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« on: April 17, 2006 12:05:36 AM »

Well, I've been living here for awhile now, but I still don't really know all the exciting crafty places to buy supplies or handmade goods. In fact, I know barely anywhere! I only really goto Spotlight, Kirks and Knitworld for supplies, and I don't really know anywhere for handmade stuff.

Please share your knowledge! Smiley Any good cafe/restaurants would be appreciated too!
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Spangle
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2006 02:36:22 PM »

Hey there! Well it's been a while since I lived in Wgtn (I miss it!) but I used to work at Trades Hall in Vivian St (no smirking, please) so at that end of town I would recommend:

Goldings Handcrafts in Marion St (about halfway down, opposite the entrance through to Marion Square). They have all kinds of everything. http://www.goldingcraft.com
Olive Cafe in Cuba Street (the garden out the back is just gorgeous on a sunny day)
Fidels Cafe in Upper Cuba (same side as Olive, but a block or two up, close by the fish place).

Cheers!
Miriam
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Toast.
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 02:12:11 AM »

Its been awhile for me too, but when I lived there I mostly frequented:
Ed's juice bar
Krazy lounge (krazy chips. YUM!)
The family ( a crazy zine/ clothing store I don't now if its still around though)

Well actually I was an animal rights activist/vegan so i mostly only went to places that sold good vegan food and hung out in town for protests and shit. Crazy times.

Oh and that free art place accross from the library? I can't remember what its called, but thats AWESOME. I hope thats still going. The womens centre in welly is awesome too.

I don't think that was much help. sorry!
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006 03:49:47 AM »

Rhiannon - I love love love Krazy chips. mmmm, tasty. You might know Mark Eden? Used to work in the same building with him (Trades Hall) and some of his vegan/animal rights cohorts :-)

Was the free place you're thinking of Vincents? They're still going strong,
http://www.vincents.co.nz/

Miriam
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ellipse
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2006 04:01:49 PM »

I just heard about
New Zealand Exhibition of Jewellery Design 2006, 8 - 11 June 2006 here in Wellington
they have a section called The Marquee which is aimed at 'designers/craftspeople
who usually choose to sell their work through more informal venues, such as markets and community events.'

here's the twist applications closed on April 20th, had anyone heard about this event?
I'm still appliying, just in case becuase it could be quite good - cross fingers
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006 11:04:07 PM »

hah yeah miriam, I know Mark. He's a strange strange creature. : ) we spent alot of time with him and wellington animal action while we were in wellington, we moved down partially to help out!
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lodestar_j
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006 02:38:52 AM »

ah i love welly.... but am now winding up the last two months of my 3 years here.... if you know where to look there are so many crafty nooks and crannies all over town.

some things off the top of my head:

global fabrics on that street off cuba street (opposite Floriditas restaurant) has great fabrics

fabric warehouse (i think is the name) on kaiwharawhara road near all the interior design and upholstery shops

bead village (i think is the name) on jackson street petone has a good selection of beads and cheaper than the ones in town

great op-shopping in petone and other suburbs like kilbirnie (the mary potter hospice shop etc)
some suburbs have craft days too i think the last saturday of the week or something. as about the ones in
kilirnie and brooklyn

i go to life drawing on thursdays at the turnbull house. its cheap ($4 for students) and you get to draw a model and listen to classical music (on tape) a great relaxing way to end thursday i think

hunting down the poems and excerpts about wellington set in stone all along the harbour front

and cafes! i love fidel's at the end of cuba, the parade cafe on oriental parade, pranah in newton. cheap eats i love are like jewel of nepal in newtown and dinners at the hare krishna's (good cheap vegetarian karma free food). the choices... oh the choices!!

wellington has a way of growing on you and revealing itself if you give it some time. and before you know it you'll have discovered your own favourite corners..... ah i will miss you welly....
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2007 01:41:56 PM »

heya!
im moving to wellys b4 the end of january (currentlyt living in the naki!) to finish my art dip at the learning connection in island bay. Hav u heard much about the course? I know one person in wellys! so if anyones keen to adopt me i promise i wont bite!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007 11:22:36 PM »

I recommend two places for finding groovy people.  First stop, Oblong on the little mall off Cuba Mall (does it have its own name? not sure).  Oblong is the local cooperative run internet cafe and the Freedom Shop anarchist book shop runs out of there.  There's good community notices in there (look for the Magnetic Fridge Diary flyer) and it has a good couch for crafting on.

Most importantly is the Revolutionary Clandestine Sewing Circle which meets at 128 Abel Smith Street (Community House) on Sundays at 3.  Heaps of cool stuff happens at 128!

And hang at either of those two places and you might get to meet Mark E!

Oh I miss Wellington..
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2007 06:00:34 PM »

thanks for the plug rayna (and mazal tov on the new baby!)

sewing circle has been on hiatus for a while but is now resurrected seeing as i'm homeless and got nothing better to do. so, clandestine revolutionary sewing circle, sundays 1pm at the activist community centre 128 abel smith st. ooh, and our myspace is www.myspace.com/sewingcircle. and you might see my badly photocopied posters around town as well.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2007 07:04:36 PM »

Thanks Smiley

Hey got a copy of the poster electronically so I can put on my blog as a plug for you guys?  If so, email it to me kakarikioteao at gmail dot com

Groovy
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2007 06:51:13 AM »

didn't know you had a myspace. I'll have to check it out.

There is also a Goldings in the Harbour Centre, the mall that Kirks kitchen stuff is in. It isn't as good as the Marion Sq shop, but still handy if your in that part of town.

