Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Melbourne market diary


After attending the Richmond Weekender’s Homemakers Market a couple of weekends ago, I became just a smidge enthusiastic about markets. The day was quite a treat, with a small but terrific group of stalls: lovely leaf teas, pots and cups from
Tea & Sympathy; sticky local treats from the beekeepers at Melbourne City Rooftop Honey; useful, designed things from Ganim’s Store and Mr Kitly; and beautiful typographic prints and stationary from The Hungry Workshop.

Bad news: the Richmond Weekender is over, the market been and gone. Good news: there are untold wonders, oodles of goods and hours of wandering to be had at the many more markets of Melbourne. As a rough and far-from-exhaustive guide, I’ve rounded up a few that might just be worth a look — in fact, there are enough market events here to keep you busy every weekend right up til the end of May!

Also, don't forget, if you're in Hobart this weekend, that this Saturday is the last for Mona's Markets. That’s the 14th. It’s a produce-based market, with live music, foodie events, and projects by local designers and craftspeople. 


April round-up:

1. Rose Street Artists’ Market 

WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday.
WHERE: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy, between Brunswick and Nicholson Streets.
WHAT: Fitzroy in market form — eclectic, creative, and stylish. Local artists and designers, art, photography, clothing, homewares, stationary, gifts, vintage, food, bike hire etc etc…

2. Camberwell Sunday Market 

WHEN: Every Sunday, 7am – 12.30pm.
WHERE: In the car park at the rear and Burke and Riversdale Roads, Camberwell.
WHAT: Flea market — everything has to be second hand or hand crafted. This means fabulous vintage and used clothing, books, bric a brac, furniture, and crafts.

3. Blender Lane Artists’ Market 

WHEN: Saturday, April 14th.
WHERE: 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne.
WHAT: A new art and design market in a street-art covered laneway, by Blender Studios (what could be more Melbourne cool?). That means great arts, crafts, stationary, zines, jewellery, coffee, music, and other good things.

4. The Finders Keepers Markets 

WHEN: Friday, April 20th (evening) and Saturday, April 21st.
WHERE: The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
WHAT: A biannual event showcasing work from emerging artists and designers from throughout Australia and New Zealand. This is one not to miss — a huge celebration of independent design and craftsmanship, with live music, eats and drinks to enjoy too.

5. Bend and Snap 

WHEN: The last Sunday of each month, 3pm – 8pm.
WHERE: 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
WHAT: An exciting new indoor design market, featuring work by creative illustrators, clothes designers, jewelers, and artists. Other draw cards: hands-on craft activities, the café out the front, art-covered walls, great music, and evening opening hours.


May round-up:

1. Hawthorn Craft Market

WHEN: First Sunday of the month, 10am - 3pm.
WHERE: The Atrium, John Street, Swinburne University Hawthorn Campus.
WHAT: Handcrafted goods, from jewellery and accessories, children's clothing and toys, plus foodie things like homemade cakes, biscuits, and jams.

2. The People's Market & Flea

WHEN: Every Saturday, 10am - 2pm (for food and farmers' market), 10am - 4pm (for flea), and til after dark (for drinks, food and music).
WHERE: 453-507 Docklands Drive, Melbourne.
WHAT: A flea market, farmers' market, and trendy eatery hotspot. This is an ambitious market project, providing a new Saturday location for those hunting vintage and bric a brac plus locals and visitors after seasonal produce, specialty foods, breads, coffee and flowers. Need extra encouragement? There's a range of food providers (like 1000 £ Bend, Grill'd, Phat Brats and the League of Honest Coffee) operating out of refurbished shipping containers - how uncommonly cool does that sound?

3. Bank Street Market

WHEN: The third Saturday of every month, 10am - 2pm.
WHERE: Corner Bank and Montague Streets, South Melbourne.
WHAT: Art, craft, vintage clothes, children's clothes, jewellery, homewares, plants, books, greens and more, in the South Melbourne Commons community hub.

4. Markit

WHEN: Sunday May 27th, 10am - 5pm.
WHERE: The Atrium and the BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square.
WHAT: A biannual design market focusing on illustrative and decorative design products, including fashion, jewellery, homewares, stationary and prints. One day only, so don't miss out!

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