SINCE last July a group of market stalls has been set up on the second Saturday of each month, in the Jack Heberle Reserve on the corner of Embankment Drive and the Kiewa Valley highway, forming Mt Beauty’s Alternative Market.
As a veteran of many local craft markets, Karli Tysluk, proprietor of Alpine Nirvana gift shop in Tawonga South, understands many creative people have difficulty selling their products due to the exorbitant cost of insurance.
“The main reason I wanted to start an alternative market here was that I wanted to give everyone the chance to sell their craft without risking too much financially,” she said.
“We do have insurance, but it is an umbrella which covers all the participants in the market, and stallholders only need to pay if they actually set up a stall.
“It works out to about half the insurance cost of the market in the CBD.”
The stalls at the alternative market are an eclectic mix, with fresh produce, plants, pottery, jewellery, crystals, second hand goods, books and vintage clothing drawing an increasing number of customers.
Ms Tysluk said that during the market’s eight-month life the number of clients has been definitely building.