Emporium & Gifts. Books; Clothes; Incense; Jewellery; etc.
You may make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give!
Because the World Really Is Wonderful!…
For us Seppenfelts is a platform for sharing ideas and passions.
For me, my passion is books. If I’ve read an inspiring book, its a buzz to sell that title and pass on some insights and wisdom to someone else. And there’s nothing better than having a friend rave about a great book they bought in our shop. We have books on health, crystals, spirituality, personal growth, gardening and sustainable lifestyles. I’m also increasing the range of Tasmanian books, and particularly want to support local authors.
Its a buzz seeing our clothes on people in the street looking fabulous. Its great when customers come in and tell us about the clothes they love that they bought from us. Its our reward to bring joy and satisfaction to people. Our wholesalers are down to earth people. They include a Nepalese Buddhist family importing goods from Nepal and India, a Vietnamese woman bringing in silk clothes from Vietnam. We also buy clothes which are ethically sourced in South America.
Other wholesalers include Affirmations, a family business in Bellingen in NSW which produces inspiring greeting cards and uplifting gifts.
We have also sourced some Tasmanian made natural make-up, which I’m very excited about, and locally made natural creams and cosmetics.
We have a couple of different ranges of Essential Oils, which are therapeutic quality and have great health benefits. Lots of info about that in the shop.
I love meeting people from all over the world who are visiting our little town. Each has a story to tell. The conversations that happen in our shop are amazing. Alfred has a great knack for making people feel right at home, and lots of people come in just for a chat! I tell you sometimes its hard to get a word in. He’s a great networker, and it all helps to build community.
We’ve got great staff, all with their different gifts and talents to offer: Linda, Jade, Mary Jane, Lucinda, Lisa, and the other Lisa. Ali does a fantastic job on the windows, and Anika is keeping everything clean and hygienic.
Seppenfelts gives a monthly donation to UNHCR (the United Nations refugee agency) and the Salvation Army (helping those in need both overseas and in Australia), and now to Get Up (keeping politicians on their toes and accountable to the voters). We also support the local community newspaper through advertising and the local community radio through sponsorship. We donate gifts to many local raffles for various community groups, and we usually have a collection tin or a raffle book on the counter for some charity or other.
The quote from Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” sums up our attitude: “It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied. Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger.”
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