Fairy nice, we were going to say, but gnome say we didn’t warn you—bring cash only or be disappointed.
The last time we were on the prowl for CRAFT MARKETS in Brisbane, we went to check out the tiny Pastel Palace Crafters Market in the hipster ‘burbs of Paddington.
Where is it?
285a Given Terrace, Paddington
Pastel Palace Crafters Market
last held on 27 Feb 2016 (usually every 2 months)
When’s the next market?
Frankly we don’t know yet! Courtney, the colourful lady in the store seems to think it’s every two months but do *follow its Facebook page for updates.
What’s the Pastel Palace Crafters Market like?
Pretty much a cosy gathering of a few indie makers glowing pink under fuchsia marquees putting out their crafty wares (made with heart and soul) at what looks like an eclectic yard sale at the back of a picket fenced cottage targeted at arty types.
What goes on at this market?
It’s unpretentious, honest and handmade. Although tiny! Though small in comparison to most markets, it exudes that artsy vibe of Paddington; you should think of it like it’s a small part of a Paddington walking tour of vintage, indie bric-a-brac and assorted eclectic finds in jewellery, homewares or fashion.
Why is it different?
If you’re after indie—this is it. It’s organised by ambitious Pastel Pixie, a cute and quirky kawaii-fashion boutique that triples duty as a cafe, rag retailer and retro hair salon all-in-one. The market is stretched out on the lawn of Pastel Pixie, like a pixie garage sale. Fairy nice, we were going to say, but gnome say we didn’t warn you—bring cash only or be disappointed.
What are some of the stores you can tell us about in the last markets?
Not sure what’s the obsession with acrylic, resin, and more resin but we love it too. It’s the age of ‘more is more’ and it seems to go with Japanese-inspired school girl fashion trends for adult women. Featured in magazines like Mollie Makes to Frankie and Peppermint, we can’t seem to get enough of pinching more little girls’ styles from their hair clips, cartoon brooches to knee-length socks in Mary Jane shoes. Google ‘Kawaii’ and ‘Decoden’ (‘deco’: decoration and ‘denwa’=‘phone’ in Japanese) to understand the vibe! OK, or we can sum it up for you. Think ‘overly accessorised mobile phones’ of tweens and high school kids. That has evolved into a whole phenomenon of ‘decoden’ trends for grown-ups too, from fashion nail art to purses, jewellery boxes, jeans and other fashion paraphernalia.
Fractured Lace – by artist Kat Johnson
Fractured Lace on Facebook
Clever Kat Johnson specialises in bespoke accessories and ladies’ bohemian collections of acrylic brooches shaped like ice-cream cones, biscuits and semi-colons. Yes, you heard us, full-stop.
Girly Bits – handmade by Karen Rich
Karen crafts kawaii accessories made of painted wood or colourful lolly-looking resin; think childrens’ books like Dr Seuss ‘Cat In The Hat’, ‘Thing 1 Thing 2’ brooches, and those of Sesame St and Disney characters, amongst others.
Jellybean Fairy Dust – by Jemma Urquhart
Jellybean Fairy Dust on Facebook
For quirky jewellery made of resin etc to feed kawaii and decoden obsessions, talented Jemma has it all.
For other Craft Markets & Events In Brisbane this March to April:
Stitches & Craft Show
March 17 – 20, 2016
Brisbane Convention &
Exhibition Centre, South Bank Thursday to Sunday
10am – 4:30pm
The annual Stitches & Craft Show is back this March to showcase beautiful creations of quilt artists as well as an exhibition spotlighting textile arts. You can expect lots of fabric craft inspiration at play including smocking, weaving, spinning, patchwork and quilting. Theres’ a daily fashion show to inspire the designer in you, vintage fashion inspiration and free daily demos. Get your crafter’s retail fix from a mishmash of fabric, haberdashery, sewing tools and equipment suppliers as well as paper craft retailers all in one space.
