A few weeks back, we met up with the gorgeous Avalon Beban, the heart and soul behind the magical and inspiring space that is Trader Trove.
As we entered, we were hit with the most beautiful scent of essential oils - calming and delightful. It was hard to keep focus with so much beauty surrounding us. The space is oozing with creativity from all over the globe. Avalon showcases and sells the beautiful works of artisans from Morocco, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Australia and more. She aims to stock products that are sourced and handmade ethically.
So Avalon, you have created the most beautiful space we have ever seen. How did it all start?
Trader Trove started from a desire of mine to freely express my creativity and also bring others together to do the same. I was yearning to connect with a community of like minded creative souls who appreciate the art of handmade wares and the sharing of knowledge and inspiration.
Being a mother and a gal boss business owner must get a little overwhelming at times. Talk us through a day in the life of you and tell us how you try and keep a balanced lifestyle?
Friday to Monday I wear my mum hat full time so I spend most weekends with my hubby Tim and my two boys Vegas and Finn. We love to surf, sup, walk, take the dog to the beach, ride our bikes to cafes, visit or have friends over.
Monday and Friday I spend with my youngest son Finn and we mostly just do stuff like shopping, go to the park and catch up with friends and family.
Tuesday I study most of the day as I’m about half way through my Level 2 Yoga teacher training with Peace Yoga and Meditation centre. I’ve practiced regular yoga since I was a teen so I’m absolutely loving broadening my knowledge on the science of yoga, health, and wellbeing and bringing this into mine and my families lives.
Wednesday I’m in at Trader Trove all day and spend most of the day connecting with my girl tribe and work closely with them all to keep the creative juices flowing in the space, online and on our social platforms. I spend about half the day replying to emails, chatting with suppliers etc. and the other half with who or what needs me most.
Thursday I share between yoga and work and of course squeeze all my mum duties in there too. I cook most meals at home, make school lunches, do school drop offs and pick ups, all the usual stuff to contribute to our house ticking and my families minds and bodies being happy and healthy. Tim and I strongly believe in co parenting and creating a healthy balance and leading by example for our boys to see how balance creates mutual peace and harmony in the home.
I really enjoy living quite simply, not making to many plans and just enjoying the precious present moment. I don’t watch much TV, or spend much time away from my family or self development routine so find a beautiful balance amongst the adventure and mundane of all of the above.
Overwhelm is an emotion I’ve resonated with in the past but now I work really hard at daily self love rituals to keep my cup overflowing. I regularly practice yoga and meditation to keep me grounded and at peace.
Who / What inspires you? How would you describe your style, and who are your fave 3 brands?
Oh so much inspires me. Every day people turning life challenges into success stories . I’m really into philosophy and find auto biographies and documentaries my go to for nourishing entertainment. I just love the philosophy and science of life so deeply and have a soft spot for all living beings including nature.
Brands, well to be honest I mostly shop at vintage or thrift stores but LOVE Nine lives of course! Always my go to for when I dress up!
What can't you live without?
Good Air, Good Water, Good Food, Good Vibes, Nature, Yoga and Meditation.
If you were a plant, what would you be and why?
I’d love to say some beautiful palm or hearty tropical vine but the honest truth is I’m much more fickle like a fern. If I’m in the right conditions I flourish beautifully but if conditions aren’t in balance (to hot, dry, cold) or otherwise and I’m not looked after ill be limp and lifeless before you know it.
Is Trader Trove online?
Yes we are www.tradertrove.com.au
Where can we view your beautifully curated selections?
Our flagship store 22 Christine Ave Miami QLD 4220 or online.
We also have FB and insta.