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Christmas Shopping Event

Christmas Shopping at Trove

Christmas Shopping at Trove

A unique Christmas shopping experience

Join us at Trove on Friday 14th December, for our annual Christmas shopping event. Meet some our makers and see what’s new in store for Christmas.

Come along from 4-8pm and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine with some Christmas nibbles while you shop in our lovely, peaceful store.

Choose a single gift or put together a personalised gift hamper. We will have trays and baskets available for you to fill.

And we will be offering free gift wrapping for all your lovely handmade gifts too.

You can find us upstairs in the Garema Centre at 70 Bunda Street, Canberra City. Click here for directions.

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A Handmade Christmas at Trove

Christmas shopping at Trove
Christmas shopping at Trove

Sometimes the spirit of Christmas can seem a bit hidden by commercialism, endless advertising and mass-produced junk. We race around looking for gifts, end up buying what every one else does, and get driven mad by Christmas muzak and other people crazily racing! Or maybe that’s just me!

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Christmas shopping at Trove is a TOTALLY different experience. Everything at Trove has been hand made with love and enthusiasm by talented local artists who are sharing some of themselves with each thing they create.  There is a wide range of very different and often unique pieces. Trove is full of little (and big!) works of art that you can wear, share, use to decorate your home, and certainly to express your love and Christmas greetings with.

Opening Hours

From Monday to Saturday each week one of the artists is in the store and will be happy to help you find the perfect gift. Or gifts!  We are open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and open late on Friday until 8pm.

From Monday, 10th December, we will be extending our hours for your shopping convenience.

Christmas Opening Hours will be:

Monday - 10am - 7pm
Tuesday - 10am - 7pm
Wednesday - 10am - 7pm
Thursday - 10am - 7pm
Friday - 10am - 8pm
Saturday - 10am - 4pm

Friday, 21st December will be our last trading day before Christmas. We will be open until 8pm.

Christmas Themed Items

Many of us are creating beautiful Christmas themed art which will be on display from November until it is snapped up by the Christmas early birds.

Free Gift Wrapping

Free gift wrapping will be available from 10 December. We will wrap your gifts so all you have to do is pop them under the tree.

Gift Hampers

For those really special people in your life, why not create your own beautiful hamper entirely from locally hand made gifts? We have baskets in a range of sizes and can help you to create a very special gift.

Treat yourself to a peaceful Christmas

Make preparing for Christmas this year a gentle, peaceful experience. Your loved ones will appreciate receiving gifts that have been chosen with care and hand made with love.

We look forward to helping you find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas, a gift created with love right here in Canberra. Visit our Shop Location & Hours page if you are a first time visitor. Over there we give you all the details you need to find our beautiful shop.

 

 

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Trove and the DESIGN Canberra Festival 2018

Design Canberra Festival 2018
Design Canberra Festival 2018

Trove Workshops for DESIGN Canberra

Trove Canberra is very excited to be partnering with DESIGN Canberra Festival again this year. Trove members will be leading seven interactive and intimate workshops on all the things they have learned running their creative businesses.

Ever wondered how you might price the things you make? Is wordpress a total mystery to you? Not sure what a hashtag is or if you need one? Whatever your question, we have a workshop to help answer it. We'll also be holding a Q&A session with four of our members, so we can answer all the questions you never knew who to ask.

The workshops are:

11 November: Creative Business Q&A

Trove Canberra is a cooperative of artists, designers and makers local to the Canberra region. We are on a mission to foster creativity and entrepreneurship, nurture a supportive, friendly and fun creative community and provide an affordable venue for Canberrans to showcase and sell their works and teach their skills. Light refreshments will be provided.

6 November: Getting Started on Instagram for Creatives

Instagram can be a great way to promote your handmade products and connect with the community, but it can be confusing at first. Join Trove Canberra member, Kylie of Wombat and Poss as she steps you through the basics – how to create an account, how to post, like and share, what to post and when and using hashtags. Bring along your smart phone to get set up and get started!

7 November: A Beginners' Guide to Selling on Etsy

Do you make gorgeous handmade items? Are they accumulating in your cupboard now that EVERY one of your friends and family have one? Is it time to dip your toe into the world of online selling but you have NO clue where to start? Or maybe you have opened your shop and since then, well .... crickets. Then this workshop is for you. Trove Canberra member Rebecca of Blue Radish will help you learn how to open your Etsy shop, create a listing, write titles, tags and descriptions that will get your item found, level up your photography for selling online and more.

