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Handmade with Love – The Perth Makers Market

If you’re a regular market goer, like me, then you’ll know there is just about a market for everyone in Perth at the moment. The rise of the classic market is strong and they are definitely the ideal way to spend your weekends. But how do you choose which ones to go to? How do you know if you’re going to really love the stalls? Well, I’m about to make it really simple for you. Because every now and again I come across a market that’s truly special. One that delivers beyond the standard market. One that makes you want to rave about it to all your friends. That one market, happens to be the Perth Makers Market.

Growing up in a small country town I’ve always understood the value of shopping small and local. Now that I have my own business and am older I value it even more. So much so that I go out of my way to shop small and buy local whenever and where ever I can. It’s not just about supporting other businesses either. It’s the uniqueness. The story. The workmanship. There’s so many reasons why I love to buy handmade, locally made products.

So you can imagine my excitement when I learnt about the Perth Makers Market. A full market, a whopping 170+ stalls of handmade, WA made, gorgeous products. Seriously, I was like a kid in a candy store! So many beautiful products and their artisans standing right there to give you all the info you might need.

When I found myself wandering around these particular markets on a warm Sunday morning, with an iced latte in one hand, I realized it was special straight away. The atmosphere is what gives it a way first. Such a diversity of people, old and young, with prams full of kids, or arms full of shopping. Chatting warmly to one another, enjoying the products, asking questions. All with the tempting smells of fresh brewed coffee and the amazing smells wafting out of the food trucks. The community vibe here is spectacularly welcoming. And all sat against one of the best views of Perth you’ll find.

Oh and the stalls! Now don’t even get me started. So many amazing products, some I had no idea even existed (I mean who would’ve thought to turn forks into jewellery!!!). But it’s not just the variety of products you’ll find here that excites me. It’s the simple rule that the Perth Makers Market runs by, “it’s all handmade and all local to WA”. Whether it’s stunning jarrah chopping boards, divine cupcakes and cookies, hand poured candles, or locally made wine (hello!!!). Every single product is of the highest quality and made right here in our very own backyard.

One thing I wished though, is that I’d actually brought my son along too! (Yes I know, the irony!) But when I saw how much was on offer for the kids, I really wished he was there. I do believe being the northside of 30 makes it a little weird to ask for face painting! I ended up with some stunning glittery henna instead! But I wished I brought my son along, just so he could play with the giant outdoor games, or on the amazing playground situated on the grounds with the onsite pirate!! Next time, I’m definitely bringing the whole family with me.

The other fabulous part of this whole market is that it’s set on the amazing Heathcote Cultural Precinct. A truly wonderful set of buildings, but holding the market there just adds another layer of handmade, artisanal goodness to the mix. You see, during the markets the local artists who often work within the halls of this heritage building throw open their doors and welcome you into their workshops and galleries. You can see firsthand just some of the stunning works they produce and learn even more about the artist themselves. A really remarkable point of difference.

All in all, I could ramble on about the many amazing finds and reasons why you should head along to the next Perth Makers Market. But instead of just taking my word for it, why not head along to their next event yourself. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

The Perth Makers Market is held throughout the year at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross (and occasionally other locations!) from 9.30am – 3.30pm.

Make this your next go to on the calendar and be sure to let us know when you do by tagging us #perthhappenings

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