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Extended Christmas Opening Hours

Extended Christmas Opening Hours

Extended Christmas Opening Hours

Extended Christmas Opening Hours

Trove will have extended opening hours from 10th December for your Christmas shopping convenience. We will open late Monday to Thursday in addition to our usual late opening on Friday evening.

Our hours from 10 December will be:

10am-7pm Monday
10am-7pm Tuesday
10am-7pm Wednesday
10am-7pm Thursday
10am-8pm Friday
10am-4pm Saturday (closed 22/12)
Closed Sunday

We will close for the Christmas/New Year break at 8pm on Friday, 21st December and reopen at 10am on Wednesday, 2nd January.

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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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Hidden gem still shining in the heart of Civic

Hidden Gem Trove Canberra still shining in heart of Civic
Hidden Gem Trove Canberra still shining in heart of Civic

It’s clear there’s a building boom and expansion happening in Canberra. Many older buildings are being knocked down to be transformed into modern new entities. There’s talk around town that Garema Centre, home to Trove Canberra, is set for demolition and redevelopment by Geocon. It is true that Geocon have bought the Garema Centre. However, no official notice has yet been given to tenants of the Garema Centre, so it’s business as usual for all. Trove Canberra is still open 6 days a week, serving up an exotic mix of handcrafted gifts, homewares, fashion, jewellery and mouth-watering chocolates by local artisans and designers, all proudly Australian made.

Trove Canberra is not only a gift shop but a community of like-minded people, offering casual monthly meetups with Create With Trove (byo craft and enjoy a cuppa) and regular workshops where you can learn new creative skills in a friendly atmosphere. Trove Canberra also supports local events in Civic with participating groups, such as World Knit in Public Day, Share The Dignity helping women in need, among others. The store is staffed by the members, so you will meet a maker every time you visit.

Enigma Fine Chocolates in Trove Canberra

Trove Canberra Cooperative was established in 2014 by a group of Canberra region crafts-people, brought together through the Canberra Etsy sellers group. It was registered as a not-for-profit cooperative and set up its first store in the (now demolished) Lonsdale Street Traders in Braddon in August 2014.

Fast-forward four years, and Trove Canberra is a thriving, creative community of 30+ makers who have big plans for the future. Moving from their Gold Creek site and opening a new Civic store in May 2016 marked the beginning of an exciting period of growth for Trove. As the co-op continues to grow, it becomes a mecca for tourists needing a unique reminder of their visit to Canberra, as well as locals wanting original items made with love from the makers’ heart and soul.

Homewares art jewellery and gifts in Trove Canberra

Trove Canberra can be found at Shop 13, Level 1, Garema Centre, 70 Bunda St in Canberra City (get directions here). Our opening hours are 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday, until 8pm on Fridays. You can sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date on events and news, as well as the opportunity to win a $20 gift voucher by filling in the form below.

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Trove Canberra Co-operative turns Four

Trove Canberra Turns FourIt’s our Birthday

August 2018 marks four years since the opening of Trove Canberra, and what a journey it has been. Trove began when a group of local Canberra designers started talking about how opening a shop front would be a wonderful way to bring their wares to the community. “My idea was a pop up shop for a month or two with other local designers I had met through Etsy”, says Theresa from A Little Bird Made Me. “After the initial idea started moving and I had had some early input, I had to pull out of Trove for family reasons. The rest of the group went on to create this amazing venture that has supported, launched and promoted so many local artists and designers over the last 4 years. What an achievement! The fact that I can now be a member of Trove is testament to the hard work that they put in to establish the cooperative in a sustainable way.”

When Trove first opened its doors in 2014 at Lonsdale Street Traders in Braddon, it was home to 7 designers. This was always a temporary location due to redevelopment of the area. The shop then migrated to Gold Creek Village, which we soon outgrew, and then moved on to the bustling Bunda Street in Civic. Today we have flourished to a vibrant community of 30 members, supporting one another in business and bringing an array of handmade goodies to the Canberra community.

