If you're starting to feel like a new season hasn't truly started until Finders Keepers has come to town, you're not alone. The ever-expanding art and design market has been bringing us face-to-face with some of the country's most quirky and creative designers for over a decade now — and it's set to do it all over again when it returns this October.
The autumn/winter event saw the festival extend its trading hours, a move which will be repeated this time round, giving you maximum opportunity to explore the extensive program of vendors, food and entertainment.
The focus remains, as ever, on helping you discover and connect with the next wave of independent and emerging artisans. Expect to find debut collections from the likes of liar liar. lingerie, Caye Life's sustainable water bottles and travel mugs and spadewood, which creates handmade timber wall hangings.
The Finders Keepers Artist Program, an initiative that was introduced earlier this year to support emerging artists, will highlight the spring/summer recipient Leah Bartholomew's bright, abstract designs across all market collateral for the season.
Many of the market's seasoned vendors will also return — so, if you've been kicking yourself since last round that you didn't pick up a bon lux candle or one of Daisy Cooper Ceramic's vases, you're in luck.
As usual, there'll be live music and other entertainment scattered across the weekend to keep the good vibes going. And you're covered when the inevitable shopping-induced hunger strikes, with everything from Taiwanese street food to burgers on offer.
Tickets are $5, available at the door and valid for the entire weekend. So, if you can't stop thinking about that one thing you didn't buy, you can make a return visit. Start creating your shopping list now and head to the Finders Keepers directory to see the full scope of vendors.
Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Melbourne will run from October 19–21 at 12pm–9pm on Friday, 10am–7pm on Saturday and 10am–5pm on Sunday.
Images: Samee Lapham.