What began as a humble market with three stalls, a total of eight visitors and a roaring trade of $30 is barely recognisable when you look at today’s bustling Original Eumundi Markets, now the largest craft and artisan markets in Australia.
The evolution just goes to show how true the adage ‘from little things, big things grow’ really is. On March 23, the markets will celebrate 40 years since the inaugural Eumundi Village Market was held.
In 1979, Eumundi was a quiet town of one main street, with farms spreading from Belli to Noosaville and the community social calendar still included dances in the School of Arts hall and regular cattle and horse sales.
The market now attracts around 1.2 million people each year and is a true Sunshine Coast icon.
The Original Eumundi Market continues to be run by the Eumundi & District Historical Association (EHA), a not-for-profit association which supports local community and historic projects and has always ensured that their market has an emphasis on handmade products, with the ethos of “make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, there are daily giveaways through the Facebook page and if you visit the markets before March 23 and spend more than $30 in one transaction, you will get an entry into a pool of great prizes. Just remember to ask the stallholder to give you an entry form.
Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre which is run by EHA will be having an exhibition of the history on the market from 2pm on March 23 until June 1 in its Wan’din’in arts space complete with a mocked up retro stall circa 1980s.