Last year I missed The Finders Keepers market, twice. That's because they only run for two days, twice a year. But this year I vowed I would go. The date was put into my calendar and 3 alarms set, post-it notes were put up all over my little office, and friends were rallied. It worked, I made it to the Sydney Autumn/Winter markets on the 6th of June! There is a Spring/Summer market coming up on Friday 12th December from 6pm-10pm & Saturday 13th December from 10am-5pm if you missed this one.
So what are The Finders Keepers markets? Well, the markets feature over 150 design stalls from talented folk from all over Australia, as well as live music and food trucks. On the official website (www.thefinderskeepers.com) the market is described as "A feast for the senses you will be sure to find something new and inspiring, with lots to see, eat, hear and make!". Scroll down for some of my awesome finds and some featured stalls!
1. My Very Own Eye Goggles
My Very Own Eye Goggles were selling these awesome air plant hanging terrariums, perfect for my kitchen and very hard to kill! Air plants get all their water and nutrients from the air and need very little care. Perfect.
The founders of My Very Own Eye Goggles explain that their "shop started as a way to reconnect with each other after the birth of our son, when neither of us was busy with work. We wanted to make time for us to make and create together, workshopping ideas and creations after our little one had gone to sleep."
2. Roger and Peach
I got this super cute, wrap around skirt from Roger and Peach. Designer Melinda Morrison, aka Roger and Peach, hand makes each item in her Newtown studio from specially selected fabrics. You can check her out at The Rocks Markets on most weekends.
3. Angus and Celeste
Look at my new hanging garden! This beautiful piece makes me so happy. I found both the hanging garden and earrings at the Angus & Celeste stall. Angus and Celeste are a design duo from Melbourne. They make beautiful ceramics ranging vases to brooches. They describe their work as influenced by seasons and moods, they "combine simple materials with complicated processes to produce nothing less than pure objects of desire. The time and attention to detail involved in every object is obvious as soon as you see it."
B.TIES is a crafty collaboration creating handmade and bespoke bows and bow ties for everyone. The folks from B.TIES describe their products so "all bow ties are handmade from new, vintage and custom fabrics collected from all over the world and the web and will arrive beautifully packaged, unique, imperfectly precious and very much loved."
Sonia makes cute and quirky little embroidered portraits from photos, as well as selling their miniature embroidery hoops under the name Dandelyne. Dandelyne delivers on quality, love and originality through her range of hand embroidered necklaces and brooches, and D.I.Y. hoop kits for everyone who would like to frame their own little stitchy masterpieces.
4. Tread & Pedals
This creative duo handcraft sustainable design for Him, Her and Home from old bicycle parts. Em and Ivan love taking something like a punctured bike inner tube, a cog or a wonky wheel and turning it into something quirky through crafting it and recycling it in an unexpected way. They had some of their awesome wheel clocks, chain cufflinks and tyre belts on display
5. Herbert & Friends
Herbert & Friends offer a collection of quirky characters, from sophisticated sloths to mountaineering turtles. They evoke a magical world where anything is possible – a red panda can win gold in the Olympics for table tennis and a yeti reaches the height of fame in a covers band. Taking the shape of handmade softies, cushions and greeting cards, these cuddly and eye-catching conversation pieces bring a home to life.
7. The Sweet Little Posy Shop by Bespoke Letterpress
Bought to you by the clever folk at Bespoke Letterpress, The Sweet Little Posy Shop! Injecting vintage charm, with the very sweetest and freshest in floral blooms, our pop up posy shop will feature lovely little flowers just for you.
Words by: Celeste Hulme, Photos by Louise Krynauw and Celeste Hulme