The adorable Finders Keepers Markets have been home to Melbourne's most creative and quirky designers for ten years now. Keeping with tradition, the independent hip-fest returns to its home at Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building for 2017, this time kicking off earlier than before on Friday at 5pm, so you have more time to shop and explore. The autumn/winter edition of the market will take place over three days this July — just in time for the snuggly season.
The biannual, designer-centric, come-one-come-all mini-festival has managed to bridge the gap between local market and exclusive exhibition, creating a space for independent designers to engage with the wider community. You'll be able to nab some marvellous treats difficult to find anywhere else. From bespoke, handmade leather goods by the likes of Truso to unique stationery by new comers Darling Paper Co., Blackbrail Atelier's wearable art and all manner of cute and kooky knick-knacks — like the Merchants of Nonsense 'impractical goods for the modern aesthete' — every stall will be a unique shopping experience that combines innovative design with grassroots feel-goodery. And even if you're a Finders Keepers regular, you're sure to discover something new.
As usual, there will be live music, a cafe and heaps of other Melburnians celebrating independent art and design. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Finders Keepers are aware this cornucopia of new design can be a little large to navigate. So, they've got their own app with interactive maps to help you find out more info about stallholders, a personal itinerary tool and notifications to keep you looped in to what's happening on the day. You can download the app from the App Store or on Google Play.
Finders Keepers A/W 17 market hours:
Friday, July 14: 5–10pm
Saturday, July 15 : 10am–6pm
Sunday, July 16: 10am–5pm
Entry is $2 for adults, and free for kids under 12.