Dedicated to providing a platform for the area’s talented locals, Toowoomba’s Emerging Designer Market, hosted by The Original Mix, are revitalising the market experience in their very first event.
With 35 carefully curated stalls, selling everything from jewellery to homewares to the perfect gift, the Emerging Designer Market is taking its cue from other well-established markets like the nation-wide Finders Keepers Market.
Aime Johnson, one half of the team behind The Original Mix and a Toowoomba local, said the Emerging Designer Market was designed from the beginning to be a little bit different.
“Our vision is to create a unique environment for small business and creative individuals to showcase their products,” Johnson said. “We are not just a market, we are a place to catch up with friends over a coffee, shop, and listen to some tunes.”
“We want to create an inviting central lounge space with umbrellas, cushions and rugs for people to relax and maybe even play an outdoor game of botchi or rings.”
After noticing a lack of events catering to people aged between 25 and 40, The Original Mix decided to put their mutual experience in visual art, fashion and event management to use in creating a unique event all of Toowoomba’s own.
“We love different styles of music, art, and shopping, so we thought why not fuse these interests together,” Johnson said. “Brisbane and the Gold Coast have an amazing outdoor shopping scene and we want to bring some urban vibes to our town.”
“We have had over 100 applications for the first market which has made it very difficult to narrow it down to just 35,” Johnson said. “We want to have a diverse cross section of high end stalls ranging from jewellery, clothing, accessories, homewares, gifts and artwork.”
“Every month will be different, with new stalls making the Emerging Designer Market a monthly destination shopping event.”
With over 2000 guests expressing their interest in the market on Facebook, the Original Mix has secured three musicians and 35 high end stalls such as MishnMesh, Posies and Poppets, Little Spoons and Sunshine, and many others, to provide the highest quality of goods for Toowoomba shoppers.
The Emerging Designer Market will take place on March 12, on the grounds of the new Toowoomba city library and civic square in Toowoomba’s CBD. More information on the event can be found on the Facebook page here.
For more information on The Original Mix, and to keep up with any future markets, please check out their Facebook page here.
Words by Shannon Coward
Image provided by The Original Mix