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GENERAL COLLECTIVE @ PONSONBY CENTRAL Ellerslie on a Saturday morning is not my usual destination but today I am venturing out of the Ponsonby bubble to suss out a market.

handmade crafts, clothes, jewellery, and ‘nice’ stuff. Our pace picks up, there’s definitely something new and different going on here!

I consider myself somewhat of a market aficionado; beginning with hot summer Saturdays at Cook Street Markets, where my mother sold her crocheted bikinis (back when crochet was not retro), followed by my own stall at Victoria Park selling boxer shorts. In my 20s in London, I lived above Camden Markets, and in my 30s frequented the gastronomic wonder that is Borough Markets. I have been on both sides of the trestle table, both vendor and purchaser of beautiful things, and now have a serious market addiction, daily enabled by having an office located right above Ponsonby Central. This time of year, however, that’s not quite enough. Christmas is coming and I need a bigger market fix. I crave desirable objects, ingenious design, lovingly sewn clothing, I need gifts that have soul, and I need it all with a good flat white and a spot for lunch and a chat afterwards. In short, I need a Christmas Market at Ponsonby Central!

General Collective Market Day has been on my radar for sometime and we are here to meet curator and creator Rose Barbarich. We find her, apron clad, moving amongst the stalls chatting and finessing as she goes. There are a hundred plus vendors and it seems Rose knows them all personally.

Hence, accompanied by the root cause of my addiction, my mother, I am moving with the footpath crowd towards a huge industrial space packed full of tables of wonderful

“General Collective started as a way for myself and a friend to sell our own line of boutique handmade products. That soon became a lot more creative friends and fourteen stalls soon grew to thirty three, forty two then this, the biggest yet.” Rose explains, gesturing at the heaving space behind her. With a background in marketing and event management, Rose has always been a creative, with a passion for making and sewing. “I’m always making, always have something on the go!” Putting together a market obviously combines those talents. This is not your everyday market, and it’s why we have invited Rose to bring General Collective to Ponsonby Central for two days in the run up to Christmas.

photography: Stu Robertson

Sunday 13 and 20 December, 10am - 4pm

Rose Barbarich of General Collective On Sunday 13 and 20 December, The Sapphire Room, upstairs from The Lane, will be jam-packed full of hand -picked, handmade, stylish wares. This is the perfect opportunity to get those special gifts that are a little bit different, those stocking fillers, decorations and Christmas cards. So come along, make a day of it. Eat. PN Drink. Shop. (FIONA GARLICK) F

GENERAL COLLECTIVE, The Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central, 136-138 Ponsonby Road

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PONSONBY NEWS+ December 2015



Ponsonby? Anyone not heard of us. We are Auckland's most talked about part of town.


Ponsonby? Anyone not heard of us. We are Auckland's most talked about part of town.