Welcome to the website of the South Australian Miniature Enthusiasts Inc (S.A.M.E.)

S.A.M.E. helps promote miniatures through the club meetings, workshops and our annual festival. In doing so we not only help others learn about our hobby but we also raise money for children's charities through our annual festival.

Our club was founded in 1983 and meetings were originally held in one of the members homes. Over the years our membership has grown so much so that we now meet in a hall big enough to accommodate all our members and visitors, who we always welcome. We have now become a little 'web-wise' (as of 2010) and looking forward to being more available to the general public via this site.


The meetings include a brief introduction, followed by workshops, demonstrations, occasionally member's trade tables and of course a cuppa! Our meetings help members gain information about, and an understanding of, the hobby of miniatures and collectibles. We share the love of miniatures and also friendship as well.

Meet: 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January - no meeting)

Time: 7.30pm

Where: The Payneham Community Centre, cnr Arthur Street and Payneham Road (the old school building opposite the Marden Shopping Centre)


Each year we hold a weekend festival of miniatures and dollhouses, the first being held in 1986. The festival includes miniature displays, local and interstate traders, demonstrations of many different techniques for making miniature products (including miniature wood turning), raffles, lucky dips and food to delight the taste buds!!

Next festival: To be announced.

All welcome. Proceeds from the festival, benefit children's charities in South Australia.

Any member of S.A.M.E. is encouraged to access the members only web page, ask questions, give hints and share photos of your miniatures with the whole group. To become a web page member you will need to be a financial member of the club, and then you can forward your email to the address below. You will receive authorisation back to your email - then follow the prompts.



Keep your eyes on this spot for future workshops to be held in the group.

For further information you can ring
To be announced

What we did with our money from the 2009 Festival

Every year at out Annual General Meeting, with funds raised from our Festival, we make a donation to a children's charity or charities. This year we were pleased to present a donation to a representative of The Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation. This enabled the purchase of a "Hart Walker" (an orthotic device which allows children with moderate to severe physical disabilities, especially those with cerebral palsy, to stand and to experience hands free walking.) We felt as a group that this is a very worth while cause.
2011 - We were fortunate enough to have raised enough money to once again offer a donation to another childs mobility unit.

72 Days till Christmas!!

This is something that we were reminded of at our October meeting, not exactly how many days to go, but the fact that the meeting after next (November) will be the Christmas one!!! I have to ask "Where does the time go"?! Seems to be a question of mine a lot lately!! Anyway.....this months meeting was an interesting one once again. We had "Market Day", a bit of show and tell and of course the ever popular workshops!
As you can see, this market stall was inundated very quickly with potential buyers!! I believe the sellers would of been very happy at this response.We had a number of visitors to the meeting again this month. It is always nice for us to have someone new along. We had a young lady from South Korea amongst our visitors - she found it strange that we all make and collect "little" things, however she did enjoy the meeting and had a go at one of the workshops making miniature roses.
Members working intently on the miniature trellis and roses.
And some just musing...

The finished product.
A bit of the Show and Tell was once again one of our new members Bert, who brought his lovely Gypsy Caravan along for us to view.
Inside the wagon.
Some of our members looking serious and some not so!
And then there are some that sit, have coffee and chat!

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