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MAYA PRODUCTS

Kumudini Fernando makes paper albums, as well as journals and other items from upcycled Golden books. All products are handmade by Kumudini. Upcycled little golden book journals, bookmarks and buntings, mini paper albums, story block sets with matching books, wooden jigsaw puzzles, mini magnets and large wooden nursery blocks.

"My business started nearly 9 years ago. I started with making mini albums with photos of our grandchildren. Friends and family loved the concept and wanted me to make the albums for their families, and that is how my business started. I have gone on to make other children's toys out of wood like the story block sets, which are very popular. I use only up-cycled books from the second-hand bookshops."
 

If you make or design your products yourself, do you have people help you with the production of the items? Do you see yourself primarily as an artist or business person, and why?

I make all my products and I see myself as an artist and a small business.

How do you go about sourcing products for your stall?

All my products are sourced from New Zealand.

What job did you do before you had your business?

Office Administration.

What motivates you to run your own business?

Just the sheer joy of being creative!!

How do you advertise and promote your business?

The Underground Market, Facebook, FELT and through word of mouth.

What is your top selling product and why do you think this is?

Story Block Sets & Little Golden Book Journals, because they are nostalgic and takes people back to their childhood. I love the look on peoples faces when they see their favorite book on display.

How do you spend your down time?

Walking and going to the movies.

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NZFUR+SKIN

Jesse Evenblij (Jesse and Kim)
Sheepskin, calf/cow skin and souvenir products. "Kim (Mum) has been in the business for over 35 years in the wholesale industry and I decided to start my own retail business. NZFUR+SKIN has been operating for just over 7 years now."


If you make or design your products yourself, do you have people help you with the production of the items? Do you see yourself primarily as an artist or business person, and why?
We do create some of our own products, we are also involved with the slipper production. For the rest of our products we travel to Christchurch to handpick these from our suppliers.
How did you decide on the theme of your stall? How do you go about sourcing products for your stall? What inspired you to sell these items?
We wanted something simple and elegant and took ideas from other stalls. We have had the same suppliers for over 30 years and continue to do business with them as they are 100% New Zealand owned selling New Zealand made products. Kim (Mum) was actually the first person to create a sheepskin insert for a dog/cat bed back in the early 80's.
What job did you do before you had your business?
I still have my own business designing websites and Mum continues to run her wholesale business. 
What motivates you to run your own business?
Meeting new people who are often visitors due to the products we sell, hearing their stories and seeing people fall in love with our products.
What are the biggest business lessons you have learnt?
Persistence, hard work and love for what you do are the most important things. Your business will grow with every single moment, sweat and tear you put into it. Also don't copy someone else, be unique and be different.
What business practices help you to be a more successful?
CUSTOMER SERVICE! Your customers are the lifeline of your business and without them you would be nothing. Having respect and understanding for your customers is most important, if something is wrong do everything in your power to fix it.. even if you are slightly out of pocket. Social media is so powerful so one bad review can ruin years of hard work.
What business achievement are you most proud of?
That our business continues to grow every month and that I am able to travel, spend time with friends and family and be your own boss.
What does success mean to you?
The end result of hard work.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully with my own a retail store or two, to start wholesaling new products and to rely solely on the business. 
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Pilot.
What business or design tip would you tell yourself of 5 or 10 years ago, that you wish you now knew?
Your business is not going to grow into an empire overnight.
How do you advertise and promote your business?
Facebook Advertising is the main one and our Website. We also get alot of business from word of mouth.
Is your business currently your main form of income?
Almost!
What product do you enjoy making/designing the most and why?
Sheepskin Mats for pets.. seeing the little dogs to come collect them with their owner is magical!
What inspires you, creatively?
Modern and geometrical design.
What is your top selling product and why do you think this is?
Classic White Full Sheepskin... because its a classic and everyone had them as kid growing up! 
How do you spend your down time?
Watching trashy tv and hanging with friends.

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INSPIRED LIVING

Abby & Suzanne of Inspired Living.

 

Unique and Inspired, Gifts, Décor and Accessories.

"We started at the Underground Market in July of 2013, and love the atmosphere, the community and the market spirit.

With an emphasis on unique New Zealand designs, but not limiting ourselves to the wonderful array of beautiful items available to us, we have gathered a selection of our favourites to bring to the Market.
 

We hope you come to visit us and begin your journey down a path of inspired living - because you deserve beautiful things in your life."



