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.

Christmas cheer was had by all....

..at the last meeting for the year! Some of us chose to wear silly Christmas hats... and some of us chose to dress completely Christmasie from head to toe!!The happy couple that tied the knot in October, made it together to the show too!
The committee of course were in on the act.Then there was this poor body-less person hanging around the place. But at least he was happy :)Show and tell was brought by one of our lovely members - its a little chocolate box with a beautiful tree and little toys inside. You only have to let your imagination run a little wild to come up with some terrific ideas and use for items you see every day.The Raffle House for next year was brought along for a prelim look. It is fully papered, painted and lit! So don't forget if you would like to win this house, come along to the show in August and purchase a ticket or two and be in the running. Then we got on to some serious business! Our annual auction!!!! What a laugh that is, and some interesting items went under the hammer too.The bidding was intense...The winners ecstatic....The little people happy with their new owners...And some items shone a light!
Then it was down to the REALLY serious business....SUPPER!!!
Some clever bod had made some cute cups to eat...So time for a chat and nibbles and everyone relaxing for a moment or two to discuss next years plans.So, we say farewell to you all for 2010. May you all have a Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year. Looking forward to having you all read about us again in 2011 (we are not back together till February, so don't panic when you don't see a post for January!)

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