The Village Markets goes digital to support small business

Never fear Gold Coasters, you can still get your fill of local goodies thanks to the ingenuity of two local ladies whose work you no doubt already know quite well.

Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller, creators of The Village Markets, have announced they’ll be continuing their beloved community market but are moving it online as of this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th March).

For the past 12 years, the award-winning biz has supported over 2,000 small creative businesses by providing an event to launch and showcase their emerging brands, some of which have turned into global success stories (think peonie swimwear, Children of the Tribe and Kivari).

With the closure of TVM’s physical events, hundreds of local small businesses have been left with no regular market event to trade at, so the gals decided to take the event online to a global audience. Which is genius (some people get all the brains)!

So how does it work lovers of all things shopping?

Well, the entire market will be online including including fashion designers, artists, vintage stores, ceramicists, makers, creators and more, as well as food vendors and live music by local artists.

You can view the brands and their products from the comfort of your home, via TVM’s Instagram stories, there’ll be exclusive special offers, unique products all while knowing you’re supporting the little guys during this uncertain time.

So that’s a pretty good time while you’re sitting at home wondering what on Earth to do with yourself.

Get involved via The Village Markets’ Instagram page from this Friday and happy shopping.

Words by Kirra Smith



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