Trove Canberra Garema Centre ShopThere are many reasons that Trove is continuing to thrive;

Trove is a community

“I love having the support of a great group of people who understand the struggles of having a small creative business.” – Jade of Sovata

Sovata Millinery in Trove CanberraTrove creates opportunities

“The annual world wide knit in public day has been a real highlight for me. I love meeting other makers in Canberra and being part of the community. Each year it just gets bigger. I can’t wait to see how big it will be next year!” – Kristen of The Granny Square Conspiracy

Trove Canberra hosts World Wide Knit in Public day in Garema Place

Trove is a place to learn

“It is great as a member of Trove to have a space to run workshops. Workshops are a nice extra source of income for me and I love the opportunity it gives Canberrans to have fun learning a new skill”. – Rebecca of Blue Radish

Rebecca from Blue Radish teaching a screen printing workshop at TroveIf you have not yet visited our vibrant store you will find us at

Shop 13, Level 1 Garema Centre, 70 Bunda Street, Canberra City.

Our opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Plus open until 8pm on Fridays.

For directions, visit our Shop Location and Hours page.

Are you a local maker or designer? Trove has many new and exciting membership opportunities available. Visit our Join Trove page to find out more.

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Canberra Business News reviews Trove: A guide to gorgeous

A guide to Gorgeous Canberra Business News reviews Trove

A guide to Gorgeous Canberra Business News reviews TroveCanberra Business News recently wrote a great article about Trove Canberra. We are flattered and delighted. Thank you Canberra Business News and Lighthouse Innovations for the fabulous write-up. Here’s some of what they had to say…

A Guide to Gorgeous – The Trove Story

Whether you’re a creative looking for a community or a connoisseur in search of a unique, high quality handmade gift; Trove is the place to go. A local co-operative of makers, designers and artists who all live within a hundred kilometres of Canberra; Trove provides a beautiful city retail outlet, open six days a week.

What is so special about buying handmade?

Visiting Trove is not just about the products, it’s an experience in its own right. The store is staffed by the members, so you will meet a maker every time you visit. When you buy a handmade item, you are buying something unique. It is impossible for two handmade products to be the same.
Handmade items have patina and providence. You see the maker’s marks, fingerprints in the ceramics, chisel marks in the timber, the stitches and brushstrokes. To give a handmade gift suggests a certain amount of thought and motivation and tells the recipient how much they are appreciated. Giving handmade, is giving love and a piece of the makers heart and soul.

Read more on the Canberra Business News page.

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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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Share the Dignity Banner imageTrove 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, 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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Meet Our Designers: Honey & Glow

Meet Our Designers is a regular feature. Each week one of Trove’s members is featured on our social media and here on our news pages. Follow Trove on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date.

Trove’s Designers and Artists from the Canberra region and all their gorgeous products are handmade.

Please meet Erin from Honey and Glow. She and her partner, Marty, are beekeepers, permaculture farm builders and wanna-be homesteaders from the outskirts of Canberra. Every one of their products is crafted by them, with the intention of showcasing the natural beauty and goodness of Australian beeswax and raw honey.Honey & Glow logo

Honey & Glow’s range of products feature raw honey and Australian beeswax – from jars of honey to beeswax candles, three nourishing balms and a newly introduced range of handmade soaps. Erin says “Honey & Glow fits so well with the life we’re building for ourselves, keeping with the all-natural, zero nasties theme.”

“My products help people in some way. Whether burning my candles stops hayfever and allergy symptoms, my lip balm sorts out chapped lips, the Body Balm sorts out eczema or the honey helps bring a wholesome, healthy product into people’s pantries. My products aren’t groundbreaking, but each of them offer a much better HOney & Glow ingredientsalternative than the commercially available, mass-produced, chemical filled versions. Our products are sustainable, no-tox, hand made, 100% natural and all of our packing is recyclable and/or reusable.
They are simple products, with the least number of ingredients possible.
Just the way they should be.

See Erin and Marty in their very necessary bee suits getting beeswaxHoney & Glow bee suits and honey straight from the hive! Look at the fresh honeycomb; the white on top of the honey is wax, called capping wax, that the bees use to seal the honeycomb cells once the water content of the honey has evaporated to 17-18%. This makes sure that the honey ferments in the comb, and will keep forever!! Very clever bees!
Now you really want to come into Trove to takes some of this incredible Honey and Glow goodness home to your family. See Honey & Glow’s 
 Designer Profile page here.

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