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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 is at 112 High Street in Oatlands Tasmania. Phone (03) 6254 1391 for details.
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