Twilight Makers Market
19 March 2016, Saturday
4PM – 8PM
Raby Bay Harbour Park
Shore Street West, Brisbane
Fancy a lovely evening out by the bay complete with retail therapy, nature and dinner? The Twilight Makers Market sound like it has the works. Expect over 55 handmade and creative stalls, alongside mouth-watering gourmet foods and yummy treats while you soak in and jive to some live music sounds from the Sheldon College Soul Band. Save the babysitting for another time as kids are safe to take along this time for heaps of activities and fun including plaster painting and a petting zoo while you zip through and score yourself a couple of handmade knick knacks while nibbling your way through the gourmet food pop-ups.
Young Designers Market
3 April 2016, Sun
Little Stanley Street, Southbank
We can always be grateful to get our hands on some pretty rocking designer goods, often at a fraction of the price before they are made famous (such as Sass and Bide who started in the markets somewhere). Since its launch in 2007, the Young Designers Market has been a forum to showcase Australia’s untapped design talent and has helped launch the careers of promising local designers. Meet young aspiring designer types who get to showcase perhaps one of their graduate projects alongside those of up-and-coming artists and designers. It’d be sweet to pick up something snazzy from the individually designed threads and goods dedicated to promoting only locally designed and made.
The Mummy Tree Markets
9 April 2016, Sat
Kedron-Wavell Services Club
375 Hamilton Rd. Chermside, QLD
15 Apr 2016, Fri
The Mummy Tree Markets
Lytton Road, Morningside
The Mummy Tree Markets are adamant they feature 100% handmade, unique ‘non-mass-produced’ boutique quality locally designed products that travel to its 3 regular locations of Morningside, Chermside and Sanctuary Cove. They probably mean they love you if you’re a shopper who frowns at or won’t be caught buying ‘a dime a dozen’ baby and kids fashion merchandise available from chain stores. Follow their Facebook page for latest updates on the various venues, dates and times.
Brisbane Twilight Markets
3 June 2016, Fri
King George Square, Brisbane City
4PM – 9PM
Support your local indie-maker-entrepreneurs under the twinkling stars and city skylights by the cooler nights of June. Watch Brissie’s creative community express themselves through their various soulful and artistic forms to warm your hearts in winter by the Brisbane Twilight Markets. If you have a thing for late night shopping in the true sense of the word—you’ll find the romantic atmosphere even more rad. With more than 80 pop-up stalls, you’re sure to find this market a treasure trove with a rare find that represents your style and vibe.
The Butter Factory Markets
12 March 2016, Sat
The Butter Factory
Milky Way Kingston
If you’re after not just the markets but crafty classes to attend, why not pop down to the Butter Factory markets at Kingston this weekend! Up your floristry skills such as wreath making, bouquet building, posy arranging and even flower crown making! via Tickets available via its website Meet local artisans of locally handmade jewellery, paper crafts and other trades plus foodies can look forward to a host of gourmet food trucks, FREE live music as you dine, an on-site kids playground with a museum visit thrown in the mix!
The Collective Markets, Southbank
Friday – 5pm – 9pm
Saturday – 10am – 9pm
Sunday – 9am – 4pm
Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank (Brisbane)
The best part of The Collective Markets that remain the stalwart of market culture at the Southbank is its location: surrounded by its popular restaurants, cafes and waterholes overlooking the Brisbane river, the markets roll off each weekend starting on Friday nights from 5PM as you bask in live music and kick off your weekend with a drink or dinner with mates and a stroll around the market stalls after. Be back again for brekky the next morning if you missed picking out a treasure or two as an all-day trade starting from 10AM till late continues on Sat and again from 9AM till 4PM on Sun. Pop-up stalls offer an assortment of treasures in locally produced art, art prints, photography, artisan jewellery and accessories, many locally designed textiles and fashion items, kids’ clothing and toys, handmade candles, essential oils, crystals and stylish homewares.
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