Uncover vintage treasures in biggest rummage yet
SUITCASE rummagers will be spoiled for choice today, with handmade and vintage wares set to be sprawled through much of Palmerin St.
Jumpers and Jazz organiser Pam Burley said suitcase vendors would have 30m more street space to sell from.
She said there were about 88 confirmed vendors for the event and a waiting list of sellers wanting to be involved.
Mrs Burley attributed the event's success to its quirky set-up and the high-quality standards of the Suitcase Rummage team.
"The Suitcase Rummage team set clear boundaries about what the event has to look like," she said.
"Only vintage, handmade, upcycled or recycled items are allowed to be sold.
"A lot of markets have normal stalls and gazebos - I think there is something different about having the products on the ground and getting to look through a suitcase."
Mrs Burley said everything sold at the event was unique.
"There are no mass-produced or commercial items, everything on display is original," she said.
Mrs Burley said the variety of vendors selling vintage items and handmade creations in the one spot provided a shopping opportunity like no other.
"People are able to find those rare goodies without having to do the research and the legwork," she said.
"It is a great opportunity for people into crafts to get their work in front of people."
The Suitcase Rummage has created an audience of its own, with people travelling to the markets whenever they are nearby.
Mrs Burley recalls meeting people from the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales who had travelled specifically for the event last year.
While she is often too busy with Jumpers and Jazz work to find time to explore it herself, Mrs Burley said she made sure to look around at what was on offer.
"I try to make a fast-paced whiz around with the money tucked in my pocket ready to go," she said.
"I love all the handmade stuff, so any of the knitting or the crochet I can wear or gift to people.
"It is a constant reminder of Jumpers and Jazz I can have with me year round."