The Finders Keepers Markets have become a staple in Melbourne for those who are into design, creativity and supporting local artists. Treat yourself to a stroll around the market – it has over 200 stalls featuring fashion, ceramics, jewellery and food – while drinking wine or sipping specialty coffee.
Returning home to Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building for three days for the second time this year, you'll be able to nab some marvellous treats that are difficult to find anywhere else. The 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.
This time around, keep an eye out for Nzuri and their organic body butter, body balms and cleansers, Kingston Jewellery for colourful accessories, Vege Threads for ethical clothes (there's a new yoga range), and Coral & Herb or Mr Fancy Plants for beautiful handcrafted homewares. As usual, there will be live music, a cafe, a bar and thousands of other people celebrating independent art and design. Food-wise, you've got three different brands of specialty coffee to try (including Seven Seeds), as well as delicious pastries from Ned's Pies and schnitzels from Von Crumb (we recommend).
Finders Keepers will run over three days, from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16. It will be open from 6 - 10pm on the Friday, 10am - 6pm on the Saturday, and 10am - 5pm on the Sunday. For more information and a full list of designers, visit their website.