In a world where you can pop into Kmart at three in the morning to satisfy your craving for a cute set of bed sheets, it can be easy to overlook independent designers. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having a Kmart addiction – c’mon, who hasn’t walked in with one item on their shopping list only to emerge with an overflowing shopping trolley? But I digress.

There is a certain void mass produced goods can’t fill; a craving for one-of-a-kind jewellery, fashion, stationary, art, homewares and even skincare. From the Finders Keepers to The Big Design Market and all the smaller creative markets in between, there’s a rising demand for quality handmade goods.

If you’re somebody who needs a little convincing, here are a few great reasons to set aside some time for a little creative market goodness.

Find something unique

Whether its limited edition prints or hand-crafted jewellery, every single item at a designer’s market is one-of-a-kind.

As a market-goer, you can discover labels and products that you have probably never seen before. As cliché as it may sound, there really is something for everyone. Plus, you get to support the little guys (and Australian made) – what’s not to like about that?

Enjoy the atmosphere

When it comes to exploring creative markets, it doesn’t stop at beautiful stoneware or vibrant beeswax wraps. The gourmet bites – think cute cupcakes and mouth-watering food truck offerings – are all part of the experience that can’t be replicated at a standard shopping centre.  

Pick up a hot cup of Joe from one of the coffee carts as you make your way through the stalls. You don’t even have to buy anything – although it’s near impossible not to with all the wonderful goods on offer. Whether it’s a fun family day out or a trip with friends for a cheeky splurge, the combination of food, music and surrounds is almost guaranteed to leave you buzzing.  

Our very own Lamai Anne looking dashing at The Big Design market

Meet the maker

They say that every object tells a story. This couldn’t be more true with the wares found at a creative market. They’re not just manufactured goods – there’s a living, breathing person behind each and every creation.

Sure, online marketplaces like Etsy are a great way to browse through beautiful designed things and support individual artists and designers. But at a creative market you can meet these people in the flesh, discover more about them and what makes the item you just bought that little bit more special. I think it’s safe to say you can’t get that at Kmart.


December 04, 2018 — Milena Tsitovitch