The Finders Keepers is an Australian art and design market by creatives, made for lovers of unique handmade treasures and beautiful things. I love supporting small businesses and independent artists, makers and designers, and so I have always wanted to attend this event, this year I made it happen.
This years event is held over 3 days, holding their first Friday night market. On Saturday, 11 November 2017 with my beautiful friend I visited the Brisbane market at the Brisbane Showgrounds. With a two dollar entry and lots of parking, it was such a relaxing Saturday morning heading into the city for a cheeky browse of these vibrant markets. There was also a line up of foodie trucks and stalls on the way in if you fancied a bite to eat throughout your stroll, and a coffee of course.
The crowd on the day was beyond amazing to see, my heart melted for the creatives standing behind their stalls, smiling and so, so proud of their creations. Not to mention they were all so friendly and were bursting to talk about what they were selling and the story behind it. I absolutely love seeing people get behind businesses that just ooze heart and soul. The Finders Keepers is not only a great place to meet the faces behind the product, but also the perfect event to get some Christmas shopping done, or if you are anything like me, treat yo' self, because darling you deserve it.
With so much to look at and choose from (over 200 stalls!), I narrowed what I really loved down to three small pieces, but I did meet the faces behind some of my favourite brands of which I wore on the day because I'm a total fan girl like that (I'm looking at you beautiful souls behind Once was Lost), and picked up loads of business cards from some of the brands that really caught my eye. I will be holding onto these and checking them out again in the future. I will share them below so you can find them too.
Want to know what I found and kept at The Finders Keepers? Read on..
'paper boat press'
My first purchase..
This little handmade ceramic ornament by paper boat press was too special to leave behind. I love Christmas and for obvious reasons I LOVE 'SPARKLE', so this was a must take home treasure for me. This piece will definitely be featured throughout my blog and Instagram photos over the Christmas season this year.
You can find paper boat press at..
My second purchase..
I'm not going to lie, this was a deliberate purchase as I had been looking for a super cute accessory to put on my black Prene Bag, and as soon as I saw this I fell in love. This piece I fell in love with even more when I learnt from the maker that she used up all of her scrap material from her other pieces to make them, oh and it was the last one so there really was no hesitation. I have now added it to my Prene Bag and I am absolutely smitten, it pops on the black.
Shoutout to the beautiful soul behind INKLING too for chatting with me and then allowing me to be a total blogger and take photos closely of your stall. I'm still a newbie to the blogging world, so I'm so thankful and grateful for your kindness when I asked if it was okay.
You can find INKLING at..
My third purchase..
I fell in love with these beautiful accessories when I first walked past the stall. We did an entire walk around of the event and then I went back and purchased the pieces I was still thinking about, and this was definitely one of them. Chic, sparkly and these colours will go with so much. I love putting on a statement piece along with my everyday jewellery, especially one of a kind. That's the beauty in handmade, you are wearing something unique and I love that.
You can find CIRKUS CHARM at..
On entry they also gave you your own keepsake ticket (super cute!) and a booklet holding all of the details of the event, including a list and a map with the layout of the stalls. You can't get more organised than that. There is also a free 'The Finders Keepers' app, which I used to figure out the stalls I wanted to go to before the day. You can also favourite and mark the ones you have seen on there as well, super handy and of course if you want to go paperless.
If you would like to keep up to date and visit the next The Finders Keepers market you can find them at..
P.S. If you are in Sydney the last market for 2017 is on from the 8th to the 10th of December at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve.
This was The Finders Keepers 10th Anniversary event, and if this is anything to go by I am literally bursting to attend 2018 already. I can't wait to find and keep some more sparkly treasures.
All my love,