8 November: Pricing Handmade Products

Unsure how to price your handmade products, and what they are really worth? You are not alone! Trove Canberra member, Theresa from ‘a little bird made me’ invites you to learn about the theory and techniques for pricing handmade. Theresa has 5 years’ experience running her own handmade business, and has mentored many designers through this process so can support you to understand the financial, practical and ethical questions. Feel free to bring along some of your work so we can consider an example together.

10 November: Product Photography Without The Hassle

Creating beautiful product photos doesn’t have to be hard. Join Trove Canberra member, Kylie of Wombat and Poss to learn some simple tricks to get the best performance out of our smart phone camera, and how to use natural light and composition to make your products look amazing. Bring along your phone and some of your products (if available) to test the ideas out on the day.

14 November: Handmade Business

Thinking about getting started on a handmade business? Or have a hobby you think could be so much more? Trove Canberra member Kellyanne of Lex and Lou would like to invite you to learn what she knows now that she didn't know when she started. It's been 2 years since Kellyanne's passion for making clothes for her daughter turned from a hobby into a small business. Learn what to do - and what not to do - as you begin your handmade journey.

20 November: Getting Ready For Your First Market

Selling at a market can be a great way to get your product out there, connect with your customer and build your brand. But there’s a few things you should know before you start. Trove Canberra members Katrina of Little Red Lullaby and Kellyanne of Lex and Lou will give you the lowdown on how to get ready, what you will need, getting your display right and what to do on the day.

21 November: Getting Started On WordPress

If you have a beautiful product to promote, you need a home on the web. Maybe you have been dreaming of creating your own gorgeous website but the "behind-the-scenes" of the online world is all a mystery to you. Maybe you've heard that it is expensive or that you have to be 'technically minded' or need to know HTML. In this workshop Trove Canberra member Rebecca of Blue Radish will bust these myths and show you how WordPress can be a cost effective and accessible way to build yourself an online presence. We'll step through how to do it from the very beginning.

Tickets are available on Trybooking.com. To book into the Q&A click here. To book in for the workshops click here.

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Be an Angel This Christmas

A Colourful Journey Christmas Angels

Trove Christmas Charity Fundraiser

A Colourful Journey

 

Women of SammunatWhile Trove is all about supporting the local community and local makers, we also strongly believe in supporting those with fewer opportunities, especially at Christmas. This December, Trove has chosen to support the wonderful initiative – A Colourful Journey – set up by local Polymer Clay Artist Wendy Moore. This program raises money to assist abused women in Nepal with housing, legal assistance and training. Trove is participating through the sale of these gorgeous Christmas angels, all handmade by women in Sammunat, Nepal. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the charity.

Wendy started the initiative while living in Nepal and now travels back several times a year to contribute to the project. She taught the women the art of Polymer Clay bead and jewellery making as well as the techniques used to make the angels. Wendy also runs these courses for us here in Canberra, and has involved many other Canberra makers in sharing their skills, including our own Cindy from The World Rocks, Janice from Stonecrest  Creations and Lex from Sculptural Emanations.

The angels will be on sale at Trove, Level 1, Garema Place, 70 Bunda Street, Canberra throughout the month of December. Stocks are limited so come in quick and support this great cause.

Please read more about this worthwhile project on A Colourful Journey’s website here.

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#itsinthebag Drop Off Point

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Trove is a drop off point, again this year, for Share The Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign between Saturday, 18th November and Saturday, 2nd December.

Through It’s in the Bag, Share the Dignity aims to make women in need feel special at Christmas time.

How does it work? Fill a handbag with the items listed as a starting point and drop it into Trove between 18th November and 2nd December. The bags are collected and delivered to homeless women – take a look at www.sharethedignity.com.au for further information.

“It’s In The Bag Christmas charity campaign idea came to us when we realised that women in crisis will put the needs of others before themselves, whatever the time of year.  And we wanted to do something that would give these women a little happiness at Christmas.

There are 85,000 homeless women who need your help this Christmas. Many have fled domestic violence or experienced extreme poverty. We want to make them feel special. You can help. It’s simple and it makes a big difference in a woman’s life.”

