General Collective offers the ultimate festive season experience in Auckland
Auckland’s hottest market provider General Collective is set to raise the standard in Christmas Market experiences for everyone when it takes over the ASB Showgrounds on November the 12th.
The General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market will showcase 250 independent designers, makers and Scandinavian designed wares, craft and gifts attracting market-goers from as far as Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown.
General Collective has become a leader in the fully curated market scene. Led by Rose Barbarich, the markets were launched in Ellerslie, 2014. General Collective is now the largest independently curated market in Auckland offering the best place to buy and support independent, locally designed products.
The Scandinavian Christmas Market is an annual event and is a collaboration of Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian cultures supported by NZ Scandinavian Business Association to celebrate their countries food, craft and design. The event has grown in popularity over the past five years, and this year the expertise and collaboration with General Collective will kick off a brand new era for the Christmas Markets.
The fresh and modern General Collective markets are turning the reputation of old craft market experiences on its head, now being full of original, unique and handmade contemporary designs. The outlet for stallholders to show their products at a General Collective Market has Rose fielding requests full time from around New Zealand.
General Collective social media on Facebook and Instagram offer national and international exposure for stallholders. The number of followers for both General Collective and individual stallholders on social media grows daily.
General Collective holds markets quarterly throughout the year and are a highlight in many diaries across New Zealand. The popularity of these markets helped Rose make the decision to join forces to create a magical Christmas market on the company calendar. At last count there were 250 confirmed stalls offering the best of New Zealand and Scandinavian design.
“General Collective is creating a standout family Christmas experience in the heart of Auckland,” Rose says. “We are combining the two markets for an even better experience. Skip the mainstream malls, relax and buy handmade and locally designed products.”
With major sponsorship from LEGO, Volvo and Cult Design there will be live entertainment, free kids activities and spot prizes galore.
“The first 50 customers through the door will receive a goody bag full of LEGO, sweet treats and a range of handmade products at a value of over $180” Rose adds. “Plus a major prize on offer for two nights at Bethells Beach Cottages, use of a Volvo car for the weekend and more.”
As well as a range of quality craft and design stalls the market will feature street food vendors, artisan food producers, cakers and bakers. Preparations are well underway and it is sure to be an event not to be missed.
General Collective + Scandinavian Christmas Market
Saturday, 12th November 2016
9am - 3pm
ASB Showgrounds, Pavillion 3/4
217 Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland
$2 entry, under 15 years FREE