For Abby Davis, what started as 17 stalls inside the Wavell Heights Hall, has quickly become a large market for small businesses in home and garden wares. The Home Collective markets now hosts more than 50 small businesses that fill up the hall and expand through the entire car park.

Abby and her Aunty, Helen, were inspired to start the initiative by their own love of home ware, and the thrill of finding something unique or creative. “We wanted people to come to our market and find things they couldn’t find at their local shopping centre, to meet the creators behind each piece,” she said. “We have so much love for small businesses and our aim was, and still is to create a fun, supportive & welcoming place for them to sell their wares.”

Helen’s background as the business owner of Sivad Designs, where she created artwork using Marimekko fabrics for many years, combined with Davis’ talent as a Visual Merchandiser, have led to the success of the markets. Abby says their focus on home and garden ware sets them apart from their competitors. “I think it’s the community we have created within our market and the happy, supportive vibe that really sets us apart. We began The Home Collective to create a market that would allow Brisbane’s home & garden lovers to find beautiful, unique pieces to fill their home with – and we think we’ve done just that.”

Abby and Helen use The Home Collective as an opportunity to spread awareness about Animal Welfare in Queensland. Their gold coin entry fee goes toward the cause that is close their hearts.

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