12322865_882408771880598_9090342774813607426_oWe had a huge response to this campaign when we were a drop off point last year and would love to make it an even better year this year. So, from Saturday 18th November to Saturday 2nd December grab an unwanted handbag and pop in some new and unopened goodies such as lotions, jewellery, a hair brush, personal care items, a movie voucher – whatever you believe will be appreciated. Please, however, no food, pharmaceuticals or sharps.

If you can only donate bags in good condition, or items to go inside the bags, then we can combine them to complete the bags.

For more ideas and information read more on Share the Dignity’s Christmas Charity page.  Follow Share the Dignity on Social media:

 

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Celebrate Christmas with Trove

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T’was the night before Christmas ….

…and you are frantically running around Civic shopping!

No! Scratch that!

It is the 16th December and you are at Trove, with a drink in one hand, gingerbread cookies in the other. You calmly discuss, with your favourite local designer, the merits of which handmade gifts would be best for this loved one and that. Whilst munching on carrots and bacon dip, your friendly artist lovingly gift wraps your “just right” treasures. Ahhh … now for the perfect night before Christmas where not a creature is stirring, especially not you.

On Friday, 16th December, 4 – 8 pm come and Celebrate Christmas with us, at Trove!

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Celebrate the Start of Summer

15095115_1139568506164622_5403077955366770802_nWant to know how to celebrate Summer, help people and make your life easy in one fell swoop?

 

Join us at Trove on Friday, 2nd December from 4 – 8pm where you can:

its-in-the-bag1. Welcome summer with drinks, nibblies and, well, Trove’s lovely designers. Toast the changing of the seasons with a cry of “took you long enough!”

2. Help women in need feel special this Christmas. Trove is a drop off point again for Share the Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign. Donate a handbag you no longer use, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her someone cares and that she matters. Bring it all in to Trove and we will get them to Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag campaign. Here is a link to #itsinthebag printable gift cards if you’d like to include one.

santa_girl_and_christmas_gift_small3. Get a jump start on your Christmas list. Meet some of Trove’s designers and shop ‘til you drop. We’ll even wrap your purchases for you. For free!

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#itsinthebag Drop Off Point

Its-In-the-Bag-TitleTrove is Proud to Support #itsinthebag

Trove is a drop off point again this year for Share The Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign between Saturday, 19th November and Saturday, 3rd December.

Through It’s in the Bag, Share the Dignity aims to make women in need feel special at Christmas time.

“The “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign idea came to us when we realised that we seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring they’re cared for and made to feel special, but the same can’t always be said for those women who put the needs of others before their own. We wanted to make them feel special.

And so the campaign began – we asked Australians to donate a handbag they no longer used, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her that someone cares and that she matters.”

12322865_882408771880598_9090342774813607426_oWe had a huge response to this campaign when we were a drop off point last year and would love to make it an even better year this year. So, from Saturday 19th November to Saturday 3rd December grab an unwanted handbag and pop in some new and unopened goodies such as lotions, jewellery, a hair brush, personal care items, a movie voucher – whatever you believe will be appreciated. Please, however, no food, pharmaceuticals or sharps.

If you can only donate bags in good condition, or items to go inside the bags, then we can combine them to complete the bags.

For more ideas and information read more on Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag page. There are also a couple of lovely printables on the site here which you could include in your donated bag.

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Fashion and Art Unite at Trove

Fashion-meets-Art-Blog-Post-ImageOpen your diary to Friday, 11th November and make a date with to attend the Fashion Meets Art Showcase at Trove from 7-10pm because you won’t want to miss this!

Next Friday evening local artists and fashion designers will join together in a celebration of fashion and art. Trove Canberra is hosting a showcase of regional talent in the art and fashion community on Friday 11th November between 7-10pm. Situated upstairs (lift access available) in Garema Centre amongst restaurants and retail stores, the showcase will be held in a relaxed environment for customers to engage with some of Canberra’s best in the fashion and art industry.

Special guest designers Zilpah Tart, Karen Lee, Pure Pod, and Fiona Hill Art, join Trove regulars Dissonance, Sovata and The Fifth Season in an engaging evening with complimentary food, wine and giveaways. A live painting demonstration by The Fifth Season and live music by David Bath will entertain guests as roaming models showcase the latest fashions.

Attendees are encouraged to wander and chat with our designers in this celebration of Canberra talent. So come along and enjoy a glass of wine and some live music while you experience some of the best art and fashion that Canberra has to offer.

Visit our shop location page for how to find Trove.