Here at Children of the Tribe, we are lovers of travel, adventure and the excitement that discovery brings, so when the doors of Marr-kett opened in Byron Bay - offering one-of-kind vintage rugs and other exotic treasures - we jumped at the chance to drop by and chat to founders Sally and Rich about their story, inspiration and life with one year old daughter, Ava.
Tell us about the birth of Marr-Kett, what inspired its creation?
Marr-Kett was completely born out of our own obsession, want and need for something different. Less disposable and more treasured. Why not utterly love and adore the things you surround yourself with most of the time? People, food, objects. Your home is you and should be the epitome of your heart and soul. There are so many talented makers out there and we are constantly trying to hunt them down to bring together and showcase unique, quality pieces that you will want to add to your "life collection" of treasures.
You opened Marr-Kett at the same time you welcomed daughter Ava into the world. How do you find the juggle of work and family life?
Laughter!!! When you're pulling all nighters and haven't had a day off in weeks, you feel like every obstacle that can get thrown your way does, so you have to find time to laugh. Laughter sticks us all together and is the best medicine. We love what we do, but it is really hard sometimes running your own business and you have to try even harder not to get lost in that itself. One of the downsides and the joy of babies is the early mornings; you can't avoid them so you may as well make the most of those precious hours before you all head off in different directions for the day. Rich puts music on first thing in the morning. Ava is a crazy dancer. We always end up having a funny five minutes and laughing.
You both have travelled extensively. What country has touched you the most and why?
I don't think there is one. We love so many places for so many different reasons. We have both travelled a lot. I (Sally) grew up in the depths of a relatively un developed part of South East Asia and Rich spent years in Egypt. Both areas are fraught with a large amount of poverty. It allowed us to see and experience very alternative ways of life. Travel opens your eyes and I think that's why it's so important to have snippets of all of those memories surrounding you in the place you have an anchor. Each photograph, piece of art, textile, scent or colour ignites a precious memory, and often those memories have changed or moulded who you are. We always have a yearning to explore something completely unfamiliar. It's often the people we meet and the relationships which touch us the most.
Do you have any trips planned with Ava?
We're both pretty spontaneous and don't know where we are going to end up half of the time, that's part of the fun of it but travel has made us who we are, it makes sense, it fits all the puzzle pieces together. Our daughter is apart of that, she has already done a good bit of adventuring and that's something we hope to continue with her for as long as she wants to. Something I will forever be grateful for is traveling from a small age, experiencing different cultures, food, sounds. I think it helps you to think outside of the box and open your mind. I hope it gives her as many precious memories that it has given us.