Home' Ballarat Enterprise : Enterprise Edition 15 Contents In Profile
What is your background?
I have always had a huge interest and love for antiques and
collectables. This stems back to the days of Howard's Auction
rooms in Main Rd, where I would sit and dream of one day
owning a big brass bed, a marble top washstand (the tiles had
to have flowers) and a collection of floral Winton china. Over
time, this all became a reality. I am originally a Ballarat girl and
after living away for many years, we (my husband Graeme and
I) decided to move back here in 2004. The Woodshed Antiques
was started in 1987 in a small town on the mid-north coast of
New South Wales by Graeme, Sue (my mum) and myself. We
still exhibit at 12 antique fairs annually all over the east coast
and central NSW, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, country Victoria
and also Tasmania. I am now happily settled back in Ballarat
with Graeme, our two semi-grown up children, our two cats, one
dog and a house with bulging walls as the never-ending boxes
of bits and pieces, bric-a-brac and furniture find their way into
Tell us about your stall...
We have set the stall up to showcase our furniture and our
eclectic range of giftware to give the public an idea that you
can mix the old with the new. For example, we might display
a range of giftware on a French provincial farmhouse table or
maybe set up a bedroom theme using an antique bed with some
vintage-style linen. Our furniture is always of a very high standard
and we always make sure that it is in excellent condition and
Where do you get your stock from?
Over the years, we have developed a range of sources and
contacts to suit our style of business. We are always on the
lookout for pieces that may appeal to our clientele. It is very
important to keep an eye on the ever-changing styles and fashions
that surround us. Our French provincial furniture is imported on
a regular basis and we are going over to Europe in September to
fill up another container, walk the endless streets of markets and
who knows, maybe even find that missing treasure. A highlight
of this intriguing business is that every now and again, we come
across one of those unique pieces that we just have to have
ourselves -- yes, over the years we have had five kitchen tables!
What attracted you to the The Mill Markets?
The days of small business are ever-changing and for a number
of reasons, it is becoming a more difficult way of retailing. I was
first attracted to the operation of The Mill Markets as it meant we
could still conduct our business, retain The Woodshed Antiques
name and of course, continue to stay involved and in touch with
the environment that we enjoy so much. The Mill Markets are
open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, which gives you
great exposure of your stock. The market is run by each stallholder
carrying out shifts and this enables you to have some time out
from what would otherwise be a seven-day working week. I like to
compare The Mill Markets to a chocolate shop - you have an idea
of what will be inside and then once you are in, you look around
and say "there is so much choice". Without a doubt, just like the
chocolate shop, there will be something for everyone.
Photos by Andrew Kelly
BALLARAT'S former Great Southern
Woolshed was given a new lease on life
when it reopened as The Mill Markets in
November last year.
The indoor market boasts an impressive
range of antiques and collectables
including vintage clothing, memorabilia,
books, furniture, and art and craft.
We spoke to five stallholders at the
Western Hwy site to find out about their
By Chloe Biggin
Links Archive Enterprise Edition 14 Enterprise Edition 16 Navigation Previous Page Next Page