Charleville woman’s plans for quirky new store in town
IT ALL started with a love of family and a passion for sewing, now Michelle Ebsworth wants to showcase her favourite things to the Charleville community.
Mrs Ebsworth is renovating an old shopfront in town which she will turn into a vintage clothing and book store, Faraway Tree.
Although the shop is yet to open, the business dates back many years to when Mrs Ebsworth started an online business to sell her sewed goods.
Her passion for sewing started when she was a teenager but really picked up when her two daughters were born, now aged 6 and 3.
"I have been sewing clothes for my girls when they were little," Mrs Ebsworth said.
"It is a good online business selling clothes.
"You don't get as many locals buying my clothes locally, that's fine, but I have something to offer them."
Not only does Mrs Ebsworth plan to sell clothes, but also books, toys and antiques.
"Old-fashioned classic toys and books, classic stuff that doesn't go out of fashion," she said.
The business will also offer a few quirky features.
"I want to make it into a fairy garden where the kids do all their mud pies and cooking and playing," Mrs Ebsworth said.
"They love spending time outside in the garden."
Mrs Ebsworth hopes the Faraway Tree will become a meeting place for families in the community.
She said starting the business had been one of the biggest decisions she had made in her life and she was looking forward to being able to make a career out of the things she loved.
"It's the first business risk I've ever taken - I've always worked for someone else," she said.
"We're going to do it one step at a time.
"I'm calling it a lifestyle investment and the benefits of mental health will far outweigh the financial ones.
"If anyone wants to help they can let me know - the more help the better."