‘Tis the season for pop up markets and school fairs here in Perth. November brings sunny weekends filled with locally designed and handmade creations, food, drinks and secondhand bargains.
I ventured out to two of the many markets on the weekend and, as always, was blown away by the quality of handmade products. We have some seriously talented craftsmen and women here in Perth.
“Something Different” was a pop up event held all weekend in Leederville, just 5 minutes from Perth city. It was the the first time this “offline etsy market” had been held and over 40 individual artists and young (or young at heart) makers were featured.
The market had a great festival vibe and the venue worked well. Bonus points to the person who thought to include the bar at the venue and let people walk around with a glass of wine! Hopefully it won’t be too long before the WA Street Team on Etsy run another one of these fabulous markets.
Handy Hubby and I visited on Friday night and there were some great gift ideas for babies and kids.
My nieces are in their teens and they love stationery. They have gone through the Smiggle phase and now look for stationery that isn’t too “kiddie” in design. Small boutique stationer K Gets Organised had a beautiful range of hand painted stationery that any tween, teen (or adult) would love. From notepads to notebooks, planners, greeting cards, wrapping paper and to-do lists, all designs are unique and stylish. I bought myself the monthly planner but was also crushing on the patterned notepads (the pineapple, macaron and cactus notepads were my favourite designs).
Spool Couture is a new small business on the scene who create beautiful party dresses. Dresses are released in limited quantities and are handmade to order. Of the gorgeous selection, the Indian bear was my favourite.
The pastel colours in the cushions from Pip and Printer were beautiful. They are 100% organic hemp/cotton blend and hand screen printed. The business is strong on its values of producing locally, designing sustainably and not harming the environment. Fun fact: the recycled PET cushion inserts are filled with 100% PET fibre, which is derived from recycled water bottles. They look and feel similar to a high-grade polyester cushion insert, but have a greater resilience rating and will last for much longer. For every 1kg of fibre used, more than 70 water bottles are saved from landfill.
Sugar Plum Tree had a lovely range of handmade baby and childrenswear. The pineapple neon t-shirts were a standout as were the Julia skirts and cute range of baby bloomers.
The gorgeous range of costume jewellery from ilyashoney jewellery would make a great gift for a teen girl. I fell in love with so many of the pieces myself! All pieces are handmade to order by owner Nat and the colour combinations she uses really ‘pop’. I love her statement of “I wear everything I make and I love everything I wear.”
Not one for the kids, but Handy Hubby couldn’t go past these awesome Leo & Spargo t-shirts and had to buy both for himself. That should take his t-shirt tally up to well over 20. I’ve lost count. This guy in the photos isn’t Handy Hubby. He’s a bit camera shy so I had to go for the Leo & Spargo model to show you the cool t-shirts!
Mr TT was my market date for Saturday morning. After dropping Miss TT at gymnastics, we visited the Feed Box Market on The Esplanade at Scarborough Beach. Saturday was the first one of these pop up markets and they will be open every Saturday morning from 8.00am – 1.00pm through to December 27.
Within 30 seconds of arriving, Mr TT had already found the juice stall and went about sampling (and sculling) every raw juice on tasting. He even downed the green juice (apple, lime, kale and spirulina) and asked for more. The boys at the World’s Healthiest Juice Company were very impressed. Think we might have to head back next week.
This small pop up market featured coffee, food, artisan stalls, fresh produce, a kids play area and workshops. Located right on Scarborough Beach, it was a lovely way to spend the morning.
Spotted at Feed Box Market was a new local small business Blank Canvas Gifts. Owner Sonia created the business with the aim to get kids’ art off the pin-up board where no one sees it and on show for the world to admire. Ranging from $35 to $45, her debut collection of craft packs includes canvas shoes, cotton t-shirt, decorative cushion, apron, library bag, painting smock, party dress, pencil case, sun hat and even a santa sack. Each pack comes with all you need to decorate your item (fabric paints or markers, glitter, brushes, etc). A Calico bag, instruction booklet and gift tag are also included.
Craft packs make fantastic gifts for art-loving kids. Kids would be so proud to wear or use something that they have created themselves. Sonia will be at the Feed Box Market again on November 22 and December 20 or you can visit her website to purchase the craft packs.
I loved meeting the stall holders at each market. It’s easy to see they are passionate about what they do (and they do it well!). What was so fantastic to see were the large number of shoppers supporting and buying local.
Do you have any good markets in your area?
How many t-shirts does your partner own?!