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The Village Markets

Boutique Fashion & Lifestyle Market for Creative Entrepreneurs - Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast & Stones Corner, Brisbane Queensland

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Stall Profile :: Ghost & Lola

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest…

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest home set on 100 acres.

I studied Fashion and Textile Design at Sydney College of the Arts and worked in the Fashion Industry in Australia and USA as a Fashion Designer, then Illustrator and then Creative Director before deciding to move up North to Byron Bay. In Byron I studied Fine Arts Sculpture at Southern Cross University and started making jewellery. Ive always been fascinated with vintage fashion and I had been collecting the pieces long before I started to make jewellery. Once Ghost and Lola was born there was no turning back. It is the perfect combination of fashion and craft. I love the hands on artisan making and also meeting with people who get the label and understand the vision of making something new from something old.

What made your pursue your creative passion?:

I have always been creative and I always believed in making things. It was how I was brought up. Dad was building the house around us and mum was always creating. It was just a normal way to be.

We all have a creative spark, the trick is to believe in yourself and allow it to shine.

What does your brand consist of?

I make Ghost and Lola jewellery from vintage components. I source the pieces from all over the world through vintage and antique dealers and also travel and explore to find precious pieces.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed and handmade by me in Northern NSW. I have a studio in my house that I work from. My house is surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful rainforest so it provides endless inspiration.

The pieces that I collect connect me to a past once vibrant and now largely forgotten. I am inspired by Mythology, Alchemy and tales of the past when the world was interpreted as less scientific and more spirited and creative. And I like to connect that to our contemporary lifestyle because I believe that we all need a little more meaning and to feel special.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I am hoping to share Ghost and Lola with a larger audience. I find that my style attracts customers of all age groups and people are fascinated with the product because it is so unique. The marriage of old with new is immediately apparent when you see the pieces. I love hand-making the pieces and want to retain that aspect, so it will always be an artisan brand and each piece will be limited and special.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I am committed to working full-time with Ghost and Lola, so sometimes the unpredictability of cash-flow is daunting. Also learning to navigate a fresh world of digital Marketing is a 'thrill'. I have learnt so much since launching the brand, from my customers and I truly want them to feel special that they are wearing something unique and handcrafted that is sustainable in its use of re-purposing what is already existent in the world.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! Creative freedom, and freedom in each day. I love what I do so nothing is an effort!

Find Ghost and Lola online, here.
And follow on Instagram, here.

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Sunday Sorted!

We’re all set for an epic Sunday so come hang! Splash some cash on the best local talent by way of designer threads, homewares, jewellery, art and more, enjoy live…

We're all set for an epic Sunday so come hang! Splash some cash on the best local talent by way of designer threads, homewares, jewellery, art and more, enjoy live local music all day, devour delish gourmet eats and hit up the Rack Sale for some serious bargains.

8.30am - 1pm Sunday 5th August 2108 at Burleigh Heads State School

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Sunny Sunday’s at TVM

Come hang and enjoy our epic lineup of local boutique market stalls, gourmet street eats, the preloved and vintage rack sale and live tunes, today at The Village Markets. Sunday…

Come hang and enjoy our epic lineup of local boutique market stalls, gourmet street eats, the preloved and vintage rack sale and live tunes, today at The Village Markets.

Sunday 15 July 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM - 1PM

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How To :: Cover your Legal Bases When Starting Out, with Liam Young Legal

The next installment of our How To series is here with local Lawyer, Liam Young. When starting out, often the last thing on your mind is business administration. But take…

The next installment of our How To series is here with local Lawyer, Liam Young. When starting out, often the last thing on your mind is business administration. But take it from us... it pays to cross your T's and dot your I's before launching. In this post Liam provides invaluable advice, covering off all the must-do's prior to launching your business. Read on and enjoy!

So, you’ve decided to take the leap and start your own business. First up, congratulations because putting your idea into implementation is always the biggest step.

Now that you have started up, or are about to, there will be some legal aspects to running an business that you probably haven’t considered but will be incredibly important in the long run.

The list of legal considerations that may affect you are too endless to mention and will always be dependent on your own circumstances. There really is rarely a one size fits all approach to starting up. That said, there are some things that are common to all new businesses and I’ll touch on a few of these here.

  1. Incorporation

More than likely the first thing that should be done is to incorporate your company. This can be done relatively easily online or with the help of your accountant or solicitor.

It is generally considered that a company is the most useful structure to trade through when starting a business. That said, there are other options such as operating as a sole trader that may suit you depending on your circumstances.

At this stage in the process you should also be turning your mind to agreements between the parties that are running the business. If it’s just you running the business then this won’t apply (unless you have some financial backing from third parties). However, if there are 2 or more of you involved then you need to turn your minds to getting an agreement done that sets out how things are to work in the event everyone wants to go their separate ways.

