Weekend before last, the Finders Keepers Markets made their way to Brisbane, setting up at the heritage listed Old Museum in Fortitude Valley. I’ve missed out on these markets the past few years so this year was determined to make the most of living near by.

These markets bring together local designers, and creative folk from around Australia, to where they can showcase their wares to the public. I think it’s a fantastic way to expose our homegrown talent, and a brilliant way to support small local businesses.

My friend Sharnie and I wandered over Saturday morning and were ready to get lost among it all right away. With over 85 design and art stalls, there was plenty to see, not to mention the delicious food and drink stalls set up in the gardens!

I was completely blown away by each and every stall. There was so much talent, creativity, patience and love put into every card, bow tie, canvas, earring and outfit. There was also something for everyone! Sharnie picked up some adorable stationery, I chose some lovely handmade ceramic earrings and Christian (whom I went with the following day) walked out with some deliciously scented organic beard balm and a few business cards for another day.

Set up under a large tree beside the building, was a Star Weaving Workshop. Weaving artist, Maryann Talia Pau ran the free workshop as part of her project 1 Million Stars to End Violence. You could sit and weave a star on the day to either take home, gift to a friend or leave behind for their December constellation. They also had weaving kits available to purchase and take home to have your own ‘crafternoon’.

After making our way through the first two studios, we had worked up quite a hunger, and so it was out into the sunshine to browse the food on offer. Gluten free brownies, The Bagel Boys, delicious paella, and Brendan Langfield (contestant from Australia’s Masterchef) had his food van ‘Riverland Market’ serving up American style food. The variety of cuisine on offer was impressive – Sharnie opted for a salmon bagel, while I tried out some Hungarian Lagos and we both washed it all down with Pimms cups from the Bar of Happiness.

We enjoyed our food to the soundtrack of the live music set up on the lawn, before having one last browse and heading off for our afternoon adventure in Teneriffe (that post to come soon).

The Finders Keepers Markets run over three weekends in June/July in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane then again for Spring/Summer later in the year. For all dates and more details head to the Finders Keepers website!
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