I went to my first  handmade market a few weeks ago at the AJC at Randwick.

Markets can be kinda scary. A confined space full of women (and their offspring) intent on spending money and pushing in front of you to look at stuff.

But I got into the spirit of talking to stallholders and asking questions and whatnot. And buying the odd bit of handmade wares. And Liz got used to me needing to touch everything on display.

But last night we went to the Finders Keepers markets at Carriageworks and that was a completely different experience.

There were men in attendance. There was live music (often too loud to be able to say to your shopping buddy “hey, that’s nice, shame about it being overpriced”. People were more worried about keeping their glass of merlot upright than getting in the way of everyone else. Or stomping on feet. Or touching boobs.

Hardly anyone apologised when they bumped into me.

I did a lot of apologising.

Have you ever been to Carriageworks? I would have taken pics if I wasn’t spending all my time apologising to people who were bumping in to me.

And the place was PACKED. I’m surprised I didn’t become a claustrophobe. The sweating, drinking and the tightly-packed people reminded me of the days when I used to go to nightclubs.

I probably didn’t spend as much as I normally would have. Apart from the high-end pricing, I barely got a chance to check anything out. We spent more time reaching in between elbows and bodies to get a glimpse at what was on offer. There was so much NICE stuff for sale. Stunning stuff.

I spent some money, but nowhere near as much as I was prepared to spend.

Stuff I bought

Baby Crayon – $13 from Studio Skinky

I bought two boxes of these. Sure, my friends will hate me for giving them to their kids, but I know they’ll get me back one day :)

Chook Doorstop Kit – $35 from Bird Textile

My mother-in-law bought a pre-made doorstop for $75 earlier this year and it’s fabulous. All I need to do is buy some sand from Bunnings (or go visit Coogee) and whip this up on my sewing machine. “All I need” sounds so much simpler than what the reality will be – lots of swearing and pin-stabbing.

Triangle sterling silver ring – $95 from Miss Wee

When saw that there was a stall at the market called Miss Wee, my inner 8yo sniggered. Little did I know that I would fall in love with her jewellery. I’ve been wearing it ever since I handed over the cash.

Stuff I didn’t buy, but plan to

Tortellini cushion – $90 by Studio Skinky

Don’t go assuming I’m up the duff ;) But when there’s another pregnancy amongst the ranks, I’ll be buying this for for the mother-to-be. It’s the type of thing you probably wouldn’t buy for yourself.

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  1. I was just at the quarterly handmade markets, and I HATE the indoor spaces, at least there were some outdoor stalls. Not that I bought anything.

    Posted on 4 December 2010 at 2:31 pm