Get your stall crawl on

EVENT: Whyalla Stall Crawl organisers Kylie Hughes, left, and Ann Yates, right, are looking forward to the two-day event this weekend. Photo: Supplied
EVENT: Whyalla Stall Crawl organisers Kylie Hughes, left, and Ann Yates, right, are looking forward to the two-day event this weekend. Photo: Supplied

A new way for locals to sell their homemade wares without having to invest in a full-blown market is coming to Whyalla this weekend.

The Whyalla Stall Crawl will see residents hop in their car and visit over 60 market stalls over two action-packed days, with food, woodcraft, candles and melts, handmade jewellery and much more on offer.

Organisers Ann Yates and Kylie Hughes said the idea came from trying to get more people involved in pop-up markets while keeping the event COVID-safe.

"We have a virtual map that has everyone's business name, what times they are open, and a link to their Facebook page," she said.

"Kylie also has a printed list for those people who don't have social media so they can go around town and head to the markets that they are keen on."

The event has proved popular with stay-at-home mums as well as those who run a small business on the side, giving them the opportunity to get more exposure in the community.

The Stall Crawl will be a testing ground for those who might be seeking to start a full-time business, allowing them to gauge the local interest in their wares.

Ms Yates said there was a lot on offer on the crawl, including some great Christmas gift ideas.

"Most of the stallholders said they had a lot of stock that they weren't able to sell, so they couldn't get behind this idea enough, they loved it," she said.

Ms Hughes said businesses participating in the previous stall crawl, held in August, had done 'exceptionally well' with sales.

"The public were really keen to get out for this because they couldn't go the markets they would normally due to COVID," she said.

"We really wanted the money to stay here, that's why we chose local stallholders...we've been overwhelmed with the support from the community, we are just two local women who love the town and wanted to make a difference."

The Whyalla Stall Crawl will run from Saturday, November 28 to Sunday, November 29. For more information ring 0407 340 216 or 0423 168 309 or check the Whyalla Stall Crawl Public Group Facebook page.