New craft outlet opens in Bingara

April 6, 2011

Bingara has another new business in the main street. Bingara Wattle Arts and Crafts opened at the beginning of March, with the goal of providing an outlet for the many talented people in the area.

The shop, at the top end of the main street, is run by three local people and one from Wollongong, who wishes he was a local!

According to one of the partners, Shirley Witts, “Bingara needed it. There are so many people around doing crafts. We wanted to provide an outlet for people to sell what they have produced, rather than seeing it mount up around the house.”

A regular drop in morning is being planned to encourage both locals and visitors to  bring their crafts to the shop on Thursdays, to spend some time together.

“We intend asking visitors at the caravan park to come in too. Often the men go off fishing or playing golf, while the women travel with their craft. We want to welcome them to Bingara and give them the opportunity to socialise with the locals,” Shirley said.

The owners of the business are involved in a number of crafts themselves, including mosaics, folk art and 3D cards, photography and framing, silver work and wood craft.

The shop offers those goods together with pottery, paintings, quilts, gift cards, as well as children’s and baby clothes.

The business will run as a co-operative with an annual membership fee and a commission paid from sales.  The co-op already has a number of members spread over a very wide area including Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Walcha, Walgett, Inverell, Toowoomba, Barraba and of course, Bingara.

Craftspeople are invited to join the co-op so that they can display and sell their work to the public. The business also intends running classes for any sort of craft that people are willing to teach.

The shop will be open seven days a week.

47, Maitland Street
Bingara NSW 2404
Contact: Julie, Pam & Judy
Mobile: 0427 031 663
Telephone: 02 6724 1993