Start saving your pennies now, because the Big Design Market is back for another year. Across three days you can check out more heaps of local, national and international designers spruiking everything from homewares, fashion and cosmetics to tech accessories, furniture and kids' products. And since it’s happening right before Christmas, it’s a great chance to pick up some presents to make your Christmas morning extra merry. Entry is $2.
Each Saturday and Sunday the Rose Street Market gathers some of Melbourne's most exciting artists and designers to display their wares and talk all things handmade. Weave your way through the crowds and duck into the warehouse to check out the handmade fashion, food and curios for sale. The artists are usually on hand to compare crochet needles and discuss their work, so drop in for a squiz, a chat and a haircut from the resident hairdresser.
Every Sunday, Melbourne's finest creative folk gather in endless stalls, arranged in line with the palm trees that stand tall on St Kilda's famed esplanade. Since the 1970s, the market has featured emerging talent in design and handicrafts – think artwork, photography, illustration, jewellery, body products and stationery. There are now more than 140 stalls every week, and the best part is, the market is right next to Luna Park and St Kilda Beach, so you can make a day of it.
More markets for your calendar
Melbourne's bazaars have got the goods, from farm-fresh produce to arts and crafts, and there's one happening near you.