenille and all things shabby chic (, Liesa is owner of popular Laidley cafe Three Sons and Korina owns Korina's Kreations and sews super cute handmade stuffed animals (

Liesa, Korina and Miriam

Miriam, Liesa and Korina are assisted at each market location by the most wonderful Market Coordinators.

Andrew van der Beek is the Market Coordinator for the Ipswich, Forest Hill and Toowoomba venues and husband of long term stallholder Kylie van der Beek, who owns Addicted to Buttons (

Helen Morris is the Market Coordinator for the Cairns location and also owns her own handmade business Nellie & the Geek (

Korina is the Market Coordinator for the Airlie Beach location.

And while Korina takes care of the administrative side of the Rockhampton and Bundaberg locations she is assisted on the ground by Sandy Morrice in Rockhampton who owns Sandy Pandy Beads (

and Helen Howard in Bundaberg who owns Helen Howard Your Inspiration at Home - Consultant (


So if you happen to be at a market and see one of the team running around feel free to stop them and have a chat!

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