Stallholders made more than $3000 in sales through the Local Collective pop-up shop last week, with the market opening up further business opportunities for some Kalgoorlie-Boulder creatives.
It was the second time this year Artgold had hosted the pop-up shop on Burt Street, in which 14 local artists, makers and designers showcased their products and services.
Artgold co-ordinator Sarah Hinton said the initiative gave local creatives the chance to interact directly with the community and work collaboratively with other small business owners.
“For a lot of the small local businesses, they often work from home and don’t often have a lot of contact with the community, so this gives them the chance to showcase their talent and their art,” she said.
It’s great because they work collaboratively to pay for the rent, the food and entertainment for the VIP launch, and they all sit on the roster, which means they all learn customer service skills and sales transactions in a retail environment Sarah Hinton
Ms Hinton said a new professional opportunity between four local businesses also emerged as a result of the pop-up shop.
“Choc A Box, Pink Sugar Crafts and Ginger and Jane have taken out a commercial lease at No.30 Burt Street, along with photographer Donnalea Wilyman, so she will have a studio in there and the other space will be for the retail holders,” she said.
“Musician Nick Costa played on our Monday night VIP launch and he also got a gig out of this and will be playing at the Northern Star Christmas party.”
Artgold is now taking expressions of interest for its end-of-year Local Collective market, with organisers considering the possibility of opening for several weeks.