RMIT alumnus Nikki Calcraft is helping support local business through a Rag Trade and Recycle Market.
The market will be launched in inner-city Collingwood on Saturday, 5 April with all proceeds going towards community initiatives.
"The aim is to have a diverse mix of stall holders and to provide high quality goods at awesome prices," Ms Calcraft said.
"Stalls will range from the general public who want to sell their second hand items, wholesalers looking to off load seconds and samples and young designers who are just starting out and want to see what the public thinks of their new goodies."
Ms Calcraft, who graduated from the MBA (Executive) in 2007, said her market aimed to be different while complementing established Melbourne markets.
"The Queen Victoria Market does not allow pre-loved goods to be sold but we want up-cycled items and pre-loved designer fashion," she said.
"Unlike the Camberwell Market, we also encourage stalls to sell new goods, overrun stock, samples or last season's stock."
Living in Collingwood, an area rich with fashion and textile history, warehouse sales and factory outlets, Ms Calcraft saw an opportunity to target those that come to the area looking for a bargain or something unique.
She had the idea for a Rag Trade and Recycle Market while studying at RMIT but needed to get government permission to hold the market on crown land.
"My original preference was to have the market on the street but unfortunately this was rejected by the local council," she said.
"I also tried to source private land but had no luck with this either.
"In the end, after almost four years of negotiations, I was successful in obtaining a licensing agreement with the Collingwood College to hold the market on their school grounds."
Ms Calcraft has been producing events for more than 20 years and now runs her own event management firm, which is the preferred supplier of the Victorian Racing Club for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She was recently invited by the City of Yarra to be on the council's Business Advisory Group.
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