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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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Just A Card

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card’, we’d still be open”

Have you heard of the Just A Card campaign? I hadn’t until recently, but it really resonates with me!

Just A Card was founded by Sarah Hamilton, who read the above comment from a shop owner who had recently closed doors. Sarah decided something needed to be changed, so started encouraging small purchases from local businesses and makers.

Often we visit handmade shops & market stalls, and feel awkward that we can’t afford the big things, or perhaps the items aren’t really to our tastes. A graciously simple way to give support is to buy a card!


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