Cotton Tree markets are a hit with locals and visitors alike

COLOURFUL CLOTHING: Lisa Turner makes her own clothes and sells them at Cotton Tree Markets.
COLOURFUL CLOTHING: Lisa Turner makes her own clothes and sells them at Cotton Tree Markets. John Mccutcheon

FOR more than 20 years, the Cotton Tree   Markets have been a regular fixture in Maroochydore, with up to 100 stalls lining the street every Sunday.

Manager Alison Quirk said the markets specialised in handcrafted items, with proceeds benfitting Bloomhill Cancer Help.

"There is fashion, jewellery, original artworks, sculptures, skincare, pottery, candles, homewares and kids' toys," Mrs Quirk said.

"Most of the stallholders make their own products.

"It provides people with a really unique, personalised touch which they don't get in a big department store."

She said visitors also could enjoy entertainment from Sunshine Coast singers and acoustic guitarists.

"It is a really vibrant, fresh, carnival-like atmosphere."

Lisa's Collection stall owner Lisa Turner said she enjoyed the friendly and casual feel of the markets.

"It's great to see many of the same friendly faces every week," she said.

Ms Turner, a fashion designer for 30 years, has been selling ladies' clothing at the markets for 11 years.

"I make all the clothing myself, specialising in fabrics, cotton, silk and rayon," she said.

"I bring in new styles every year including maxi dresses, beach dresses and casual clothing for women over the age of 35."

Ms Turner said she used an industrial machine to make up to 70 items a week.

"I began to develop an online business but people tend to prefer the face-to-face contact they get at the markets," she said.

"Many customers have been buying their clothes from me for 10 years."

The Cotton Tree Markets are open 7am-12noon.

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