Vintage savoured at The Olive Tree Market

IF you were wondering what to do with The Star after you have finished reading it, Laini Byrne from Handmaiden Vintage might inspire you to do more than toss it in the recycling bin.

Ms Byrne has been selling her wares at The Olive Tree Market for the past 18 months.

Inspired by 20th century vintage and old-fashioned ideals from Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, the Handmaiden Vintage stall is nostalgic and creative.

Her fabric pillows and paper Christmas decorations are made from upcycled and recycled materials.

"I don't like seeing beautiful things go to waste," Ms Byrne said.

"I often go into a second-hand store and see hundreds of pairs of jeans and think 'I can give that a second life'."

While creating fabric for cushions can be fairly straight-forward, constructing the paper Christmas ornaments from vintage books is quite laborious.

Ms Byrne said it took her about three hours to make a wreath, a job which she often shared with her mother.

She said she liked to stay up late after she has tucked her boys into bed and let her creative juices flow.

To view Ms Byrne's work, go to

■ The Olive Tree Market will be held this Saturday, December 21, from 9am until 3pm at The Junction Primary School and is supported by The Star.

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