The Story of Epping Cottage Crafts
Epping Cottage Crafts was started in 1982 by two local craft people in Epping, in Sydney's Northern District. We've held our annual Christmas craft sale every year since then, and we've gradually grown to about 30 members. So, 2016 was our thirty-fifth annual sale.
For most of our history, the sale was held at the scout hall in Willoughby Street, Epping, where it was a local tradition. A few years ago, the Scout Association converted the hall to other uses and it was no longer available to us. So we moved to the scout hall in the neighbouring suburb of Eastwood. The scout hall in Brush Farm Park has its own off-street car park, and is adjacent to a regular bus route.
The Eastwood hall is larger than the Epping hall was, so our members can show you a bigger range of their craft, and you have more space to walk around. Even on a hot day, the high ceiling of the hall helps to keeps it cool.
For most of our history, we let people in the local Epping area know about our sale by letterbox drop. When we moved to Eastwood, we also did this in Eastwood. In 2014 we added this webpage and a Facebook page, and we started an email list. In 2016, we had to discontinue the Epping letterbox drop, and so our email list is now our main publicity.
Since moving to Eastwood, we help the scouts & cubs by collecting gold coin donations at the door; the scouts & cubs help us with our letterbox drop and with setting up the tables, and we can all help the scouts when they run a sausage sizzle at the hall on the Saturday of the sale.
For more details see the 1st Brush Park Scouts web page.
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