Oatlands Handmade is a little shop in, well… Oatlands! Okay so that bit might be obvious, but what you might not realise is just how much Rowena has packed into her gorgeous heritage building.

Oatlands Handmade - Heritage Highway
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Oatlands Handmade, charming Heritage Highway town

Oatlands Handmade: Hunting for Treasure

We went to Oatlands in the midlands of Tasmania with some friends. They were on the hunt for antiques, and we mapped out a Sunday drive from Hobart via Sorell, Richmond, and Ross. While they searched for treasures in Oatlands, we joined a tour of Callington Mill.

Oatlands Handmade - Opposite Callington Mill
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Visit Oatlands Handmade and Callington Mill

Oatlands Handmade is directly opposite the Mill Complex. You can’t miss the cheery sign and the duo of concrete sheep at the door. But what really caught my eye was the Tassie Devil offering a welcome to customers. Rowena stocks the Tasmanian Softies and says they’re popular with young tourists looking to spend their holiday pocket money.

Oatlands Handmade - Tassie Devils
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Handmade Tassie Devils by Tasmanian Softies

Once inside Oatlands Handmade, you’re in for a real treat. The building itself is wonderful, and houses work produced by Tasmanian makers and designers. Gifts and homewares; clothing and jewellery; fudge and art all take their place arranged in several rooms.

Oatlands Handmade - Fashion
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Unique fashion pieces: Oatlands Handmade, Tasmania

Clearly passionate about promoting her store as a retail avenue for only Tasmanian-made art and craft, Rowena is a bubbly and energetic personality. Having always dreamed of starting a business like Oatlands Handmade, when Ryder Cottage came on the market, all the stars aligned to make it happen.

Oatlands Handmade - Jams & Preserves
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Gourmet jams and preserves: locally made, OatlandS

Over 40 local artisans currently sell their work through Oatlands Handmade. Rowena is only interested in showcasing top quality products, but she’s somehow managed to collect a diverse and unique range of goods.

Oatlands Handmade - Bags
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Interesting, locally-made: Oatlands Handmade

The jewellery on display is exquisite; I particularly liked the sterling silver Chain Maille Jewellery. Okay, so that’s intended as a blatant hint (because the Casaveen Knitwear that was supposed to be under the Christmas tree didn’t ever appear).

Oatlands Handmade - Jewellery
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Jewellery made by talented and creative Tasmanians

Another thing that caught my eye (being an avid reader)… the bookmarks from No More Dog Ears. At just a tad under $20; they make a perfect gift without costing a fortune. Just like the Tassie Devils and the handmade jams and chutneys, a decent souvenir to take away from a Tasmanian holiday.

Oatlands Handmade - Ribbon Bookmarks
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Oatlands Handmade: No More Dog Ears

Oatlands Handmade is at 112 High Street in Oatlands Tasmania. Phone 03 6254 1391 for details of opening hours.

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