The Big Design Market

Shopping, Markets
Woman tries on hat at the market.
Photograph: Lisa Hogben

[Sponsored] Find your style match with independent makers and designers at this three-day art, fashion and design festival

The Big Design Market sees more than 200 designers and makers selling their handmade and locally produced wares at a three-day shopping festival in Sydney. This year, stalls will be set up just in time for you to make good on your Kris Kringle promises by picking up a one of a kind gift on December 7-9.

Wait until you see the line-up of designers coming this summer. You’ll be able to tick off your entire Christmas shopping list in one fell swoop. Visit stallholders including Bridget Bodenham for her stunning handmade ceramic designs, grab reusable drink bottles from Rolla Bottle, and bright jewellery pieces from Big Design Market favourite Emily Green.

Want to squirrel away a little something for yourself? Check out designer jewellery and fashion labels like Julie White, Milk and Thistle, and Sydney-based jewellery label Studio Elke. And if you're after a new set of wheels, visit the Lekker Bikes stall for the stylish Dutch bikes, or grab a natural cork mat from I Am That – Yoga to kick off 2019 with mindfulness and flexibility.

If you get a bit peckish while you're shopping, there’ll be snacks from Mary’s burgers and Smoking Gun Bagels, plus caffeinated beverages provided by Welcome Dose Speciality Coffee and Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar. Follow it up with a gelato and doughnut dessert combo from Gelato Messina and Shortstop, and booze by way of gin makers Archie Rose and Young Henrys craft brewery.

Finally, for the first time ever in Sydney Big Design Market will be giving shoppers who visit on Friday, December 7 free gold books filled with exclusive offers from stallholders. Come between noon and 8pm on Friday and you'll have access to deals from more than 85 designers and food stalls. Offers include a free tote bag from Gelato Messina when you buy one of their delicious new chocolate or strawberry sundaes and free monogramming when you buy a nifty Orbitkey key organiser. There are plenty more juicy deals in the gold book, so make sure you pick one up. 

Each year, Big Design Market also features a huge installation piece that colours the heart of the event. This year, a huge flock of colourful birds has been created by artist, author and illustrator Marc Martin, and will be suspended above the stalls at the Royal Hall of Industries. There are also highly sought after show bags to purchase, prizes to be won and free craft activities for kids, all for a $2 entry fee (and kids under 12 can come for free).

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