It may seem too early but the last thing you want is to get a few years down the track and one of your partners needs to exit the business and there’s no real plan for how that will happen. Nothing will cost you more than a messy exit from the business by a partner who feels hard done by.

2. Intellectual Property

As a creative business intellectual property is your key asset. You need to make sure you protect this asset to the fullest extent possible from the outset.

There are many different categories of intellectual property but you are most likely to be seeking to protect either a patent, a trademark or copyright.

How you’ll protect each of these categories is different so it is important that you either research it thoroughly or, preferably, get some advice. There’s some great advice available on ipaustralia.gov.au

3. ABN and Tax

This is more the sphere of your accountant but you’ll need to register for an ABN so that you can commence trading.

You’ll also need to get yourself set up to start remitting tax and other payments, such as:

  1. GST
  2. PAYG
  3. Superannuation

4. Policies

You will need a few essential policies that set out how you’ll interact with your customers everyday. These are:

  1. Terms and conditions – this will govern areas such as returns and refunds, consumer guarantees, delivers and disclaimers. These need to be clear to your customers, for example, a button accepting the terms and conditions when purchasing via your website.
  2. Terms of use – This sets out how people can use your website when they visit and should include protections for your intellectual property.
  3. Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard – This is an information security standard for handling card payments that is designed to increase controls around cardholder data and reduce credit card fraud. You may outsource payments to a third party, such as Paypal, who will be responsible for this.
  4. Privacy Policy – This governs how you handle your customers’ data that you collect from website or profile visits. Privacy is an increasingly important concern for customers so you need to ensure you handle their data in a way that makes people comfortable about visiting your site. If you sell to European based customers then there will be additional protections you will need to put in place following some significant reforms known as GDPR.

5. Contracts

There will be a host of contracts that you will start entering into. Make sure you read them and understand your obligations under them.

For example, some supply contracts may require director guarantees that make you personally liable if you fail to make payment.

You will also probably need some standard contracts for aspects of your business, such as for suppliers or contractors working for your business.

6. Legal Health Check

Make sure you develop a good working relationship with your solicitor so that you can run issues by them as the need arises.

At some point you should get your solicitor to run their eyes over your business and let you know what is working well and where there are areas of improvement. This should then be done on a  regular basis.

CONTACT

Liam Young 1300 189 697

Liam Young Legal 

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Join Us at TVM Today!

Nothing beats a sunny Winter’s Day spent hanging with friends at your fave local market. Join us today for a beautiful lineup of boutique stalls, the pre-loved Rack Sales, lives…

Nothing beats a sunny Winter's Day spent hanging with friends at your fave local market. Join us today for a beautiful lineup of boutique stalls, the pre-loved Rack Sales, lives tunes and street eats.

8.30AM - 1PM Sunday 1 July 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School

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Make TVM Your Sunday Spot

Nothing beats a sunny Winter’s day at TVM. Grab a fresh espresso, pull out a rug and relax in the sun listening to live local tunes or browse our incred…

Nothing beats a sunny Winter's day at TVM. Grab a fresh espresso, pull out a rug and relax in the sun listening to live local tunes or browse our incred lineup of boutique market stalls.

Sunday 17 June 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am - 1pm

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Art Show: Tesse Terrell’s Hep Kitten Corral

The weekend is rolling around quicker than we know it and if you haven’t made plans, we’ve got a an epic art show for you to check out. Northern NSW…

The weekend is rolling around quicker than we know it and if you haven't made plans, we've got a an epic art show for you to check out.

Northern NSW artist, Tesse Terrell presents her second exhibition Hep Kitten Corral, at Maverick Hair & Art Space on Saturday 9thJune 2018.

Terrell, a true vintage aficionado and fashion lover, draws inspiration from her own personal wardrobe for the 50’s themed collection that stars ideal housewives and rockabilly dancers.

The 20 pieces, created over the past 6 months, sees Terrell expand on her signature mixed-media style, all completed with painstaking detail, as found in her previous collection.

Each work is cut and set by hand, with the exhibition seeing Terrell experiment with additional textures such as jewellery and fabric from her wardrobe archives to bring her works to life.

The Hep Kitten Corral - a tribute to vintage fashion, will be right at home during Coolangatta’s iconic Cooly Rocks On event and comes on the back of her first sell-out solo exhibition, Death Collection.

Hep Kitten Corral runs Saturday 9th– 18thJune 2018 at Maverick Hair & Art Space, Griffith Street Coolangatta.

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Come Hang at TVM Today!

Blessed with the most beautiful Winter weather, The Village Markets is on today at Burleigh Heads State Schoo and bursting with awesome local talent in the form of 100 boutique…

Blessed with the most beautiful Winter weather, The Village Markets is on today at Burleigh Heads State Schoo and bursting with awesome local talent in the form of 100 boutique market stalls, epic live music and the much-loved preloved and vintage Rack Sale.

