Punny Plants are frequent Rummagers and impress us time and time again with their consistently fantastic wares. You almost can’t leave a Rummage without one of their little cement pots, which house the sweetest of succulents!
We chatted to the team about other Rummagers that have been invaluable supports and their hopes for the future. We’re sure their success will continue to bloom!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Tess and I run Punny Plants; a small market stall that sells handmade concrete planters filled with funky little succulents. Each succulent is super easy to care for, and every pot is truly one of a kind!
Why do you do what you do? When I first started growing succulents I remember being incredibly frustrated at the lack of small planters at big shops like Bunnings. So I started making my own!
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? There are just too many to name! I love all the stalls that come along to the Suitcase Rummage in Brisbane City, but Rose Leather Crafting is one of my faves! Chris, who runs Rose Leather Crafting, creates the most incredible handmade kangaroo leather wallets! He was super supportive when I first started out and I can’t thank him enough! Potato Queeen is another of my favourites. The awesome duo Maddy & Nancy run Potato Queeen, which features some of the coolest handmade clothes in Brisbane (and all the skirts have pockets)! Laura Clare Illustrations is another great rummager! She draws the most exquisite animal portraits, and is always great to stop and have a chat to!
What excites you? Plants of course! You’ll always find me at an orchid show or at Masters checking out the new range of plants! When I’m not gardening, I’m trawling through Instagram and Pinterest looking for new ideas!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? My stall layout is pretty simple, so I try and use a lot of colour to stand out from the crowd. I stack my suitcases so that my stall is up off the ground. I find that if people can see what you are selling then they are much more likely to come over and check it out!
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? The best advice I ever got was to keep coming back and keep trying! It is hard work, but so much fun! Also, if you are going to sell concrete definitely invest in a trolley to carry it (I learnt that the hard way!).
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I’ll definitely be at the Suitcase Rummages for a long time to come! I’d really love to make Punny Plants into a viable part-time job and perhaps expand to some other markets! Aside from that I’m looking to include herbs and possibly cut flowers, and try and make my stall as pretty and vibrant as possible.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? I confess I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I love trying out new cafés around the place. My favourite coffee shop at the moment is called Q Roasters! They ethically source all their coffee beans, and make a mean cuppa!
Where we can we find and follow you? (I.e. website, Instagram, facebook, etsy, markets etc.)
And of course I’m always at the Brisbane City Suitcase rummage!
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I love the atmosphere and how friendly everyone is! The live music is always on point, and I really love spending the day chatting to other stall holders!