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SISTERHOUSE

Nicole Cosgrove is the brains behind Sisterhouse,

 

a stall which sells Tree-Earrings. These hanging perches are a great way to encourage the presence and visibility of birdlife in your garden. Tree-earrings are beautiful bird feeders designed and individually hand-crafted by Nicole. The inspiration for these bird feeders came from her observations of the bird life in her own garden in Wellington's beautiful Akatarawa valley.

"The tree earring that people seem to like most, is a design I call a 'Perch Pendant'. It’s a cone shaped wire feeder with a bamboo perch and a lovely long weighted drop suspended beneath it. It’s an elegant shape and just seems to appeal to lots of people.
At the moment I have 8 unique designs, from large nectar rings with little dishes, to small teardrop shapes with filigree edges. I enjoy the process of making them all, and especially working with a new shape or material and testing it in my garden to see how soon the birds come and feed from it.

Because I spend most of my time in a quiet bush valley with very few neighbors I get a lot of pleasure from coming in and selling at the Underground Market. Firstly for the company of the very diverse creative community there, and secondly because I get to meet a lot of mad bird lovers from around the world. Many of which have even been known to whistle different bird songs to me and can tell hilarious stories about their tribulations with squirrels- the scourge of the bird feeding world.

Apart from the Tree Earrings looking beautiful hanging in gardens, I know how much simple pleasure they can bring to people just spending time watching the birds and helping to provide for them.
I like living in an environment that inspires my work, and creating a garden here in the Akatarawa Valley with the river always present and the possibility of seeing a Grey Warbler feeding a Shining Cuckoo chick, or a pair of Morepork feasting on Puriri moths is pretty amazing."

Her simple and elegant sculptural hangings are a feature in any setting, from small urban court yards, patios and verandahs to large country gardens.  They are easily attached to any structure or tree and provide endless opportunities for accessing the delightful pleasures of all year round bird watching. Once they find your Tree earrings, the birds will reward you by returning every day.

Offering birds a helping hand to find food, especially in the late summer and winter months, can make your garden or terrace their favourite environment.  

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ZAMM LIGHTS

Anna from Zamm Lights

 

I make…
Lamp shades - I design and create a range of contemporary hand crafted lamps and lamp shades. My lampshades are silk screen printed in a range of Pacifica designs. My pendant and drum lampshades can be used as a hanging shade or put onto a lamp base. I have a range of lamp bases that I can sell with my lampshades. My lampshades can flat pack for easy transportation and posting. I also have cushion covers and aprons in the same designs as my lamp shades.

It all started when…
A few years ago I decided to make some lampshades for our home. I then started selling them at a few fairs around the Wellington area and discovered a wonderful world of designing, creating and marketing which I love!

So I now have a stall at Frank Kitts Underground Market every Saturday and I have a small shop located in one of the boatsheds on the waterfront under Frank Kitts Park in Wellington. The shop is open during the week and on Sundays when the weather permits.

My craft philosophy is...
Enjoy and have fun when creating!

The best thing about being at the Underground Market is...
The people. There is an amazing group of interesting and creative stall holders at the market. We have a real sense of sense of community and there is always a real buzz about the place and we have lots of fun! I really enjoy all the customers – I find it really energising interacting with lots of different people types of people from all parts of New Zealand and the world.

The last crafty thing I bought was...
A beautiful hand crafted brooch by Julia Huyser Design who has a stall next to me at the market.

My favourite place to go in Wellington for inspiration is...
My lounge! Our house is located high on the hills above Lyall Bay and we have huge windows that look out over the bay. I always find it inspiring looking out on that view and love the South Coast of Wellington with its often wild coastal weather.


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AROMASENSE

Essential oils and diffusers for your body and home.


"We are Marco and Elena a husband and wife team. We are inspired by nature: what is good for nature is good for us. We enjoy being surrounded by beautiful aromas of essential oils of Rose, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Neroli and Patchouli.

 

Our interest lies in creating beautiful products with essential oils that are a beautiful contribution to your daily life; and in being able to enjoy small pleasures along the way."

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BOUTIQUE NZ - GIFTS & SOUVENIRS

Deborah Lewis sells New Zealand designed & made wall panels, designer tea towels, foldable vases, and other homewares sourced from around the country.

