About Little Merchants

Rani, Little Merchants

Welcome to Little Merchants!

Thanks so much for popping over and checking us out!  I'm Rani and I run Little Merchants with my two beautiful girls - Poppy (4yrs) and Eadie (2.5yrs) from QLD's beautiful Sunshine Coast. We live in a little beach shack with my amazing husband Alec and water-crazy Golden Retriever, Rambo.  My little family is my greatest achievement, my reason for everything and the absolute loves of my life.  

I am also an early childhood teacher with a passion for play, particularly nature play.  You will often find us outdoors exploring, collecting nature treasures, doing craft, dancing and spending our days at the beach. I am also a lover of surfing, exercise, Mexican food, coffee, cocktails and an over-user of emoji's and exclamation marks!  

I just love being able to bring you unique pieces for your home and for your little ones that are ethical, natural and safe for the whole family.  I will constantly be on the lookout for new pieces to add to our store.  I am also passionate about supporting fair trade, handmade and ethically focused artisans and businesses - from both Australia and around the world. 

We provide well designed products and do not carry anything that is mass produced in a large factory where workers are treated poorly.  By purchasing from Little Merchants, you will not only support the artisan that made and/or designed the product, but will also connect into a small piece of their life story and help to  financially support their family and community.  

It is because of you, our customers that keep this little business blooming.  It is because of you, that I shriek a little ‘yaaaaaaaaaay’ and do a little (uncoordinated) dance move every time a purchase comes through. It is because of you, that I can pursue my dream of promoting awareness of learning through play in the early years. A HUGE thank you from the bottom of my heart as you make this possible and are making the biggest difference to my family by supporting Little Merchants and our ethos. 

Thank you so much for following our journey. I can't wait to see what 2020 will bring for us.  I know it will be amazing!

Much love,

Rani, Alec, Poppy & Eadie xx 



We're a little basket crazy over here and just love all things baskets, how they’re made and most importantly how they go back to supporting the weavers of Ghana and their families. 

The bolga baskets, moses baskets, change baskets and caxixi shakers are lovingly hand woven in Bolgatanga, Ghana by the local artisans. They are such beautiful items, each with a unique design reflective of the person who weaved it, making each basket your own unique, one-off piece of Africa for your home.

In a world filled with so much plastic, it’s reassuring to know that these items are made from 100% natural, sustainable, eco-friendly and non-toxic Elephant Grass, making them not only safe for you and your little ones, but also for the environment.

** Please note: Handmade products may have characteristic blemishes that reflect the imperfections of human endeavour and add to their unique authenticity.

Thank you kindly for supporting the artisans of Ghana and their families.