The Makers’ Market began in 2013 as a small suitcase market at Thirroul Community Centre. We baked cakes to sell, and invited locals to sell their wares out of cases on the ground.
This first event raised the cash for Wild Rumpus to build a website and purchase an insurance policy!
But what we noticed about this event was how many amazing makers there were in the community. And the Makers’ Market was born. It outgrew the Thirroul Community Centre, to move to the dazzling Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul, which it quickly outgrew there too.
Wollongong Town Hall brought together the final outings of this event, showcasing hundreds of Illawarra artists, makers and artisans. The final market was such a joyful celebration of our community of makers, and it is always such a great event of social connection. We have seen over 300 first-time stallholders launch their products at this event. And many of these have continued on to establish their own business and do other local markets. We have seen over 600 makers attend this event, and many more apply to be a part of it. The hardest part was saying no!
After 4 years, we have made the decision to end this wonderful event on a high! Wild Rumpus has been expanding our skillshare class program, taking on new projects working with community groups, launched an annual creative escape weekend, and lots more. It’s time for fresh, new, fun things.
So thank you! Thank you to all the people that came to this event, supported local makers, attended popup classes. Thank you to all the amazing Makers and Artists, we have loved working with you! Thank you to all the musicians who rocked the Music Lounge, foodies who kept everyone full, volunteers who we couldn’t have done the event without!