Last Friday evening some friends and I headed to The Finders Keepers markets, a bi-annual event in Sydney featuring some of Australia’s most crafty people and delightful creations. I went to the last one just before Christmas and was very impressed – this one, in my opinion, was even better, and I think the huge crowd of eager, happy shoppers agreed with me. We made our way around the stalls twice so as to avoid impulsive buying, and I happily came away with a couple of beautiful finds.
I picked up a couple of cards from Rebound Books. They specialise in making notebooks and journals from old hardcovers and recycled paper, one of which I bought for a friend at the last market. I knew from their Twitter that they’d just started making the cards from second hand record covers, and was looking forward to checking them out. What I love about Rebound is they produce a top quality product that also has a good sense of fun about it – all in an environmentally sustainable way.
I don’t know if Klei was at the last market, but I spent quite a while looking at their beautiful jewellery this time round. I came away with a necklace – I’ve been keeping an eye out for a new silver chain, and it fit the bill perfectly. They had lots of different pendants, but the two stones I got have such strong yet delicate patterns that they won me over immediately – I barely glanced at the rest. I couldn’t put it down for fear someone else would pick it up – a sure sign I was meant to take it home.
I also grabbed a couple of bright hair bobbles for myself and a fantastic ‘knitters ain’t quitters’ badge for one of my knitting abled friends. I really want to learn how to knit, but until I do, wearing such a badge would feel dishonest. Maybe by the time the next market rolls around, I’ll be ready.
If you missed the market and can’t wait til the next one then you should check out The Finders Keepers website. It features the majority of sellers at the markets, which is nice and handy. In particular, my attention was also grabbed by the sensational pencil sharpening necklace by Victoria Mason; and the cushions by Feedthedog are just my kind of quirky – I love the sheep!
(P.S. 21.05 – For some brilliant photos of the markets themselves, check out Seriously Delusional)