Whether it’s the change in seasons or the fact we’ve hit the mid-year mark, there’s no time like the present to “Marie Kondo” your arts and crafts supply or simply discover a new hobby. Not sure where or how to start? Time to check out the Perth Hills best kept craft secret, the Fabric and Craft De-stash Markets.
Held every three months, this is the ultimate and only swap-meet market of its kind in the gorgeous Hills area. If you haven’t yet, mark your calendars as the next one will be on Saturday October 19 th from 9.30am – 2.30pm at the Connection Centre in Mundaring. It’s a fantastic opportunity to clear out your cupboards of unwanted fabric, buttons, lace, beads, ribbon, stamps, paper, wool, knitting needles, sewing machines, patterns and everything in- between. It’s also a great place to meet likeminded people and learn about long lost creative skills such as scrapbooking in an idyllic tree-cloaked setting.
The markets were founded in May 2016 by Fleur Adams, a proud Hills girl born and bred. Fleur was inspired by her desire to participate more in her local community, and share both her passion and house full of fabric and craft supplies with others. Open to all ages, Fleur loves to see how the markets bring together newbies and veterans alike to share in the delights of sewing and crafting. If you haven’t been before, you can expect to find an assortment of items from vintage fabrics to modern, leather hides to zips, lace and notions, to scrapbook papers and rollers, handmade beads to crystals, new and old sewing machines, knitting machines and curtain fabric and canvases. Not only are there countless options, they are reasonably priced too, so you’re bound to find a bargain amongst the 50 odd vendors.
The popular saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is extremely relevant at the Hills Fabric and Craft De-Stash. For Fleur, part of the magic is seeing people bring unwanted goods from deceased relatives to be re-homed and re-loved by others. It not only helps people declutter in a meaningful way but provides them some extra cash too. A prime example was when a man showed up with a trailer chock full of fabric, patterns, sewing machines (not one, but eight) and over 50 years of sewing works. He simply had no clue on prices, but the other vendors stepped up to help him. As a result, he not only went home with a lighter trailer but some money and first-hand experience of the support of the local arts and crafts community.
Curious to check out the Hills Fabric and Craft De-Stash markets for yourself? Entry is just $2 for buyers and $50 for sellers. When you pop down, don’t forget to let us know by tagging @perthhappenings!
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