From the wonderful to the wacky, an assortment of many handcrafted Christmas gifts is on sale at a pop-up store in Wodonga’s Liverpool Lane.
Christmas outfits for Barbie and Ken dolls, greeting cards with Bubble O’ Bill wearing a Santa hat and festive dog bandanas are among the offerings at That Little Place.
“I am so glad I found a good location that’s not too far from the original shop and it’s just the perfect size for what we need,” owner Jedda Hindmarsh said.
“We are now across the road and down the laneway that connects Stanley Street with Woolworth’s car park.”
Jedda downsized the product range and moved her business online earlier this year due to health reasons, but promised to offer a pop-up store leading up to Christmas.
“From a customer perspective, it’s much nicer to see, touch feel and browse, so my aim was to always have a pop-up shop for Christmas,” she said.
“There’s plenty for babies and young people, with a focus on food boxes and pamper hampers where you can mix and match until your heart’s content.”
Jedda said there was a lot of excitement from her regular customers and social groups who used to host crafting sessions while enjoying tea or coffee made onsite.
“My regulars are so excited we are back, even if it is a slightly reduced scale, everyone is happy we are back and to see new things and catch-up,” she said.
“We all miss the coffee machine but I couldn’t fit it all in.
“It’s wonderful having window displays and attracting customers who maybe didn’t find us in the old shop.”
Jedda is encouraging people to shop local this Christmas.
“All of your money stays here in the community, you’re not just helping my business, you’re helping up to 60 local suppliers, some micro business right through to your big names like Billson’s,” she said.
“We have such creative people in our community, we don’t have just the same old stuff you would find hundreds of in large shops, everything has been handcrafted and it’s a little bit weird and a little wonderful.”
Crochet toys for children and a crochet reindeer with candy canes for antlers have been the most popular items, closely followed by Christmas earrings.
“Everyone wants new Christmas earrings because the beauty of the earrings are that they are not just for Christmas Day, you can wear them to all your Christmas parties and functions leading up to the day,” Jedda said.
“If you are looking for teacher thank-you gifts or the office secret Santa, we have you sorted as we have loads of gifts under $20.”
The pop-up store will trade until Christmas, with a Boxing Day sale planned for any leftover food items.
Opening hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.
The store is also open Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.