The best places to buy local designs in Melbourne

Find homewares, clothes, knick knacks and more at these stores and markets committed to supporting local designers and makers
Photograph: Linsey Rendell
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Melbourne is a great city to live if you’re a maker, thanks to all the retailers that champion local designers and artists. Next time you’re looking for something special, why not visit one of these boutiques or markets?

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Shops that stock locally made wares

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Guild of Objects
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Shopping, Homewares

Guild of Objects

icon-location-pin North Melbourne

Venture to North Melbourne and you’ll find a ceramic paradise. Guild of Objects is a collaboration between three small batch potters, Brooke Thorn, Chela Edmunds and Tao Oudomvilay, who know how hard it can be to get a small business off the ground and get your work seen by the wider community. Here you’ll be able to support a new generation of Australian makers. They sell tableware, planters, vases, jewellery, clothing and more.

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Woman shopping artisan goods
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Shopping, Grocers

The Food Repository

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

The Food Repository pride themselves on selling those small batch goods you normally have to hunt around for. Selling anything from chai to honey, lentils to hot sauce, they’re all about putting small businesses in the spotlight. Each of the items stocked in-store are handpicked by store owner Joni Marcelis, and are chosen specifically for their sustainable production methods and their use of natural ingredients.

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Monk House Designs
Shopping, Designer

Monk House Design

icon-location-pin Brunswick East

Back in 2005, owner Roula Tazidras opened her small Brunswick East boutique with a vision to stock a carefully curated selection of independent labels from Australia and beyond. These days, Monk House Design is a well-loved fixture on Lygon Street, offering womenswear, accessories and homewares by the likes of Dress Up, Kloke, Base Range and Monk House Design’s very own self-titled and Melbourne-made range of wardrobe staples.

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Shelving 3 at Mr Kitly
Shopping, Boutiques

Mr Kitly

icon-location-pin Brunswick

Any plant and homewares store named after a cat is alright by us. Store owner Bree Claffey fills her Brunswick shop with handcrafted work by local makers, like a vase by Melbourne potter Sandra Bowkett, woodfired in Tallarook, or a pastel-coloured ceramic cup by Iranian-born Melbourne artist Elnaz Nourizadeh.

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Shopping, Boutiques

Third Drawer Down

icon-location-pin Fitzroy

This ain’t your average gift and homewares store. Over the last 14 years, Third Drawer Down have worked with more than 50 Australian big-name artists including Charles Blackman and Del Kathryn Barton in designing everything from tea towels to purses. Some of their fun and colourful products are also made from the folks at Arts Project Australia, who work with artists living with intellectual disabilities.

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SO:ME Space: South Melbourne Market
Shopping, Boutiques

SO:ME Space: South Melbourne Market

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Did you know that the South Melbourne Market is home to one of the city’s best pop-up design spaces? Tear yourself away from the gourmet food stalls and browse bright homewares at theSuperCool, kooky cycling gear at Spin South Melbourne, colourful brogues at Lost in Seasons and more. The space showcases new Melbourne designers alongside its permanent stalls each month.

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Pieces of Eight
Art, Galleries

Pieces of Eight

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Housed in a custom-built space in the CBD, this Melbourne gallery regularly runs exhibitions, workshops and events that showcase the carefully selected collections of local artists. In store, they sell handmade, limited edition jewellery and objets d’art, each piece as striking and bold as the last. They also organise commissions, including wedding rings, by many of their artists.

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Baluk Arts
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Shopping, Arts and crafts

Baluk Arts

icon-location-pin Mornington

Head down the coast until you reach Baluk Arts: a non-profit arts organisation owned and run by Indigenous artists from the region. As well as providing support for local Aboriginal artists, Baluk also sells their one-of-a-kind pieces in their shop. Here, you’ll find everything from handcrafted clap sticks made from Mornington Peninsula tea trees to jewellery crafted from natural materials, as well as picture books and paintings.

Markets that sell locally made wares

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Seddon Makers Market
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Things to do, Markets

Seddon Makers Market

icon-location-pin Yarraville
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A group of passionate volunteers run this inner western market (formerly known as the Maribyrnong Makers Market). Stallholders are all locals who share a passion for craft – whether that’s making jewellery, candles, cakes or toys.

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St Andrews Market
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Things to do, Markets

St Andrews Market

icon-location-pin Yarra Valley
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Half the fun of visiting this alternative lifestyle and craft market is the journey. Wind through the hills of the Yarra Valley and you’ll find rows of stalls hiding in a eucalypt forest selling jewellery, crystals, pottery, sweet treats and skincare products. Afterwards, grab a bowl of dahl and listen to live music from local buskers.

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