Sue Whitton shows off one of the many unique handmade pieces made by local artists and on sale now.
Sue Whitton shows off one of the many unique handmade pieces made by local artists and on sale now. Shannon Newley

Give a gift from the heart

MADE with "heart and soul" is how Pam Wright describes the art and crafts being sold at the temporary arts and crafts store which has opened next to the Westpac Bank on Palmerin St.

The shop was set up in time for Christmas and shows off the hard work of members of the Warwick Potters, Warwick Spinners and Weavers and Warwick Woodcrafters groups.

Mrs Wright said all the pieces for sale were handmade locally with everything from toys to jewellery and woodcraft to pottery on offer.

"You do put a lot of yourself into them," she said. "And they are all one-offs. No two are the same."

She said the affordable wares - which started from just a couple of dollars - rarely made a profit for their makers.

"You don't get paid for your time. You might just get the materials back," she said.

"We do it because we love it."

Mrs Wright said the shop would be open all this week with volunteers manning the cash register.

"Jason (Gard) from Rose City Shoppingworld was kind enough to let us have this shop," she said.

Customer Shirley Olive was spotted making a few purchases from the store at the weekend.

"I like things that are different and unique," she said.

But whether or not the gifts Mrs Olive bought would make it to their intended recipients remained to be seen.

"If she doesn't like it, I'll have it," Mrs Olive said.

The shop is open from 9am to 3pm daily until Saturday.


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