Red Mandala

What’s your name?
Sarah Hartell
What is the name of your business?
Red Mandala
How long have you been trading?
Approximately 18 months
What products do you sell?
Fair Trade hand crafted Thai bags, purses and wallets and jewellery along with ethically sourced sterling silver jewellery set with natural gemstones hand crafted in India.
What sells the best?
Silver earrings are always an amazing gift choice.
What markets do you trade at?
Far and wide across Adelaide – from the La De Da Markets at Evanston to the In the Raw Festival at Mt Barker to the Semaphore Street Fair and Twilight Markets, the Campbelltown Moonlight Markets and everywhere in between.
How did it all begin?
Red Mandala began with my own individual style and the inability to find pieces in the commercial stores which reflected my own individuality – everything was produced by the thousands. As time went on I became interested in exactly how much workers in each of these countries were being paid to produce these amazing pieces we find for just a few dollars and wondered how they truly manage to survive. Hence my search began for pieces which not only reflected my own style, but were also sourced from companies and establishments which took the utmost pride in not only their products, but also the treatment of their employees and customer service standards.
What do you like most about being a stallholder?
The ability to create my own schedule and control my own space and connecting with my customers and hearing their own stories. There truly are some amazing and interesting people in our world.
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
Early morning winter starts are the toughest. Five AM on a cold and rainy winters morning can be a little hard to get going – but luckily there’s always a coffee vendor at a Market!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still trading and traveling throughout the Market and Festival world.
Any funny stories to share about your time as a stallholder?
Markets are always full of humour and every Market brings a story.
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Don’t take yourself too seriously and remember to smile. A smile and a friendly conversation is worth more to your customer than any sales pitch.
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