Let me just start off by saying that I LOVE the Finders Keepers craft market! It happens twice a year in our capital city (Melbourne) and I always go out of my way to keep the weekend clear. I missed the first one this year on account of a death in the family, but by a stroke of luck, last weekend I was free!
I hope you don’t mind, but I went a little snap-happy with my new camera this year. You can see parts one, two and three from 2012 here, here and here. Gosh, how my photography skills have improved! On the matter of photos – where possible, the links for all the shops are attached to the pictures, so if you see something you like, click the picture and it should take you to their store.
Finders Keepers takes place in the old Melbourne convention center, even though it’s smaller than the current center, I really believe this one has more character.
In previous years, they have only used half of the building, but as the market for handmade and vintage increases, so do the stall holders. There is truly something for all who visit… pet rock anyone?
Alright, as cute as they are, $40 seemed a little too much to invest in a relationship that would only go one way. I also had to pass on this stunning collar necklace for the 3rd year running. Sometimes I wonder why I torture myself.
These were much more my price range, but alas, I couldn’t pick a colour.
I think if money was no object though, I would have absolutely decked myself in Kate Macindoe’s nature-inspired collection.
Speaking of nature, succulents are still very much “in”, while I did notice a significant drop in neon and screen printing. I can’t decide if this makes me happy or not.
This year more than any other year previous, I took note of the amazing textures and colour combinations all around me.
These dresses and undergarments by Alice Nightingale were particularly stunning.
I love the colour pallets used for many of these Me We abstract painted blocks.
As always, I felt a strong pull towards the stationers. My favorite for years now have to be Sweet William, Poppies for Grace and Bespoke Letterpress.
My love of paper did not extend to my sisters. They spent the day smelling every handcrafted candle in sight and, believe me, there were a lot.
I did not subject my poor unfortunate husband to the market this year, which is a little ironic actually because this was the first year there was something there for him – Heirloom vegetable seeds!
And that about wraps it up, my friends. If you are an Aussie, I really hope this inspires you to check out your nearest Finders Keepers Market, it visits Sydney and Brisbane twice a year too. If you come from some other part of the world, I would love to hear about craft markets where you come from. Are they all as cool as the FK?
Be seeing you next week! Have a great weekend.