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Here & There Makers Closing Letter

It is with great sadness that we need to let our many loyal customers, followers and supporters know that Here & There Makers will be closing down both our physical store in Boronia & our online shop.

It has been 5 and a half years since I (Michelle), with support from my husband Chad and family started Here & There Makers. The original goal of HTM was to provide a permanent workshop space for Days for Girls Ferntree Gully to work from, as well providing environmentally sustainable, ethical products & education to the local & wider community.Our first shop front

HTM has grown so much over this time. We had 72 products when we first opened our doors in February 2018 & now have well over 1000.


Pre Pandemic, Days for Girls was running 3 days per week, producing 3000 sanitary hygiene kits per year & having an average of 80 volunteers work with us each month.

Erica Avenue 2020We have put everything & more back into the business to make it what it is today, and we held on through the pandemic & 3 physical premises moves. From its inception, we have never taken a wage - in fact the opposite, we have personally funded its expansion and faced down the harder times with optimism, always planning for success.  We have, of course, paid and looked after our wonderful staff along the way.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to make HTM financially sustainable and so have had to make this difficult decision. Our new location has seen sales improve but not enough to be financially viable.

HTM has been my passion and joy during this time & it is heartbreaking to have to make this announcement. We will greatly miss working with our fantastic staff members Toby, Shellie & Sheridan (thanks too to former staff Tameeka, Susan & Helene’). We will greatly miss our interaction with so many loyal customers & DfG volunteers and well as finding wonderful new products from terrific suppliers around Australia and further afield.

We are having a complete storewide sale throughout July & August (from now). Our last trading day will be Saturday 26th of August. We will be selling off all our shelving & fixtures which will be available from the end of August, through to the end of September for collection.

I am as yet unsure as to whether or what form I may continue with selling my hand sewn items, but know that creating will continue to be an essential part of my life.

In the meantime please come in or get online & grab some amazing products at bargain prices, or order here on-line, we will be shipping right until the the end and will be contactable after the closing date 

We will update you on any other businesses that may take on some of our current products so you can hopefully still get some of your favourites locally.

Thank you to each of you, our precious customers, who have supported us at HTM.

With deepest gratitude

Michelle & Chad Gates.

Store-wide discount will be automatically applied to the any product in the shopping cart.

If you have a HTM gift card, please take the opportunity to use it on-line or in store (it's easy). 
If you need assistance with balances, etc please contact us.


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So devastated to hear this news. HTM has been such a fabulous business that has provided amazing sustainable products. The days for girls initiative has achieved amazing things. The store and the staff will be greatly missed. HTM was a bit part of our families journey to live more sustainably.

We wish you and your family all the best in your future endeavours Michelle.


I am so sad to read this Michelle. I remember being sooooo excited when I found your shop, I love your products, your recycling programmes, and the marvellous work you all do for Days for Girls.
I wish you well in your next adventure. I will miss your shop very much xxxx


Oh dear! I know how much you and Chad have worked and tried, and how much effort, time, talent and personal finance you have put in. Your inspiration and style will be sorely missed. I trust you will find a new project as your energy seems to be boundless. Thank you to your family for allowing you to encourage us. With heartfelt sadness, Lyn .

Lyn R

Very sad to see you go after all the hard work and commitment to making a more sustainable life.
Very pleased I made time to talk to you Michelle the other day.
Take care and be kind to yourself and know you have given so much to so many. All the best to you and Chad and the family.
Kindest regards Marika

Marika Szendroe

So sorry to hear this. I’ve really enjoyed shopping with you and using your great products.
The concept of sustainable, reusable & refillable packaging must be supported. I really hope someone else offers this service in the local suburbs.
All the best to you & your family.

Alison L Fithall

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