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Time Out says

[Sponsored] The biennial design market returns with a record number of local and indie makers, plus food stalls galore

Nothing chases away those winter blues quite like some retail therapy, especially when you’re supporting local artisans and mindful makers at the Finders Keepers festival. The massive design and art market have gotten even bigger this year, with a record 280 stalls selling everything from slow fashion to homewares.

The line-up features market regulars like ceramic makers Sophie Moran, who makes beautiful clay reusable coffee cups, and Shuh, who makes cute plant pots. This year, there's also a section for vendors and designers that are new to the market. Newbies this time round include Squint, a Melbourne-based contemporary women’s fashion label; Okay Lady, a female artist-championing producer of mindful jigsaw puzzles; and the Witch Apprentice, your one-stop shop for essential oil concoctions.

It’s the ideal place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts, like ethical Aboriginal-designed children’s wear by Amber Days, or a design-your-own beanie from Lore Lore. When it’s time to recharge, the food and drink vendors have your back. Bao x Waffle mashes up Taiwanese street food with American flavours, while St Gerry’s puts a sweet spin on international desserts such as Greek doughnuts and fudge puppies. Hot drink slingers like Mörk Chocolate and Seven Seeds Coffee will fortify you against the cold, and charge you up for another round of shopping.

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