Yvonne Manettas is one of The Rocks Markets longest running stallholders; a true market stalwart we couldn’t be without. Every year, for the past 26 years, her Christmas ornaments and decorations have found a home on trees across Sydney, throughout Australia and around the world.
Yvonne’s stall, Christmas Never Ends, brings its special festive spirit to market goers all year long. It carries a huge range of Christmas ornaments, many of which are exclusive to the stall.
Among them are unique collectibles, such as nativity sets featuring Australian animals, including a Joseph kangaroo, Mary and Jesus koalas, wise men platypus and kookaburra shepherds—all housed in a stable with a Southern Cross star atop the roof. There are also decorations handmade from native seed pods, sourced from the streets of Sydney.
Yvonne says that many of her devoted customers come to see her every year to get customised baubles for their tree, with some having built up quite a significant collection over the years. Many live overseas and interstate, but make it a point to come to The Rocks Markets whenever they’re in town, with some having done so ever since her stall started.
Initially, Yvonne began selling Christmas decorations to raise money for her daughters’ school. This success was the birth of an innovative stall that sells Christmas decorations throughout the year. As demand increased, Pam Garraty and her war veteran brother, Roland Booth, kicked in to help and began making exquisite small Gumnut wreaths for sale.
“It was such an exciting time as we were, and are, the window to Sydney, showcasing Australian-made products,” says Yvonne.
“We now source unusual product from elsewhere, including Paper Mache baubles with designs sourced from art from Aboriginal artists across Australia. These are then sent to artisans around the world, who interpret them to their own indigenous handicraft, generating royalties and income for the artists and artisans.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, the wonderful atmosphere and experience being among our family of fellow stallholders under the iconic sails of The Rocks Markets.”
Be sure to visit Yvonne and Christmas Never Ends for your own special Australian holiday decorations at The Rocks Markets.
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