Perth Upmarket is one of my favourite markets. Held every few months at the grounds of the University of Western Australia, it’s a massive market filled with WA designed original and handcrafted wares. The quality of items at each stall is amazing – there are some incredibly talented artisans here in Perth.
Each time I visit, I excitedly hop from stall to stall and marvel at the gorgeous wares. With over 150 stalls there’s a lot to take in. Seeing the passion these makers have for their craft is inspiring. The market always attracts a big crowd and it’s fantastic to see so many people supporting and buying local.
From stationery to clothing, accessories, room décor and craft kits, here are my favourite baby and kids gift finds from the day (plus a couple of extra cool finds for us bigger kids). There were so many more fantastic gift finds I could include but these were the ones that tickled my fancy this time around…
Madison Grace Designs has beautiful accessories and I love their new leather bow clips in pink, gold and silver.
Super cute handmade Fox Dresses from Sugar Plum Tree.
Eeny Empire have a gorgeous selection of prints – perfect for kids rooms. I was particularly taken with this set of 3 featuring The Professor, Lookout Fox and Captain Beluga (such cool names!).
I love the new reversible cot quilt designs from Pip’n’Pop – they are beautifully made.
Huckleberry have a great selection of unique and affordable gifts and activity kits. Their Magic Waterworld sets feature magic beads and animals – just add water and the non-toxic beads will grow to their maximum size in 4 hours. The animals can take up to a few days to grow to their full size!
The Grow Your Own Magic Message Beans have a message laser engraved onto each seed. When the bean plant grows, the message appears – crazy!
Let It Snow was a big hit with kids at the market. Just by adding water, one packet makes one litre of realistic, fluffy snow. Snow is rather a novelty here in Perth!
The designs on the baby and kids t-shirts and sweaters from Iggy Little are so cool – yes, that is a turtle riding a jet ski and taking a selfie on the blue t-shirt pictured top left! I bought a Iggy Little dark grey t-shirt for Mr TT (that’s Iggy zooming along on the yellow scooter).
Ingrid, the very clever designer behind these great designs has generously offered a 50% off code across their range for Gift Grapevine followers. Just visit the Iggy Little website and enter the code: GrapeVine. It’s valid until the end of June 2015. Thanks Ingrid!
Toddlers would go nuts for these Dancing Wrist Ribbons from Games To Go. Their full range of wooden games was also on display at the market including their beautiful hand-stamped memory game.
Shopgirl In Print has a beautiful selection of prints and tote bags. The “She was of course queen of everything” and “Brave” prints were my two favourites from the market.
So much pastel goodness from Pip and Printer! An eco textiles brand with all products made in WA, I love their plant bags, cushions and clocks.
String art kits from The String Art Co would make an original and creative gift for kids over the age of 6. The String Art Co also runs workshops in Perth during the school holidays.
My feeding cover was a well loved and used accessory back when I was breastfeeding my tornadoes. It certainly wasn’t as stylish as the ones I spotted from Tiny Hearts. I love how these are double sided – very handy!
The personalised frames from Taylor Made Frames make a beautiful and personal gift. I bought one for my Mum for Christmas with the names of all of our family intertwined in scrabble pieces and she loved it. They would also make a unique baby or Christening gift.
The stationery nut and mad-keen list writer in me gets very excited every time I see the gorgeous stall from K Gets Organised. Talented designer Kelsie makes beautiful paper goods – monthly planners, to do lists, notepads, greeting cards, gift wrap, notecards and even more stationery goodness.
She has also branched out into a number of collaborations and I love the candles she has created with Ginger & Lucille Soy Candles. The scents evoke “that organised feeling” – I can confirm that the “Clean Sheets” candle smells divine!
And finally, the clever cookie that is Amy from Kookery has outdone herself. I love her quirky and hilarious quotes featured on linen tea towels and aprons such as “To brie or not to brie, that is not a question” and “They tried to give me decaf, but I said no, no, no”. Her new tote bags are perfect for all you food bloggers out there and anyone who likes to share their plated creations on social media. Seeing these crack me up every time!
A Mini-Upmarket is scheduled for Sunday August 9 and another full Perth Upmarket will be on Sunday September 13. If you’ve never been before then mark your diaries – it’s a great day!
Do you love market shopping?
Which is your favourite market?