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The Swamphen finds a new nest!

Purple Swamphen Flinders Island sunset

Yes, the Flinders Island rumour is true: the Swamphen is expanding!

This time of year is a signigicant one for the Swampy: on 29th June 2014 the doors opened for the first time. Two years later Mel took over the business solo, freeing Helen up for coffee roasting & other important tasks. Now, as the Swamphen turns 6, we’re moving next door into the larger, lighter premises of 9 Lagoon Rd!

This move means the Swamphen can take in larger items (eg locally made furniture), expand the range of handmade gifts & plastic-free homewares, and hopefully offer workshops & classes. I have some big dreams!

I’m very conscious of keeping the growth slow & organic though, so I can keep it sustainable long-term. I can’t support my local makers & customers if I burn out! So bear with me as I learn how far I can fly πŸ™‚

The move takes place during the July school holidays (Mon 6th onwards). I’ll be trying to stay open the whole time… we’ll see how well that goes!

Thank you so much to my amazing makers & customers for giving me the confidence to take this next step.

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Flinders Island handmade goes online!

Purple Swamphen Flinders Island handmade online shop

It was always my intention to have part of the Swamphen online, but it took a global pandemic to finally push me down the rabbithole! It’s going to be pretty rough for a while, as I’m trying to throw products at it as fast as I can. This means I’m not overthinking the photography and the descriptions. Hopefully they’ll be upgraded once I get the online shop stocked to a decent point.

My in-store Swamphen days are currently Tuesdays & Fridays. These will be my post office days, and I’ll aim to get parcels there by 2pm to catch the afternoon mail plane.

If you’re familiar with the Swamphen nest in Whitemark, you’ll have a rough idea of the items I stock. It’s going to be impossible for me to put every item online with pics and descriptions. If you think something exists but you don’t see it here online please contact me. Chances are it’s on the shelf but not online yet.

I’m more than happy to put together packages, and to suggest items. Need something for that niece who’s turning 11? For your cousin who was supposed to be getting married? A little something for yourself so you can brighten up your social media pics? Give me your budget and some guidelines and I can help out.

Yep, it’s the same Swamphen service as always, including free gift wrapping. You’ll have to provide the soundtrack yourself, but know that I’m playing random vinyl while packing your order!

And obvs I’m obsessively washing my hands constantly, usually to Cottleston Pie.

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Think Global, Act Local

Flinders Island whitemark reflection mt strzelecki

Why “Think Global, Act Local”?

Ever since we opened way back in June 2014 (5 years ago!) the Purple Swamphen has had two goals:

  1. to support small handmade businesses by providing a local outlet to connect them with customers;
  2. to support and encourage people to create less waste (particularly plastics) to reduce our impacts locally and globally.

Just A Card and Plastic-Free July are two global movements that underpin everything we’re trying to achieve in our tiny corner of the world.

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