Founder / Hunters Markets
If I asked you to name five inspirational women that you would love to have a drink with, I seriously hope your list mentions Sarah Kokkinos. Chances are you have spied Sarah and her business Hunter Markets on Instagram, or maybe you have been lucky to attend one of the market days, or shopped the online store.
If you have – we love you
Sarah started Hunter Markets at 18 years of age with an idea, some pre-loved items, a can of pink spray paint and a coffee machine. Today, the markets and online store attracts thousands of shoppers, all lining up for the chance to nab an item from their favourite influencers wardrobe. She is a revolutionary in this space that talks to the hearts and minds of her followers.
Sarah is anything but run of the mill. She gallops to the beat of her own drum and without sounding cliché has managed to pivot and still succeed in this current crazy world. I can’t wait for you to read this interview, and get inspired by her must have resource list that includes Bretman Rock.
You are going to love her, lets dig in…
Hey Sarah, let’s start at the very beginning. Where did you grow up and how did your experience shape the person you are, and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in Bayside Mentone. I suppose it gave me an extremely strong understanding of my demographic and gained a whole heap of knowledge about my shoppers, where they hang out, what they are into, what they are going through.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a chef. I love cooking, but when I went into the real world, and witnessed back of house in hospitality, I immediately knew it wasn’t for me.
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I went to a catholic all girls school, Kilbreda College. I did not enjoy my high school experience, and was itching to leave the whole time I was there. During high school I was on Instagram, learning how to contour, and was watching keeping up with the Kardashians.
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
Hard No. The only thing my all girls high school experience played an important role in, was shaping me into the hard core feminist I am today #girlsrule!
Love that, so did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
No I didn’t, but during school I worked many jobs. Traveling probably taught me much more than I ever learnt in high school. I’ve always been a hustler, always worked many jobs, and not afraid to work, I’ve worked in hospitality, retail, in the make up & beauty industry, at large events, runways and in social media. That’s where I learnt the most.
Wow, love that you have done so many things. So, did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent?
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights?
I worked at Mecca for 3 years, I suppose a highlight at that job was meeting Jo Horgan. I’m obsessed with women being the CEO, and women in places where important decisions are being made. I love any woman hustling, in any industry.
How did you get into the job that you are in now?
I made that bitch.
Haha! What is the hardest part of your current job at Hunter Markets?
Fear of being judged for my work, fear of no one turning up to the class market, fear of being cancelled.
Such good, real fears, especially at the moment. So lets dive into Hunter Markets. What does a typical business day look like for you?
No day looks the same! During the pandemic we shut the market for 1 whole year – but we launched an online store, so now Hunter Markets is a full time gig.
I work 6-7 days a week at our warehouse in Mentone, I will head to the warehouse, shoot clothes, write item descriptions, pack packages, reply to emails, post on insta, manage upcoming market days, make TikToks, manage our coffee window, talk to customers if they are coming for click and collect, sort through new clothing deliveries, go pick up clothing deliveries, I paint things on walls, I make coffees, I create content.
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
Sophia Amoruso! The ultimate girl boss / hustler / humble queen / hard worker, etc. Sophia is a millionaire, an author, then goes bankrupt but still rises somehow. And comes back from that!
Growing up my greatest inspiration (still is) Drake, I have his record label tattooed on my wrist.
And my Dad.. CEO / hustler / most hard working person I know / humble king.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
No matter how slow you are going, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. Even the smallest bit of progress is still progress! Be authentic as possible. Don’t follow trends. Be kind.
List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration in your profession?
- Favourite Websites: Shopfiy, Pinterest, Youtube, Astrostyle (horoscopes hehe) Netflix
- Name an Instagram Account that you can’t go a day without checking: Bretman Rock. I wake up to his insta story every morning.
- Favourite Podcast: Good Bitch, Happy Hour with Lucy & Nikki, It’s a Lot by Abbie Chatfield.
- Favourite Netflix/Stan/ Series: Sex Education!
- Who is your mentor? My parents, my beautiful partner Levi, My incredibly smart and gorgeous sisters, Natalie and Bridgette.
- Favourite all time book/s: Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso, Winging It by Emma Issacs, A Modern Romance Investigation Aziz Ansari, Anything Nicholas Sparks (I’m a bit of a romantic)
- Favourite App that you use everyday: INSTAGRAM! is LIFE.