You don't need to go far to find creativity in Melbourne. Each suburb is brimming with street art, independent boutiques and quirky food vendors. But the smaller guys — those with side hustles, passion projects and small businesses in their garage — are a little harder to find.
That's where The Melbourne Collective comes in. The design market brings all of these local creatives together to showcase products — and this year, it's partnering with the Queen Vic Market for a special Christmas edition.
The market's festive outing will take place across three weekends: November 17–18, December 1–2 and December 8–9. Running from 8am–3pm on Saturdays and 9am–4pm on Sundays, the market will offer everything from home decor and ceramics to stationery and fashion. There'll also be food and prosecco on tap for your inevitable realisation that you've been shopping for a whole day without sustenance.
Entry is free so you can save your dollars for gifts for all your mates.