Come hang! Sunday 3 June 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am - 1pm

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Make the Most of your Morning…

Head down to Burleigh Heads State School, grab a fresh coffee and pull up a rug and enjoy a crisp Autumn morning in the sun, along with the best boutique…

Head down to Burleigh Heads State School, grab a fresh coffee and pull up a rug and enjoy a crisp Autumn morning in the sun, along with the best boutique market stalls, live tunes and street eats.

Sunday 20 May 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am - 1pm.

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WIN: Celebrating the launch of Wild Heart’s Jewellery’s ‘Golden Years’

We’re dying over the latest campaign from the talented ladies at Wild Heart Jewellery for their ‘Golden Years’ collection. To celebrate the launch we’re giving you the chance to WIN…

We're dying over the latest campaign from the talented ladies at Wild Heart Jewellery for their 'Golden Years' collection.

To celebrate the launch we're giving you the chance to WIN a Legend necklace and Legend earrings, valued at $156.

You can shop the new collection at The Village Markets this Sunday, 20th May 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am - 1pm.

TO ENTER, HEAD TO INSTAGRAM

Competition is open to Australian residents only and not affiliated with Instagram. Prize not exchangeable, transferrable or redeemable for cash. Competition closes 4pm Saturday 19th May 2018 and winner drawn at random.

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Sweet, Sunny Sundays at The Village Markets

Today you’ll find all of your fave boutique market stalls, epic live local tunes and one helluva rack sale at The Village Markets. Come shop, eat and hang at Burleigh…

Today you'll find all of your fave boutique market stalls, epic live local tunes and one helluva rack sale at The Village Markets.

Come shop, eat and hang at Burleigh Heads State School Sunday 6th May 8.30am - 1pm.

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Shop Local today at TVM!

Today’s TVM is set to be a goodie… 100+ boutique markets stalls from the coast most talented local designers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Get down to Burleigh Heads State School today…

Today's TVM is set to be a goodie... 100+ boutique markets stalls from the coast most talented local designers, creatives and entrepreneurs. Get down to Burleigh Heads State School today 8.30am - 1pm to enjoy live tunes, street eats and good vibes!

Please check road closures due to the marathon here.

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Join the TVM Team!

TVM has an exciting position available for an Parking & Event Assistant to join our crew! We’re looking for a RELIABLE event assistant, on a casual basis to assist on market…

TVM has an exciting position available for an Parking & Event Assistant to join our crew!

We're looking for a RELIABLE event assistant, on a casual basis to assist on market day. You must be available Sundays.

1. Position Profile

This is a casual role as the Parking & Event Assistant for The Village Markets. The event is currently held on the first and third Sunday of each month.

2. About The Village Markets

The Village Markets (TVM) are one of Australia’s most loved markets and were voted the Gold Coast Best Market in 2016, operating since 2008 on the first and third Sunday of the month at Burleigh Heads State School, the event showcases 110 boutique market stalls, street food and live music.

3. About the Role

This role is responsible for undertaking duties on market days to assist Event Managers including the set up and pack down of the market (including lifting), directing traffic and parking, monitoring waste management, cleaning, manning the TVM information tent which includes greeting patrons and answering event specific questions.

Whilst experience is not necessary, the ideal candidate must be able to work as part of a team and have experience in providing friendly and enthusiastic customer service.

This physical role requires an individual who is extremely reliable, as well as positive, friendly, proactive and able to think on the go. This person will be joining a small team who are passionate and innovative and aren’t afraid of hard work.

The TVM Parking & Event Assistant is required on the first and third Sunday of every month, with tasks including:

  • Set up marquees and stalls
  • Set up parking areas (lifting required)
  • Set up signage
  • Conduct safety checks and reports
  • Take customer/patron enquiries
  • Cleaning and waste management
  • Greet patrons, direct traffic and monitor parking area
  • Pack down, final site clean and check

The job requires early starts in a busy environment. Must have full manual drivers license.

Apply by sending your one page introductory letter and resume to us by 5pm 13 April 2018.

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Epic Easter Sunday at TVM

Your Easter Sunday just got a whole lot better… put down the eggs and head to Burleigh Heads State School for a eggscellent market day. The lineup is amazing, the…

Your Easter Sunday just got a whole lot better... put down the eggs and head to Burleigh Heads State School for a eggscellent market day. The lineup is amazing, the tunes are cranking and the eats will make you forget about the chocolate! Grab the fam bam and head on down!

Sunday 1st April at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30am - 1pm

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International Women’s Day – Patron Award Ambassador

Earlier this month we were awarded the Patron’s Award on International Women’s Day. Celebrating many amazing women, the lunch saw a room full of smart, driven and creative women come…

Earlier this month we were awarded the Patron's Award on International Women's Day. Celebrating many amazing women, the lunch saw a room full of smart, driven and creative women come together to celebrate our achievements. It was such an honour to be awarded this award, by women and for women and we're now proud Ambassador's for this special day.

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