"I attended The Learning Connexion Art School part time for five years and graduated as a Ceramic Sculptor. I have always wanted to own my own business and coming from a business minded family I started thinking of ways to develop my love of art & retail business and how to blend them together. I initially started at markets and through word of mouth heard about the Wellington Underground market. At the same time I was setting up business at Nzique, Petone which is a tourist store and I have established myself there for eight years now. Through the Underground market I heard about the Pop up Villages and began selling there two years ago. I have a website being built which will be ready to launch within the next few months. My products are varied and include New Zealand designed & made artwork, outdoor art panels, home decor, Matakana Botanicals & much more."

Do you see yourself primarily as an artist or business person, and why?

I see myself as both artist & business person as I have been involved in both areas.

What inspired you to sell these items?

I wanted my stall theme to be a boutique and products that are aimed mainly at the female market, although I do get alot of men buying my products for family & friends. So the products now reach a broader market. Initially I spent alot of time sourcing products online & also through suppliers who knew other suppliers. My giftware comes from as far as Nelson to Auckland and numerous locations in between. I worked in the construction industry for 20 years and my inspiration for alot of the giftware comes from working on colour schemes for apartments & townhouses, putting together kitchen designs & setting up Show Homes around the Wellington region. I have always had a good eye for colour, & selling teatowels which are basically fabrics, cushion covers etc which are designed with a New Zealand theme and the use of complementary colours appealed to me.

What job did you do before you had your business?

I was a Interior Decorator/Administrator for a family owned Construction business.

What motivates you to run your own business?

My passion motivates me to run my own business, to be my own boss and to make my own decisions.

What are the biggest business lessons you have learnt?

I have learnt that unless you have a product that will sell to a large market without fail & that the pricing structure is set in such a way that it appeals to the mass, then you can never go wrong.

What business practices help you to be a more successful?

My father was a Chartered Accountant, so at a very young age I was working in his Accountancy business learning to do wages on a manual system, how to use a calculator, how to problem solve on my own. This accounting knowledge has helped me keep my business running financially, even when times are a bit slow I know what steps I need to take or who to talk to to ensure everything runs smoothly.

What business achievement are you most proud of?

Im proud of the fact that customers often given me complements about the look of my stall or shop & that they love my products.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I see myself financially secure & successful.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a hairdresser.

What business or design tip would you tell yourself of 5 or 10 years ago, that you wish you now knew?

I would tell myself 5 or 10 years ago to take the time to make the right business decision & to slowly research & discuss with people in the industry, before you go headfirst into a venture.

How do you advertise and promote your business?

My business is advertised on a facebook page. It is also advertised on the Wellington Underground facebook page when we are working at the Pop up Village. I will soon have a website launched so that will advertise itself. Every gift i wrap up I pop a business card inside. I also have my business name & details on both sides of my car + a sign at every place I work at.

What is your top selling product and why do you think this is?

I have alot of top selling products so its a little difficult to break it down to just one. The foldable vases are very unique & people do a double take when they see them, so I would say that falls into one of the top selling products. I think its important to sell giftware that is unqiue, quirky & fun. I appeal to peoples sense of humour.

How do you spend your down time?

I spend down time with friends & family.

I have a retail outlet at NZique, corner Jackson Street, Petone I sell at the Summer & Winter Pop up Villages on Taranaki wharf, Wellington.
 

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HESTER'S ARTS

Hester De Ruiter and her husband Joop are market favourites.

 

With a huge range of gorgeous NZ inspired screen printed homeware and accessories, they have lots of return customers. 

Hester and Joop screen print and make many different items, ranging  from cushions, iPad pouches, bags, deck chairs, tea towels, bean bags, pouffes, aprons and table runners in native flora themes with others thrown in as well.
 

"We live in Plimmerton with inspiring views of Cook Strait and wonderful sunsets. We love the Underground Market with great organisers and a friendly, fun stall holder community. Joop has developed the sound system throughout the market and has even had buskers connected so the whole market can hear the music."

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CHALKBOARDS.CO.NZ

Andy is a renowned chalkboard artist and signwriter from the UK. Chalkboards brings a range of chalkboard designs to the market, from jandal and fantail shapes to simple rectangle boards with classic style hand lettering by Andy. You can even request custom wording! There are also humorous gift cards, wall hangings and rustic art pieces available.

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BLUE STAR KIWI

A whole world of miniatures. Tiny cakes, plants, birds and furniture to delight all ages. A hit with children young and old.

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Under Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront
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