To market, to market—Finders Keepers Market is back for a three-day extravaganza at the Royal Exhibition Building. As well as the usual hot design talent, there’ll be vintage sellers, bands, DJs, food trucks and a dedicated food and produce section. The best bit? Entry is only $2, bargainistas!
Since it began in 2008, the Finders Keepers Market has gained a cult following—partly because of its festival-style buzz, partly because it only pops up twice a year. Like any festival, you need a game-plan going in—so we’ve perused the line-up to create our Top 10 Picks of Finders Keepers AW15. With so much market goodness on hand, you can’t really go wrong, but we reckon these stalls and sections should be on your hitlist.
Foxes are having a moment, and so is this independent design studio. They do 3D rabbit head and fox-head rings, as well as delicate sugar skull necklaces inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Their Tasty Treats! collection is an eclectic feast of miniature fast food charms in sterling silver, and they also do wooden covers for iPhones.
How’s that winter glare? Grab a new pair of vintage sunnies or optical glasses at the Abe & Sara stall in the Vintage Emporium at Finders Keepers. Cherrypicked from the 1940s up til the 1990s, they’ve all been re-lensed to make them highly effective against the sun—as well as super stylin’. As their website says, 'If you’re going to stick something on your face, make sure it’s awesome.’
Some say letter-writing is a lost art, but we say there’s nothing lovelier than hand-printed paper, stationery, prints and cards. The craftsmanship on show at Bespoke Letterpress will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ out loud, and you’ll probably discover a whole new obsession with 1893, 1950, 1972 and 1973 printing presses.
Inspired by all things vintage, Dressed for Sunday houses the best collection of bowties you’re likely to see outside of Anton’s. Stocked like a ‘how-to’ in natty and nostalgic accessories, it’s got everything from pocket squares, cuff links, tie bars and braces to earrings, brooches, beads and bangles.
We reckon you’ll be getting hungry by now. Torching through the dedicated eating area, the Brûlée Cart will ravish your tastebuds with its rotating, seasonal flavours. Is there anything better than a tiny, perfectly portioned crème brûlée? We don’t think so. Follow it on social media to get your fix.
6. Vinyl Cuts
Go ahead and indulge your inner hipster-kid—Vinyl Cuts handcrafts an irresistibly cool range of homewares and jewellery from pre-loved vinyl records. Think jewellery, wall hangings, clocks, cushions, coasters and ceramics; all made from the music that set your grandma hummin’. You can even commission a cake-stand for a wedding—stacked with love songs, naturally.
An adorable range of flat-packed plant pots that suction to glass windows so you can grow fresh herbs inside your house. Forget IKEA’s flat-pack furniture, these babies are made from 100% recycled material and produced here in Melbourne. All you need is sunshine.
Homely Creatures is a haven for knitted cloud cushions, festive felt bunting, framed prints and timber dollhouses. The perfect place to stock up on gifts and goodies, it also supports fair trade.
Lauren Morton shuns Melbourne’s sometimes monochromatic colour palette to create high-vis candy rock necklaces and polymer clay stud earrings. Her pieces are the epitome of high-pigment and high-excitement fun.
10. The Beaufort Pop-Up Bar
Browsing all the beautiful things at Finders Keepers Melbourne and deciding whether or not to buy them is thirsty business. Make your decision over a drink with the friendly folk from Beaufort Bar as they serve up old-fashioneds with a nautical twist.
The Finders Keepers | 17th – 19th July
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
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Image credit: Finders Keepers via Facebook