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Dec 092012

What do you get when you mix a social arty-crafty group with a beautifully preserved bowls club at Christmas time?

The ‘Bowlo Bazaar’ Christmas market, that’s what.

A small group called Birds of a Feather who meet at the Holland Park Bowls Club are holding their very first Bowlo Bazaar. I asked the event’s organiser, Jo Sullivan, to tell me a bit more about it.

“We gather twice a month to share ideas, drink enormous amounts of tea and engage in enormous amounts of chat. On top of all that we do a bit of craft!” Jo says.

And now these Birds of a Feather are welcoming in everyone for a friendly and relaxed Christmas market. Jo says anyone who appreciates handmade, upcycled and pre-loved items will appreciate the Bowlo Bazaar.

“It’s always rewarding to know that you’re giving something a new life by purchasing uniquely handmade, re-purposed or pre-loved goods and spreading the love so close to home all at the same time,” Jo says.

One of the stallholders, Casycat Designs does creative work with lego, crochet and felt accessories. Birdcage Vintage & Collectables will be there with pre-loved teacups, vases and the like. Jo also told us about Jane, a Birds of a Feather ‘Bird’ from Carindale who has been recycling her old stamp collection and working it into funky gift cards and stationery.

Jo describes the market as “fuss-free Christmas shopping” and says you’ll be able to play some barefoot bowls, grab  cold drinks and tasty BBQ food.

Bowlo Bazaar | Friday 14th December, from 5pm
Holland Park Bowls Club, Abbotsleigh St, Holland Park
Entry Fee:
GIVIT ( will be at the door collecting new toys (handmade or shop bought) to give to struggling families at Christmas time.
The event on Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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