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Suitcase Rummage is a new addition to the Jumpers and Jazz calendar this year.
Suitcase Rummage is a new addition to the Jumpers and Jazz calendar this year. Contributed

SUITCASE Rummage - the mini-scaled market where stallholders lug their goods for sale in suitcases - will make its Darling Downs debut at Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival on July 27.

Suitcase stallholders are invited to register now for Suitcase Rummage, and virtually anything goes - so long as it fits in a suitcase.

Whether vintage knick-knacks, home-made arts and crafts or even cookery, second-hand clothing and other tricketry - the more creative and the more wacky, the better.

It will be one of the highlight features of the Saturday Stroll n' Swing on the finale weekend when festival-goers can wander Warwick's CBD visiting art exhibitions and taking in plenty of jazz, street performances and local shopping.

Suitcase Rummage creators Isabel FitzGerald and Daniele Constance coined the idea over a cup of tea.

"Suitcase Rummage is aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second-hand marketeers and focuses on fostering Australia's entry-level entrepreneurs and their locally produced, handmade, recycled and up-cycled products - from a suitcase," Ms FrizGerald said.

"We're expecting some of our regular stallholders to make the journey out to Warwick, but we are looking forward to seeing what local suitcase stallholders might come up with.

"As lots of our stallholders are craft artisans and emerging artists, Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival and its affinity with craft and textile art was a perfect fit for Suitcase Rummage.

"We've seen lots of incredible goods sold through Suitcase Rummage such as an adult-sized cow costume, retro-style cake stand constructed using old records, exquisite hand-made frocks and stationery, hand-felted heart brooch, handmade plants in old cake tins and tea pots and hand-crafted soy candles."

Ms Constance says punters are encouraged to bargain, swap, or brave an old-fashioned haggle.

"Suitcase Rummage is designed to encourage communities to engage in ethical exchange and promote local arts and crafts and do-it-yourself entrepreneurs," she said.

"Mass-produced is definitely taboo and not allowed at Suitcase Rummage as our buyers are usually avid thrift or vintage shoppers and admirers of arts and crafts.

"It's pretty exciting to have Suitcase Rummage staged in the midst of an outdoor art exhibition such as the Jumpers and Jazz 'Tree Jumper' exhibition. In fact, I couldn't think of a more appropriate backdrop."


Since starting in Brisbane in 2010, Suitcase Rummage has become renowned for its colourful bazaar-like market atmosphere and is now staged in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Gold Coast and festivals around Australia.

Stallholder places are limited so potential suitcase stall holders are encouraged to register quickly.


  • What: Suitcase Rummage @ Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival, Saturday Stroll n' Swing
  • When: 9am-3.30pm, Saturday, 27 July
  • Where: Retro Alley, Palmerin Street, Warwick
  • How to register: Visit http://www.suitcase-rummage.blogspot.com
  • Cost: FREE entry or $25 to register as a 'stall/suitcase holder'

Topics:  jumpers and jazz in july festival

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