I’ve been rather absent here of late. Apologies blog peeps! One of the things that has kept me well and truly tied up of late was preparing for my very first market stall!
I was accepted into Craft Hatch (run by Caft Victoria) and spent the last month or two juggling my day job and market prepping in every spare second I had. This involved making polymer clay beads until they were coming out of my ears, weaving until I couldn’t see straight, and figuring out how to set up a spiffy-looking market stall. Phew.
Not going to lie, I was just a little bit nervous about my first market (I’m talking waking up from stress dreams at 4am nervous), but on the day everything went smoothly and I actually had the best time!
It was ace to be able to chat to some lovely customers, and invaluable to hear feedback about the things I make, i.e. what colours people liked and what they found cute, fun or unique.
But the real highlight of my day turned out to be the chance to chat with my fellow stall holders, who were actually all SO lovely and unreasonably talented. Because Christmas is coming up (I know, I know, don’t freak out!) I wanted to introduce you to a few of them, because I think they would be ace people to hit up for some unique, locally and lovingly made Christmas gifts for your peeps!
- State of Permanence (pottery). I had a great chat with Shireen and Stephen from State of Permanence. They were the nicest! It was Shireen’s second market, and her first was only bloody Finders Keepers (wrap your head around that! What a pro). Her stall was opposite mine, so I spent a good portion of the day ogling her beautiful ceramics. I’m particularly in love with her blush coloured necklaces, which you can feast your eyes on by clicking here.
- Wally Paper Co (cards). Beck from Wally Paper Co was also the nicest (can you see a theme emerging here?). It was her first market too, and her stall looked amazing. She sells the craziest illustrated cards and if you like things that are even a little bit unconventional, you need some of Beck’s cards in your life. They’re weird, colourful, quirky, dark, strange, magical… All these adjectives do not do them justice. Really, do yourself a favour and click here to see them.
- Sanela Sinikovic (art). Sanela’s stall was next to mine (stall buddies!) so we had the chance to chat throughout the day, and bonded over our love of mint green/teal. She is a super interesting person and makes stunning art (and some jewellery too). You can see her work by clicking here.
- WhiteLightly (jewellery). Alas, I do not have my ears pierced (needles are bloody scary, ok?!) but Jane from WhiteLightly just about convinced me that it’s time I got them done. Her gemstone jewellery is unique and utterly gorgeous and when I do eventually get holes violently punched into my earlobes, I will buy a pair of her earrings and feel like such a fashionista.
- Chloe McColl (jewellery). I came across Chloe’s beautiful jewellery at Finders Keepers back in July, and fell even more in love with it on second viewing. Chloe’s gorgeous silver jewellery is heavily inspired by treasures collected along beaches, and Chloe herself is super lovely to boot. Click here to see her pretty, pretty things.
I’ve recently updated my Etsy store with all the leftover goodies from the market, so if you’d like to take a closer look, you can click here to visit my store 🙂