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250 stalls of hot design talent hit the Royal Exhibition Building

Finders Keepers is your next level craft market. The brainchild of mates Brooke Johnston and Sarah Thornton, the pair hatched the plan for the market in response to the nana craft markets kicking around back in 2008. Since the start, they’ve plugged a hole in the market for quality, hand-crafted items (as opposed to crochet covered toilet roll holders) and provided a place for the artisans to hock their wares to folk who appreciate the value of their work.

Initially, Brooke and Sarah dreamed about a market with 25 stalls, some nice wine and a dude playing some mellow guitar in the corner. Seven years down the track, Finders Keepers is bigger than Ben Hur. This year, the market’s a three day extravaganza with over 250 carefully handpicked design and art stalls, a section of the market’s devoted to vintage finds and the food stalls and trucks are back, bringing the best of local produce with them.

Quite literally with a shed load to organise before the market hits town, Sarah takes five to talk about this season’s trends for the clever craft crew.

What's looking hot for the winter/autumn Finders Keepers?

Trend-wise, we’re seeing petite pendants, fine jewellery rings and charms in gold, rose-gold and silver, and stackable rings. Big, bold jewellery in resin, fimo, painted wood and ceramics are also big, featuring fun colour combos, metallics and patterns.

Ceramics are huge this year too – there’s lots of variety in terms of shape, technique and finish. Candles are also massive. Handmade, ethically sourced products continue to be popular – people are more conscious of what they’re consuming, including when they’re looking for beautiful, handcrafted goods.

As for clothes, winter always brings out chunky knits, wool capes, special coats, beanies, scarves and knitted tights. Handmade, bespoke leather shoes are also a big thing this winter.

The other items that continue to shine are all things plant – terrariums, succulent ceramic pots and wooden planters, hanging plant holders and wire plant holders all feature large.

What advice have you got for emerging designers?

Start small, stay true to yourself and your vision. Don’t copy other designers or products, look for something unique and something you’re passionate about. Stay humble and eager – you’ve got to learn and adapt your brand as you go. Read about and learn and absorb from others who have forged their paths ahead of you.

You can check out the rest of our interview with Sarah here.

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Finders Keepers Market details

9 Nicholson St, Carlton 3053

Telephone 9658 9658

Price $2.00

Date 02-04 Oct

Open Fri 6-10pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm

Finders Keepers Market website

Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens map

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