Crazy dollar? killing markets
IMPORTED crafts sold through "crazy dollar" shops were killing the livelihood of genuine artists trying to sell their wares at local markets.
That was the opinion of one stallholder at Kingscliff beachside markets yesterday selling unique gifts and decorations made of hand painted tiles.
Currumbin artist Anna Ballara said she cannot buy the material she needs to make her craft goods for the prices charged at the flourishing discount stores.
"It is very difficult to compete with that sort of mass-marketing," she said.
"All we can do is offer unique products at our own markets."
Anna said she has been a stallholder at Kingscliff markets for the past three or four years and always enjoys the experience.
Despite her left leg being in plaster as a result of a foot-reconstruction ("too much sport") Anna was in bright spirits again at the markets yesterday selling her brightly painted ceramic tiles, made into housenumber plates, wall hangings and clocks.
"Well, it's always a good day out and a real fun atmosphere, talking to friends and eating gourmet food," she said.