Krazy lounge is gone now. the fidels ppl have opened up Ernesto's instead. Nothing quite like celebrating revolutionaries by opening up capitalist cafes  Tongue
My fave cafe is Pranah in N'town. Its totally vege, not quite vegan enuff, but still good. they dont charge extra for soy milk.

Vincents workshop (the free artspace) has moved in to the dominon post building. Not the old old one, but the most recent old one - if that makes sense. It is on Willis st just past starbucks. The council sold off Vincients old building and kicked out lots of community groups.

I think this thread should be re-named the MarkE fan club. We love MarkE! (and the animals too)
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2007 07:41:55 PM »

haha. mark e got real paranoid when i told him people were gossiping about him on a craft website.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2007 05:25:17 PM »

Hey there all. I recently found out about the Aro Valley Markets that are starting up the first Saturday of each month, first one will be May 5th.

I was wondering if any Wellingtonians here might pop along, check it out, and report back.

The info I have says:
"Aro Valley Community Centre and basketball court on the first Saturday of each month from 8am-12pm - weather permitting.

The Markets will be craft and community focused with music, food and plenty of interesting bargains!  Come along, meet the local community, have a picnic in the park, and enjoy a variety of art, crafts, second hand items, clothes, badges, and much more.."

If it's worthwhile as a craft-selling venue I thought I might head down (from Palmerston North) for the June one.

Thanks!
Miriam
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makimaki-iti
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2007 04:54:27 AM »

Depending of whether or not i have community gardening stuff to do, I will probably go and will be happy to report back. It also depends on if I'm outa bed by 12. The June market will be around Queens Birthday and so might be busy and a good time to sell stuff.
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kakariki
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2007 06:47:38 PM »

haha. mark e got real paranoid when i told him people were gossiping about him on a craft website.
He he, can just picture that!
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2007 02:50:50 PM »

haha. mark e got real paranoid when i told him people were gossiping about him on a craft website.

Haha same here. sitting at his little desk surrounded by choc soy milk containers.
Don't you agree that he would make the best cartoon character?
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2007 05:26:59 PM »

he he, yip definitely
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2007 05:08:54 AM »

i'm doing a stall at the aro market tomorrow so i'll let y'all know how it is
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2007 06:42:11 PM »

I didn't go to the market at Aro hall yesterday. didnt realise that it started at 8am and only went till noon. i'd be keen to hear what people think of it though.
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2007 08:14:42 PM »

hmmm... it started off pretty quiet.i got there at 9:30 and there was no one there except other stall holders. it kinda picked up by 11, but i think mostly coz people showed up for the aro valley bloc party.

we didn't really sell much, but we were flogging anarchist literature rather then crafts so maybe the crafters did better.

anyway i'm sure it'll pick up momentum if they keep organising them, and have them later in the day.
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« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2007 10:27:52 PM »

Ah. Very interesting, thanks. I might email the organiser and see what the story is for next month. Cheers,
Miriam
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2007 10:31:43 PM »

it did sound a bit early in the morning for aro street

But i have news we are confirmed with a craft2.0 back at TheNewDowse in August
so once we get applications open i'll let everyone here know.
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« Reply #23 on: May 11, 2007 11:26:39 PM »

Hi,

Is there any kind of S&B type craft group in Wellington?  I'd like to be able to knit in company.  A friend in Paraparaumu goes to a craft night at the community centre - once a fortnight or so people of all ages rock up with their crochet, cross-stitch, sketching or whatever.  Sounds fab.  Does anyone know of a group like that reachable by bus from Newtown, or should I start one up?

Cheers, BB
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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2007 05:31:31 PM »

There's not one I know of, but if you started one up I'd definatley come along. And Im sure I could rustle up some support elsewhere...
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anarkalilith
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2007 05:32:00 PM »

we used to hold the clandestine revolutionary sewing circle at 128 abel smith st on sunday afternoons but lately we've all been busy sundays so it hasn't happened.

there's a new knitting circle being held at the southern cross on thursdays from 7 til 9 though, here's the info:

HOLY KNIT BATMAN!
A knitting circle for beginner and experienced knit nerds.

7-9pm every Thursday at the Southern Cross.

There will be some wool, needles, patterns and other bits and pieces for those starting out, and I'll be around to teach people the wrong way of doing things.
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2007 03:04:40 AM »

oh, and clandestine revolutionary craft circle is now wednesdays 4pm at 128 abel smith st.
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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2007 01:05:56 AM »

cool, see you there, if i'm not on the picket line with the locked out hospital workers.
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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2007 01:06:49 AM »

hii!!
moving to wellington at the start of next month!!!!
where are some good opshops? preferably in the city center or newtown area (where ill be living)
cause i absolutly live for opshopping!
thank yooou
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« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2007 06:20:09 PM »

there's an awesome op shop in newtown called opportunity for animals. it's on riddiford st and the proceeds all go to animal rights groups. newtown also has a salvation army which is pretty affordable, and there's another salvation army on ghuznee st in town. there's an op shop on cuba st which is a tad pricey but still worth going too. and there's a few save marts in the suburbs i think, but i never really make it out that way.
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« Reply #30 on: June 08, 2007 04:55:38 AM »

theres also a st. vinnies in newtown near the supermarket, and one on adelaide road opposite wellington high.

i went to the sallies in kilbirnie the other day and got some good stuff. its on the same street as pack n slave and seems cheaper than the newtown one.
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