Twelve Handmade Things to Buy at the Finders Keepers Markets

Twelve Handmade Things to Buy at the Finders Keepers Markets

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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.

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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.

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Bags and Accessories at Hills & West

A good selection of classic pieces, in high quality leather, all made in Australia of course !

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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.

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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.

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Ceramics and Textiles at Trade The Mark

Shop for some really funky planters and equally fascinating textiles.

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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.

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Wall Vases at Assorted Affairs

This is such a lovely idea, mixing glass and distressed wood, an ideal gift for a homely home…

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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 !

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Candles at We Are Wild

We Are Wild make some lovely scented candles, I think the retro coloured glass is a nice touch !

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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 food markets and The Beaches Market in Sydney.

Please tell me about your great finds at the Finders Keepers Markets in the comments below !

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  1. justinefcross

    May 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Ooh, I love markets!! I especially like the idea of buying terrariums!

    1. Delphine

      May 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Hi Justine, thank you for your comments, I love markets too. There is plenty to see at the Finders Keepers Markets, and the terrariums were great!

  2. Leah

    July 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    There are so many good finds!!! I love all of them but most especially the soap products and everything else from the terraniums down! I am going to have to see if there are similar markets up here in Brisbane.

    1. Delphine

      July 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Yes Leah, it was a pretty good market, lots of very tempting gifts and products!

  3. Leah

    July 4, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    They do, it’s coming to Brisbane in November! 😀

    1. Delphine

      July 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Oh, that’s fantastic! This should take care of your Christmas shopping!

  4. Nicole

    July 5, 2017 at 2:42 am

    This looks amazing, I wish it was on my continent!! Just another place to put on my bucket list I suppose 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Delphine

      July 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Hi Nicole, handmade markets are really popular, which is really good. I’m really over buying cheap stuff made in China, I much prefer buy something that has a story behind it and is made with love.

  5. Gillian

    July 5, 2017 at 5:37 am

    What a fabulous market. I put the wooden spoons and terrariums on my list.

    1. Delphine

      July 5, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Hi Gillian, there are so many things I want from this market! That will take care of my Christmas shopping!

  6. Samantha Bye

    July 5, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I want one of everything! Except the lamps, I’ll take two of those.

    1. Delphine

      July 5, 2017 at 8:26 am

      Hi Samantha, the lamps are pretty darn good, I agree. I would put one on each side of the bed, with a repurposed pallet headboard.

      1. Samantha Bye

        July 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        Oooh great idea! Now I need to find all of this somewhere in the UK!

        1. Delphine

          July 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

          Samantha, these makers are based in Australia but some of them might ship to the UK. Otherwise I’m sure you can find handmade markets in the UK a well !

  7. Mica

    September 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Oh this would be a great place to browse for Christmas presents! We have the Finders Keepers markets here in Brisbane, but I’ve never been yet, I really should!

    1. Delphine

      September 8, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Hi Mica, the Finders Keepers visit most capital cities in the lead up to Christmas. You should definitely check it out for your Christmas shopping, I’m sure there’s some cool handmade fashion !

  8. Sarah Kranz

    September 8, 2017 at 4:58 am

    This is a great list, especially as we get closer to the holiday season. I love buying homemade jewelry, soaps, an wooden spoons!

    1. Delphine

      September 8, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Sarah, I have the same love for handmade soaps and wooden spoons, they are so nice to have around! I look forward to the next market for Christmas!

  9. maplebee92

    September 8, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I wish I had this market close to me! All the stores look fabulous.

    1. Delphine

      September 8, 2017 at 7:31 am

      The concept of the Finders Keepers needs to go around the world! It’s so much better to buy handmade, things are made with love and are much better quality!

  10. Kim at Three Olives Branch

    September 8, 2017 at 6:34 am

    I am swooning over all the olive wood! I have been collecting it for my kitchen, it is just beautiful! That market looks amazing, they are hard to find where I live

    1. Delphine

      September 8, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Hi Kim, the Finders Keepers is a great concept: small makers get to showcase their wares to a large audience. It’s a great market for Christmas especially. I hope you get a chance to find something like this near you!

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