Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hampers All Made in CQ; Business with the Perfect Gift

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hampers All Made in CQ; Business with the Perfect Gift

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Byline: Vanessa Jarrett Vanessa.Jarrett@capnews.com.au

INSTEAD of buying a hamper from a department store with the chutney mix that will sit in the pantry and the rose hand cream that will never come out of the bathroom drawer, this hamper has things you will actually use, says its creator.

Rockhampton woman Tamara Spilsbury has started a new business called The Hamper Collective - Rockhampton.

The idea for her gift business came about when she was at local markets. She was putting together a gift box for her sick grandfather with a goal to stock it with 100 per cent locally made items.

"I loved it so much I decided to make more for my family for Christmas," Ms Spilsbury said.

As she visited the market over the next few weeks to collect the items, the common response from people was "wow, you should sell these".

Sitting on the idea for a while contemplating how she could work it around her family and work commitments, she took a leap of faith,

"I nervously sent out messages to a few of my favourite local stall holders asking if they wanted to be involved," Ms Spilsbury said.

"Overwhelmingly their response was 'yes', and The Hamper Collective - Rockhampton was born."

In a short few weeks, it has been quite an enjoyable journey for the retail manager.

"The thing I loved most about collaborating with them all was discovering that for most of them, their business is their second (or third) job that they are weaving in and around their family, life and career," she said.

"They are all inspirational people who haven't let the reality of of day-to-day life get in the way of their great idea."

The business launched in October and the response has been "positive so far".

Over the past few years, handmade and homemade goods and products have gained in popularity as markets and boutique businesses boom.

"Shopping local is very popular and supporting handmade items, supporting local artists," Ms Spilsbury said. …

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