Crafting, community and charity

The mother-daughter team at Mean Mothers Creations in Beenleigh is anything but mean. 

Victoria Perry and mum Helen Davie opened their beautiful, well-stocked and welcoming yarn store 18 months ago and, in that time, have battled many challenges – but it remains a thriving, busy business which proudly welcomes everyone. 

Their well-attended craft groups, online store, and Charity of the Month fundraising program all make this more than your average craft shop. 

For 18 months Victoria, Helen and their team of staff and volunteers have raised around $1,000 per month for local charities, something Helen says is important to her. 

‘When I was younger I was a single mum and doing it tough – and I relied on the help of some really wonderful charities,’ she says. 

‘I have always remembered it, and always wanted to give back if ever I had the chance.’ 

Money is raised by asking people to buy a ball of yarn with their name on it which they display on a wall, as well as selling Mystery Boxes for between $50 and $80, with all money going to the chosen charity. 

‘We are always on the lookout for more charities to support,’ Helen says. 

Victoria and Helen say crafting has become more popular in the past few years as people discover it is not only great for creativity – but for mental health, too. 

‘It really has remained popular even after people have stopped working from home and life has gone back to normal, because people realise how good it makes them feel,’ Helen says.  

While Helen has always been a keen crafter, Victoria first picked up a set of crochet hooks during a hospital visit.  It was during this time the pair realised how hard it was to get different kinds of yarn – and how expensive. 

They set up a Facebook group to sell the yarn, but when that became overwhelmed with orders, they switched to an online store – and, in September 2020, added their physical shop to the business.  

‘When we first started selling spare yarn or yarn that we had sourced from overseas, we had a Facebook group of about 200 people – now we have 5000 people following us,’ Helen says. 

Even moving to the shop was something the duo fell into. 

‘We had so much stock that was being stored at our homes it was becoming dangerous for mum who has Parkinson’s; eventually her doctor said ‘you need to move this stuff out of the house’, so we did,’ Victoria says. 

‘When we first found this shop we were worried we would never fill it, but we did. 

‘On opening day, mum was so worried that no-one would come, but people were literally lining up outside before we opened the doors. And now we have people coming from the Gold Coast and Brisbane and even further because they know we have such a wide range in stock.’ 

For more information about the store and its craft sessions, visit their website or Facebook page. 

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