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Support country communities and buy direct from the producers. 

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Discover the delights of farm-fresh meat, hand-distilled spirits, and original fashion and homeware design pieces.

Here you can find and buy special items direct, and make a difference for those most impacted by drought, bushfire and coronavirus – across rural and regional NSW.

Once you start travelling again, use our interactive map to plan your trip around visits to unique #BuyRegional businesses.  

Global market opportunities

Building on the success of Buy Regional, small business owners can now reach global consumers too. 

Buy Regional is going global

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Buy Regional - Information for businesses

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River and Wren Market

Arts and crafts,Clothing,Gifts and homewares,Skin and cosmetics

River and Wren is a handmade market based in Wagga Wagga where traders sell products that they make. River and Wren also produce a handmade Christmas Advent calendar. 

Oberon Visitor Information Centre

Arts and crafts,Books,Clothing,Food

The Oberon Visitor Information Centre houses a variety of local produce and unique products from small suppliers in the Oberon area.

Balloon Joy Flights

Events and tours

Balloon Joy Flights provide hot air balloon flights for singles, couples, families and friends, flying over the Belubula Valley at Canowindra in the Central West. 

Farm Gypsy

Clothing,Women

Farm Gypsy produces country "boho" inspired garments for women. These timeless, lasting pieces are ethically produced from premium quality materials, in the Northern Rivers.

Mimi La Fae

Arts and crafts,Clothing,Women

Mimi La Fae is a textile artist and designer specializing in fine leather craft, unique clothing, corsetry and dance costumes, embroidered and hand made lace, machine embroidery and Swarovski crystal jewellery and embellishment. She also creates one of a kind and limited edition accessories and clothing, using new, remnant and vintage fabrics.

Gecko Becka

Arts and crafts,Face masks

Gecko Becka designs and creates handmade original products including face masks, which are constructed with great care and accuracy from high quality fabrics incorporating rich textures and vibrant colours.

The Clique Curation

Arts and crafts,Food,Gifts and homewares,Homewares and home decor,Leather goods,Skin and cosmetics

The Clique Curation is a collection of individual small businesses stocking unique handcrafted, upcycled or eco-friendly products, including decorative ironwork, beautifully crafted woodwork and furniture, quirky pottery pieces for the garden as well as leather goods and limited edition prints.

Ranger Nick

Aboriginal and/or bush foods,Workshops and classes

Ranger Nick is well known for his bush cooking skills, appearing on TV, radio and podcasts,  offering his own products and holds the record for the World's Longest Damper. 

Margaret Murray Art

Arts and crafts,Gifts and homewares

Margaret is an artist based on Lord Howe Island. She recently launched a website to sell her work beyond the Island, including art prints, puzzles and homewares.

Avilla Farm Macadamia Skincare

Skin and cosmetics

Avilla Farm features pure Australian cold pressed macadamia oil as the hero ingredient in a collection of natural skincare products. The ultimate ‘skin food’! 

PAST Outdoors

Accommodation,Events and tours

PAST Outdoors create ultralight hiking shelters and offer tours and glamping in their heated teepees.

Historic Arnott Bakehouse

Accommodation,Food,Workshops and classes

The Historic Arnott Bakehouse provides an award-winning range of Morpeth Muesli, which is available online, as well as our Sourdough Classes and accommodation. 

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Fellow advocates

Thankful4Farmers

Thankful4Farmers is an initiative that aims to demonstrate support for Australian farming and rural communities and raise funds to create sustainable transformational impact. Supported by ambassador, Matt Moran, Thankful4Farmers will raise money via Australian consumers purchasing select retail products as well as ordering select seasonal dishes from partnering restaurants.
Fellow advocates – Thankful4Farmers

One Day Closer to Rain

One Day Closer to Rain is a Facebook group focused on drought support, with a market page selling unique hand crafted arts and design pieces. People can buy direct from the maker, through the feed.
Fellow advocates – One Day Closer to Rain

Buy from the Bush

Buy from the Bush showcases beautiful things available in rural areas facing drought. People can buy direct from the producer, through Facebook and Instagram.
Fellow advocates – Buy from the Bush

Why Leave Town Gift Cards

Why Leave Town Gift Cards provide support to regional communities who are struggling due to the bushfires and ongoing drought. Donating via Why Leave Town Gift Cards will help someone in need and also keep money circulating locally. Gift cards will be distributed by local organisations within the town you select.
Why Leave Town Gift Cards

Flavours from the Bush

Tempting recipes created to showcase delicious ingredients sourced from Buy Regional's food producers.
Lamb cutlets with pecan dukkah from Barefoot Farm

Resources

You have a few decisions to make before you start selling online.

You can set up your site using an existing e-commerce site such as Shopify, GoDaddy AustraliaSquarespace and Wix.

Existing marketplaces such as eBay or Etsy are quick and easy to use sites to list your products.

Each path to online selling has benefits and challenges, so you’ll need to do some research to find the best match for your business.

Existing marketplaces can be a great place to start your online selling adventure. Guides to the most commonly used platforms are below.

When you’re considering marketplaces, ask important questions such as:

  • Are there set-up fees?
  • Are there ongoing subscription costs? (There can be big differences in costs from zero to around $60 a month.)
  • Are fees charged for every item sold?
  • Can the site handle foreign transactions? (Some sites allow purchases from other countries.)

You’ll also need to check functionality, ease of use and if you’re not comfortable in the online world, you will need to make sure the platform offers good technical support.

You should consider how much product you will sell online. Many of the marketplaces have a moving schedule of fees depending on your volume of sales.

Online marketplaces

  • eBay is still the dominant player in Australia. They have a clear and simple guide to setting up an eBay store.
  • Etsy is a well-known marketplace with rules about what you can sell. Items are limited to handmade goods, vintage items that are over 20 years old and craft supplies. Find out how to set up an Etsy store.
  • Amazon boats over 20 categories for products and easy ways to ship your products. Learn how to sell products on Amazon.
  • Instagram is an easy place to show off the visual appeal of products, and many sellers are already on the channel. Find out how to sell products from Instagram.
  • Facebook marketplace is a popular place to sell items. Find out the steps to set up an account on Facebook marketplace.

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

E-Commerce can work well for businesses that already have a strong brand and a clear direction.

There are more hurdles with this option, including setting up a merchant ID and purchasing a domain name. Good e-commerce sites walk you through these steps.

According to Top10.com the best e-commerce sites have tools to walk you through the process, including hosting, design, pricing and payment options, reporting and postage calculators. 

Guides to set up e-commerce sites

This is a small selection of what is available online. It's also best to do plenty of your own research.

 

Advice to small businesses is available from NSW Business Connect advisors who have a broad range of skills covering essential business topics, including business planning, marketing and how to grow your digital presence.

The first four hours of one-on-one business advice is free. After that sessions are highly subsidised by the NSW Government. Get in touch with a Business Connect advisor.

Find out more about the digital advisors offered through Business Connect.

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