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. This is no Nan and Pop operation. The quality of items at each stall is amazing – there are some incredibly talented artisans here in Perth.
I went along on Sunday with Miss T and my Mum. It was Mum’s first Upmarket and she was impressed. Miss T proved a great little market companion, even if we did have to bribe her with sweet treats. Like I said, it’s a BIG market with over 150 stalls.
Here are my favourite baby and kids gift finds from the day (plus a couple of extras for me). There were so many more I could include but these were the ones that tickled my fancy…
The handmade organic cotton quilts and baby pants from Pip’n’Pop are just beautiful.
Miss T had a ball playing with all the products from My Little Play Pack. Many of them she had already seen as they are items she plays with in her pre-primary class. Owner Amy is a teacher and mum of 3 who started the business to promote play as a valuable tool for learning. Packs are available that encourage literacy, sensory, fine motor and numeracy play. Miss T was particularly taken with the Hammer It Pack and the water beads.
Every would-be superhero needs to ask themselves this question! Love this monochrome print from Shopgirl in Print.
Spool Couture make beautiful handcrafted dresses. A boys collection of clothing is coming soon.
Miss T is a competitive little thing. Luckily she was a good sport and on her best behaviour when playing all the gorgeous wooden games with Amber from Games To Go. There’s lots to choose from but ‘Bird In The Hand’ was her favourite game. It was great to see her little mind ticking over and working out the numbers. These are wonderful learning through play games.
Madison Grace Designs make adorable jewellery and hair accessories for little girls.
The lovely Kelsie from K Gets Organised makes gorgeous hand painted stationery, planners and gift cards. Her designs would make a perfect gift for a tween or teen girl who has grown out of Smiggle but wants something funkier than Kikki K. As a big writer of to-do lists, I’m in love with her notepads that feature pineapples, macaroons and cacti!
I was in pastel heaven at Pip and Printer. Lisa is a colour theorist and creates beautiful eco friendly textiles. Her range includes cushions and homewares. My favourites are the tote bags and cute plant bags.
With Easter not far away, this Colour Me Placemat from Little Bellies Dinnerware would make a great non-chocolate gift. Solid with a cork backing, the placement comes with a box of Crayola DryErase Washable Crayons. Miss T loves colouring in so this item was a big hit with her.
Row upon row of brightly coloured resin rings from Resinating. Of course my favourites were the pastel gelato colours!
Kookery make fun and practical kitchenware with a twist. I love their linen tea towels. These are only two of many quirky and cool sayings available – Amy from Kookery is one clever lady. Stay tuned for a new release coming soon. It’s one that will be very popular with the foodie bloggers out there!
As much as Miss T loved playing games, colouring in and seeing all the “pretty things”, when I asked what her favourite part of the market was, she answered as any 5 year old would – eating an icy pole (thanks Delish Ice Gourmet Ice Pops!).
I love being able to shop local and support WA artisans. When the items are this good, there’s no excuse! To discover some WA goodness for yourself, head to the retailers gallery on the Perth Upmarket website or mark your diary for the next Upmarket on June 21.
Do you love market shopping?
Which is your favourite market?