TVM is more than just ‘a market’, we are a collaborative, creative community of small businesses, designers, artists, creatives, foodies, musicians, culture seekers, sustainable shoppers and lovers of good vibes.
The Village Markets® trades every month at Burleigh Heads State School on the first and third Sunday from 8.30AM until 1PM and in 2018 we introduced a quarterly event at Stones Corner in Brisbane seasonally between 9am and 2pm, check our calendar for upcoming dates.
Founded in 2008, The Village Markets® (TVM) are the original boutique fashion and lifestyle market, showcasing a carefully edited lineup of stalls, live local music, delicious eats, our famous monthly ' Pre-loved Designer & Vintage Rack Sales' and plenty of good vibes.
The Village Markets was created with the intention of providing a platform for talented local emerging designers, creatives and collectors to showcase their wares, connect and collaborate in a positive, unique environment. As well as creating a favourite hangout for locals and visitors to the Gold Coast.
The Village Markets is committed to our community and its success. Being a stepping stone for startups is cornerstone to our business. To support startups, TVM offers a Startup Stall package, each month to a new deserving business. TVM also regularly hosts charity stalls from our local community, has a strong sustainability policy and supports local causes via donations.
When our community succeeds, we succeed.
THE TVM VIBE
The TVM lineup is unlike any other and you're guaranteed to find a gem at every turn. From men's and women's fashion by emerging and local designers, vintage clothing sourced from around the world, high quality pop-up shops, to up-cycled and handcrafted furniture, unique art and homewares.
Shoppers can enjoy food from around the world thanks to the lineup of food trucks and gourmet eats on offer, grab a blanket and sit under the trees with friends, enjoying the sweet sounds of live local music.
Visitors love TVM for its positive, relaxed Sunday vibe, it's unique mix of high quality stalls, the delicious eats and the live local music. The Village Markets was named the Gold Coast's Best Market in the 2015 Gold Coast Bulletin poll.
2018: Destination Gold Coast Content Awards - Industry Storyteller of the Year
2018: Griffith Business School Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award
2018: Recipients of the International Womens Day Patrons Award
2017: Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs of the Year finalists
2017: Griffith University Outstanding Alumnus of the Year
August 2017: Cosmo's Women of the Year Finalists - Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists
July 2016: Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards - Tourism, Hospitality and Events Category
March 2015: Gold Coast's Best Market - Gold Coast Bulletin Best of Poll
October 2014: Gold Coast Young Entrepreneurs of the Year finalists
July 2014: Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards - Retail, Wholesale & Distribution Category
May 2013: Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards - Retail, Wholesale & Distribution Category
In 2008 Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller self-funded The Village Markets, having been made redundant from their corporate marketing jobs, they took a risk to create a community event that celebrates local talent.
Since then, The Village Markets has grown to become one of Australia's leading small business incubators, with many brands popping up at TVM, going on to achieve international success.
Marissa and Sarah's vision and event execution have seem them recognised as cultural leaders and the duo have accumulated many awards and recognition such as Cosmo Women of the Year finalists, Griffith University's prestigious Outstanding Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award in 2018 and Destination Gold Coast's Storytellers of the Year.
Creating Community and Success
The Village Markets has welcomed over 4,000 small business into their community, helping them to grow and thrive. The Village Markets pop-up marketplaces are best-known for a highly curated lineup of vendors, a true sense of community and it's good vibes. Marissa and Sarah have continued to spearhead small business growth and launched their first TVM Talks events in 2018 for the community to have real conversations with likeminded folk and learn from their business journeys, along with the launch of their first eBook, How to Launch Your Startup.
Marissa and Sarah are passionate about fostering local talent, sustainability and creating a cultural community event that can be enjoyed by all.
At The Village Markets, we believe in community. Caring for the community by giving back and also, by working towards a more sustainable future. Our journey to running a sustainable event began when we declared the event plastic-free.
We've already saved 200 tonnes of plastic from being used at our event, by going plastic bag and single use straw free. We've also stopped using single use plastics for the running of our events for parking and signage.
Since founding, The Village Markets has placed a large emphasis on reducing ‘fast-fashion’ by not only supporting locally made items, but by the events monthly Rack Sale. Each month, the event hosts 40 locals who sell preloved clothing, which has garnered a huge following and attracts a crowd early each Sunday morning on the first of the month. The conscious decision to promote recycling fashion as been a part of the business since founding.
Zero Waste Event Goal
Having worked towards being a plastic free event for many years, our next goal is to be a zero waste event. This entails ensuring the event is completely plastic-free, then diverting all waste from landfill to recycling or composting.
We want to be industry leaders, setting the benchmark for how events are produced. Our five-year plan includes being a zero-waste event.
Working closely with Climate Wave, we've been able to reduce landfill by 86%. We've achieved this by sorting waste, ensuring any waste disposed of on site is biodegradable and the remainder is recycled. We're proudly composting food and biodegradable items on site and working on educating our customers, that we're aiming to be a zero waste event.
In an effort to reduce waste, The Village Markets has several reusable market items available for purchase at each event and online.