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    The Marketplace by Young Rural Ladies  

    What started as a blog for like-minded ladies to connect, has grown to include a unique online store showcasing local businesses owned by talented women.



    Sorry men, but we’re all about the ladies.  

    Young Rural Ladies (YRL) started as a blog created by Bex Hayman and Sarah Douglas and now has over 7000 followers and is growing by the day. The blog is a collaboration where we share what we’re up to on the farm, recipes, DIY’s and tips and tricks for making the most of rural life.  

    We promote small businesses through our Facebook page and are consistently blown away by the response to those posts. Our audience engages with and supports women doing awesome stuff.  

    The Marketplace connects artisans with our audience, and in doing so not only supports local women in business, but also provides our rural followers with the opportunity to access the incredible talent we see across the YRL community. 

    New Zealand is incredibly diverse and vibrant. With that in mind, we wish to celebrate that no two artisans in the The Marketplace are the same. The story behind the product is as important as the product itself.  



    'OUR FLOCK' is is how we refer to our wonderful suppliers. Keen to become a member of Our Flock? Fill out the form here and we'll be in touch. 



    We live and breathe the story a lot of our suppliers are telling. We're creative, we love a project, we're at our happiest when we're busy, we want to contribute financially, and if we can help other women in the process - we're winning! 



    Check us out in the following articles...

    NZ Life & Leisure  
    Otago Daily Times - Bex 
    Otago Daily Times - Sarah






    Bex Hayman

    Rocky Point Station, Hakataramea Valley, South Canterbury

    Bex has been focusing on her career in the music industry since she left school. She finished her debut album in Sweden and has toured the world. Bex has opened for world renowned acts such as The Hollies and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and played with Bonnie Tyler and Leo Sayer to name a few. In recent years Bex has been involved in her family’s AstroTourism business “Earth and Sky” at Lake Tekapo and performs on weekends with her band at private events, weddings and shows. Bex loves living on the farm and dabbles in farm work with her dogs Dot and Patch. She spends her ‘down time’ immersed in a DIY project, or helping to build and prepare a cozy new nursery for her first baby due in January. Bex has recently started jewellery brand Whistle and Pop... available to purchase through The Marketplace!

    Sarah Douglas

    Dome Hills Station, Waitaki Valley, North Otago

    Sarah has 7 years experience working in the fast paced world of magazines as a designer in both Auckland and London. In the 5 years she was at NZ House and Garden Sarah was responsible for the layout of the magazine, styling and direction of photo shoots, as well as working with the marketing team at Fairfax to create and produce collateral across their various publications. In London Sarah worked as a senior designer for an independent producer of luxury titles such as Canary Wharf and Mayfair magazines. Sarah studied interior decoration at Inchbald School of Design while in London before moving to the Waitaki in 2013 and starting an interior and graphic design business. Sarah has always loved homewares, particularly ceramics. She recently joined the Waitaki Potters and is learning the art of pottery. Watch this space for Frankie Ceramics (named after her pet sheepdog and BFF).