I love a good market, and I love anything handmade. To me, an object is so much more genuine and valuable when it has a background, a story. I love the way contemporary artisans are exploring textures and upcycling existing objects. Also, I always feel like I’m touching something unique, something carefully designed, that has caused sweat and tears, and also immense joy to the artisan. This morning, a notification popped up on my Instagram feed and what do I learn ? The Finders Keepers Markets are on this Mother’s Day weekend and so-disorganised-me nearly missed it ! A quick decision later, I am on the ferry and off to Barangaroo ! I have a selection of twelve handmade things to buy at the Finders Keepers Market for you to do some last minute shopping !
Leather Journals and Wooden Spoons at Uscha
No matter how digitally connected we are, you can’t replace the intimate sensation of writing on paper. Uscha has a cool selection of homewares, wooden spoons, leather journals and bags.
Soap Products at Raw Suds
After many years of using liquid soaps and shower gels, I am rediscovering the pleasure of soap. Raw Suds has a range of organic, and well, raw soap products, including bath salts and masks.
Bags and Accessories at Hills & West
A good selection of classic pieces, in high quality leather, all made in Australia of course !
Stationary and Gift Wrapping Paper at Ginja Design
Ah, stationary, my Achilles’ Heel ! I adore a nicely designed shopping list and Ginja Design has some really cute designs. I am seriously thinking of going colourful for my Christmas wrapping this year.
Cushions and Rugs from Dromme
I was instantly attracted to the gorgeous indigo blue of Dromme cushion covers and textiles. Designed in Australia by two brothers from Northern India, these homewares use a technique similar to Japanese Shibori.
Terrariums by Bella
Have you missed the terrarium craze? Impossible to miss the cute terrariums of Botanicals By Bella, inject some green in your life !
Ceramics and Textiles at Trade The Mark
Shop for some really funky planters and equally fascinating textiles.
Crochet Donuts at Flaming Pot
Everyone needs a crochet donut in their life, and Flaming Pot have a great collection to choose from… This type of handmade product is sure to put a smile on your face.
Wall Vases at Assorted Affairs
This is such a lovely idea, mixing glass and distressed wood, an ideal gift for a homely home…
Concrete Homewares at Forge Design
Who would have thought that concrete could deliver such lovely homewares ?
Upcycled Lamps at Upswitch
With some serious tinkering, Upswitch proves that Mason jars are not just for granola… I’m sure each lamp has a story and a history !
Candles at We Are Wild
We Are Wild make some lovely scented candles, I think the retro coloured glass is a nice touch !
But wait, there’s more…
This is a selection of twelve handmade things to buy at the Finders Keepers Markets but there are many more shops to choose from. If you miss this Mother’s Day edition, the markets will be back at Barangaroo on 8-10 December 2017. Entry to the Finders Keepers Markets is only $2, more information is available here.
There are many other markets in Sydney, check out this post on cool and hip markets in Sydney.
Please tell me about your great finds at the Finders Keepers Markets in the comments below !