These hand dressed bears are but one of the unique and wonderful items available at the Southside markets.
These hand dressed bears are but one of the unique and wonderful items available at the Southside markets. Scott Kovacevic

10 treasures you can find at the Gympie markets

COUNTRY markets are a hive of homegrown, handcrafted and otherwise uncommon goods, and the Southside markets on Exhibition Rd are no exception.

Here's a list of 10 of the most unique items which can be found at the Sunday stalls:

1. Hand dressed teddy bears (pictured above)

These elegant creatures are the work of Carol Ollier, and offer a remarkable approach to the time-honoured tradition of the teddy bear.

While the bears are themselves bought, the elaborate dresses and stunning outfits are all handmade.

It's not only evening wear which is available, though, with a range of "bridal bears” available now too.

Prices range from $15-$25 each.

2. Goat Soap

Say goodbye to itchy and dry skin with this offering made from fresh goat's milk.

Entirely natural and great for people with eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, these soaps are available from prices starting as low as $3.

They are available not only as standard bars, but can also be had in "goat shaped” cuts as well.

Goat soap is not the only thing available, though, as the kids can come meet and pat some of owner Debbie Nicolaides own goats, too.

Debbie Nicolaides with 'Marmite' and her goat soap
Debbie Nicolaides with 'Marmite' and her goat soap Scott Kovacevic

3. Aussie 'icon' statues

Fancy a unique take on 'spring water' or a carefully crafted 'chain saw'?

Hand crafted, welded and assembled from recycled material, these items are the brainchild of John Jakins.

Items often take on a unique "twist” which will have you thinking about everyday items in entirely new ways.

Prices range from $35-$70.

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Fresh \"spring water\" and a unique \"long dog\" are some of the unique items to be found at the Southside markets. Scott Kovacevic

4. Natural beeswax candles

Long burning and made from all natural beeswax, these candles provide a great alternative for those seeking to cut down on pollution end their use of paraffin-based products.

Even better, they won't simply melt if left out in the sun too long, either.

Available in a variety of colours, prices for regular candles start as low as $4, with birthday cake candles setting you back no more than 30c each.

Jae Parker and her Bees Wax candles.
Jae Parker and her Bees Wax candles. Scott Kovacevic

5. Crocheted toys

If you are looking for a cute chicken or cuddly horse for the kids, then go no further than these handmade gems from Anne McIntyre.

Starting out simply making them for her own children, she soon found that she had more than they needed and began offering them to other interested customers, too.

They range from $15-$45, and can be found in a variety of larger-than-life animal shapes.

Anne McIntyre and her hand crafted crochet toys.
Anne McIntyre and her hand crafted crochet toys. Scott Kovacevic

6. Coconut based products

Those seeking a natural alternative to store products, then go no further than the Southside markets and The Coconut Lady.

Offering a variety of moisturisers, sugars, deodorants, and even coconut vinegar, these are the ideal solution for people searching for a way to keep clean and healthy in an environmentally sustainable way.

Prices include from $8 for deodorants, and $12.50 for a kg of sugar.

Coconut based products on sale at the Southside markets.
Coconut based products on sale at the Southside markets. Scott Kovacevic

7. Custom signs

Bar and property signs with a range of unique quotations can be had from around $30-$100, depending on size.

Handmade by Ian Coulch, his work can be seen far and wide in bars and pubs around the area, and even at the Gympie Muster.

Ian Coulch handcrafts his own business signs.
Ian Coulch handcrafts his own business signs. Scott Kovacevic

8. Magic Meals

Preservative free alternatives for people looking for a different way to keep their diet healthy.

While there are a wide range of different meals available, owner and maker Simone Christensen is also available for specific orders to be placed which meat individually dietary needs.

Meals are set at $6 each, with a deal of 4 for $20.

Simone Christensen with her Magic Meals food, which can be made to order.
Simone Christensen with her Magic Meals food, which can be made to order. Scott Kovacevic

9. Recycled tables and chairs

These sturdy items are made from recycled timber from old buildings, thereby ignoring the adage "they don't make them like they used to.”

Prices start at $120.

Bernie Short taking a break on one of his handmade benches, available at the Southside Markets.
Bernie Short taking a break on one of his handmade benches, available at the Southside Markets. Scott Kovacevic

10. Hand moulded concrete statues

A variety of garden ornaments available in a stunning range of shapes by Lenny Mullins.

While the bigger statues prices vary from around $25, there is also a range of very popular #10 items available too.

Handmoulded statues are available at the Southside markets.
Handmoulded statues are available at the Southside markets. Scott Kovacevic

The Southside markets are on the second and fourth Sunday of each month between 7am and noon.

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