Lots of creative gift options at Rankin Cottage Crafts

TIS THE SEASON: Rankin Cottage Crafts president Pam Shurmer with Christmas items available at the cottage. 120117rankin
TIS THE SEASON: Rankin Cottage Crafts president Pam Shurmer with Christmas items available at the cottage. 120117rankin

THE ladies of Rankin Cottage Crafts have a message to the gift-givers of Bathurst.

They say Bathurst Christmas shoppers can go to one of the big chains to find something special for a loved one to unwrap on December 25.

Alternatively, locals looking for a gift can poke their head inside the door of the historic CBD building that houses Rankin Cottage Crafts and they might find exactly what they had in mind.

“Rankin Cottage members have been very busy,” Rankin Cottage Crafts president Pam Shurmer said.

“There are lots of handmade Christmas decorations and gifts for you and your family.”

The cottage, which is opposite Bathurst RSL Club, is also known for its members’ cooking.

“The Christmas cakes and puddings are walking out the door, so you better get in now and place an order for your cake or pudding,” Ms Shurmer said.

Rankin Cottage Crafts is a co-operative of local creative people, run by volunteers, which was formed in 1985 to sell local crafts.

They offer their goods for sale from a building that the National Trust says dates back to 1842 and which was originally built as two independent solid mud brick cottages.

The National Trust has described the building as giving an insight into the early life of the pioneers of the city.

Ms Shurmer said there are always plenty of gift options for Christmas shoppers in Bathurst, but there is something special about an item that is truly personal and unique.

“Buy handmade this Christmas,” she said.