Friday, 21 June 2013

5 Questions with ARAUCANA

Can you give us a little bit of background as to your starting with and evolution of your product

One of my airline colleagues mentioned that the best rose hip oil in the world came from my home country: Chile.  Shortly after that, one of my Spanish students also mentioned she was using rose hip oil to improve her skin condition.

My childhood memory recollections of the Rosa Mosqueta use (a type of rose hip oil grown in Chile) struck a chord within and I began to research its properties and applications.

I had always been fascinated with the Cosmetics Industry and often wondered how big corporations could get away with charging astronomical prices for pretty packaging and not much else.

The opportunity to start Araucana presented itself in the by way of my redundancy after 25 years within the Travel Industry. I was inspired by the indigenous women of Chile (the Araucanian's) who had been using Mosqueta well before formal scientific studies were done in order to amass (document) its unique attributes. 

I am happy and proud to share with others the exceptional skin-loving properities  of Araucana's organic, unrefined 100% pure Rosa Mosqueta oil.

How long have you been a part of the Orange Grove Market "mob"

We actually started at Riverside Market (Gladesville) around April 2010, then Marrickville and now Orange Grove (which has now for about 2 years).

You are very passionate about your product. What are some of its elements you believe make it stand out from others

Araucana Organic Rosehip Oil is pure.  Do not expect the aroma of rose as it is not perfumed, bleached or mixed with other ingredients.

Araucana Rosehip Oil is a pure vegetable oil, extracted from nature rather formulated in a laboratory.  Some customers have turned to it after having allergic reactions to other rosehip oils and products.

Whilst fragrances and bleaching might make the oil more attractive in the commercial market, it would be at the expense of the oil's effective qualities.

Araucana Oil easily penetrates your skin without leaving (or feeling) a greasy residue. In fact, it's an edible oil thus absolutely safe for the is a natural and wholesome product.

What is about market life that makes it all worthwhile

In short it's the people!  People who come to an organic market are very special.  They are usually well informed and they know a quality product when they see it.

Meeting people and answering their questions has taught me a lot more about my own product!  I have gained knowledge from my customers as to how Araucana can assist in providing relief to those who may suffer from psoriasis, how they (the customers) use Araucana as part of their daily routine and more.

It is so  fulfilling and being able to learn from others which in turn assists not just myself but the growth of my product.

For anyone who has yet to discover the wonders of Araucana, what 5 words would you use to encourage them to swing by your stall and give it a try?

Araucana is fresh, simple, uncomplicated, safe and effective!

As the saying goes "you gotta learn something new every day" and this is yours!  Swing by and say Hi to Marisol and discover for yourselves the wonders of Araucana!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Weekly Shoutout!

Geoff Heaton



@I Love Orchids

The BBQ King (couldn't NOT put it in: an oldie but a goodie)

Friday, 14 June 2013

Sharing the love of Orange Grove with Alice Gruzman

Judging from the amount of photos that you take, you are a HUGE fan of Orange Grove Markets (for which we thank you!).  When did this love affair start?

We moved to Lilyfield about 2 years ago and have basically being going to Orange Grove Markets every weekend since

What is one item you simply can't not NOT buy at our markets?

I'm sure if i can narrow it down to one item!  I always start with a coffee, my husband treats himself to 2 bacon & egg rolls 

my 2 year old devours a spinach & cheese gozleme

My 3 year old loves the goat's curd as well as the banana bread

and I love the fresh bread and all the amazing fruit & veg.

With all the goodies you purchase, do you have a particular all time "number-one-orange-grove-master-chef-must-have-on-a-regular-basis" recipe using the produce you have bought?

I love raw vegan smoothies for brekkie and Orange Grove Market has all my favourite ingredients: bananas, fresh berries, apples, passion fruit, kale, baby spinach and mint.

Has your love for Orange Grove Markets seeped its way in to the lives of all around you?

My family and friends often meet us at Orange Grove: we bring a picnic rug and set up near the playground so the kids can have a run around and we can enjoy a moment's peace in the sun!

If you had to sum up Orange Grove in 5 words, what would they be

It's hard to summarise the vibe of this amazing market in 5 words!



An enormous THANK YOU to Alice for sharing a bit of her time and love for Orange Grove Markets and for letting us share some of her photos!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Shout out to our stgrammers!

Nothing like a stgrammer's shoutout and here are a few from OG who were more than happy to let us share their love with you!







Friday, 7 June 2013

5 Questions with......Linda Connell

Can you give us a little bit of history behind what would become the legendary Recycology

I started collecting Vintage when I was around 10 years old.  I had my first shop in the mid-70's and then the travel bug bit.  From Kathmandu to London by double-decker bus : but that's a whole 'nother story!

I re-opened Recyology in 1990 at Neutral Bay and have been trading ever since, either as shop-fronts, pop-ups plus about 12 years at Orange Grove! (phew!)

What have been some of the highs of market life

Getting to know fellow stallholders & watching (some) of their businesses grow to become quite successful!  Noice!

Chatting with some very interesting customers about their lives and in turn them finding out about my successes.

Being recognised by the public (if I'm out and about elsewhere)!  I have to be on my "best" behaviour these days!!!  I was recognised twice in one week recently.....scarey

You recently had your debut at another market of ours.  Is there are noticeable difference between the demographic audience or is it merely a case of once a vintage lover, always a vintage lover

I like Double Bay Market for its casual but smart laid back feel (if that makes sense).  It feels free & new as it's still growing.  

The park is gorgeous, up-market clientele but having said that, I've encountered tourists, corporates and mums (the later don't buy much sadly).

I tend to focus on modern rather than vintage at the Double Bay Market but at Orange Grove I have very "fixed" regulars.

I've spent many years building a rapport with them and I often hear passers-by saying "this is my favourite stall" and I often see my stock being worn as well!  Such a great feeling!

Neither markets have hagglers.

I have also tried another location but for some reason didn't work out as well as Orange Grove (and now Double Bay) so it could come down to demographics, or my price point.  Baffling.

Where do you source most of your items from?

I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you....seriously!  I get asked this 3 or 4 times a market!

In 5 words, why should people buy vintage?

Unique, Eco-Friendly, Re-sellable, has "provenance" or.....(5 words) "the thrill of the chase"

And with that we say THANK YOU to the lovely Linda and her Recycological way of thinking!