The Finders Keepers
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The biannual 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. The massive design and art market has gotten even bigger this year, with a record 270 stalls selling everything from slow fashion to homewares.
The spring/summer line-up features market regulars such as ceramics makers Sophie Moran, who makes beautiful clay reusable coffee cups, and Shuh, who makes cute plant pots. It's the ideal place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts like mugs from Mornington Peninsula brand Koa by Kaitlin, dog accessories from Found and Hound or a beautiful upcycled lamp from Upswitch.
Stallholders making their Finders Keepers debut in 2019 include Moeder Fox, who make colourful unisex clothing for babies and kids; Emilie Connor Home Store, whose homewares utilise renewable bamboo; and Stacey Maree, whose art featuring woodland creatures adorns greeting cards, wrapping paper and stationery. You’ll also find handpainted indoor pots by Gabby Love; swimwear made from recycled discarded fishing nets by Okay Pretty; and ceramic jewellery by Teresa Nunes.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Gammin Threads. Designer Tahnee Edwards creates hip chillwear and accessories that celebrate blak pride and aim to promote an understanding of First Nations culture. Edwards is the Melbourne recipient of the Finders Keepers Indigenous Program.
When it’s time to recharge, the food and drink vendors will have your back. The Chippery will keep you carb-loaded, while St Gerry’s puts a sweet spin on international desserts such as Greek doughnuts and fudge puppies.
The Finders Keepers takes place at the Royal Exhibition Building, and entry is just $5 (free for under 12s). The event kicks off on Friday October 18, noon-9pm. On Saturday October 19 opening hours are 10am-7pm, and on Sunday October 20 they’re 10am-5pm.