[Sponsored] This three-day shopping event will satisfy all your aesthetic desires
One of Australia's top independent designer shopping events is returning to Melbourne in time for Christmas. The Big Design Market will be at the Royal Exhibition Building for three days this November and December. Check out more than 230 stallholders from Australia and abroad selling designer jewellery, homewares, fashion, stationery, art, kid's products and cosmetics. With gourmet eats and showbags thrown into the mix, it's possibly one of the most fun (and most original) ways to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
The 2018 stallholder line-up features the likes of jewellery designer Ada Hodgson, talented ceramicist James Lemon, indigenous social enterprise Bush Medijina, independent stationers Milligram and so much more. Upgrade your life with lunchboxes from Beetbox, ceramic travel cups from Bridget Bodenham, cute bikes from Lekker and funky cork yoga mats from I Am Yoga. The entire list of stallholders is massive, with all types of design covered. Want plain and practical? You got it. Prefer something hashtag-worthy? Can do! The Big Design Market has every gift imaginable under the one roof with the added bonus of knowing your purchase supports local designers.
The natural enemy of shopping sprees is hunger but luckily the Big Design Market boasts a hunger-busting line-up of gourmet food and drink options. Sink your teeth into ice cream from Gelato Messina, coffee from St Ali and lunch time treats from Earl Canteen, Five and Dime Bagels and All Day Donuts (who says you can't have doughnuts for lunch?). They're joined by the fresh faces of Q le Baker by Quentin Berthonneau who will be bringing some authentic French pastries. Plus the event will also serve you your weekend tipple, with the likes of Moo Brew, Starward Whisky, The Everleigh, Merricks General Wine Store and Archie Rose Distilling Co on drinks duty.
Limited edition designer show bags are back for 2018 as well, with this year's bags containing kids books from Berbay Books, nail polish from Kester Black, earrings from Erika Harder Jewellery, enamel pins from Danica Studio, body products from Leif and heaps more from other stallholders.
Those with junior shoppers will have plenty to keep them entertained too, this year Big Design Market's popular kids area will feature a city park-themed play area. Kids will be able to get busy making paper flowers and decorating cubby houses that they can play inside.
Entry to the Big Design Market is $2 (kids aged 12 and under enter for free) and ATM facilities are available within the building.