I attended the last Belgrave South Community Market when they celebrated their 1st birthday on Sunday 5th October 2014. Set in beautiful Belgrave it is filled with some great stalls. Organiser Eva is passionate about making this fledgling market a success and the lovely talented stall-holders definitely deserve the attention. The next Melbourne Cup Weekend Market is on Sunday 2nd November 2014 from 10.30am to 3.30pm and has come just in time for some Christmas shopping. Here is a birds eye view of an enjoyable day I had at the last market.
Hardworking Eve who is passionate about making this one year old market a success.
Billie's card says 'handmade kids items, stitched with love' (email@example.com) I do believe her lovely cushions, quilts and aprons would find a home anywhere. Billie seems to have a good eye for her fabric choices and with superheroes gaining popularity in cinemas and on t.v. I have no doubt her Superman and Captain America et al superhero cushion covers will go down well with young and old. You can also find her on Facebook.
Bessie's Boutique (firstname.lastname@example.org) has some beautiful handmade unique items like bunting flags, santa sacks, kid's tool belts, dance bags, peg aprons, peg bags, plastic bag bags and swimming bags. She is happy to accept custom orders. Her buntings are a celebration of life and her swimming bags are made from durable 'PUL' fabric so they're washable, waterproof, breathable, hypoallergenic and they always keep their shape. You can buy online on her website.
Mountain Pops - Real Fruit Ice Pops (03) 9728 3503
With summer coming up these real fruit, home made, hand made ice pops from Mountain Pops (email@example.com ) with flavours like mango green tea, raspberry lemonade, watermelon mint, mixed melon and cherry berry lime would go down a treat. Using 100% fresh seasonal fruit and herbs and organic cane sugar they are preservative free, concentrate free, gluten free, additive free and are dairy free unless otherwise noted.
The name Balloons and Stuff (firstname.lastname@example.org) seems to suit the above store perfectly as they seemed to have a lot going for them. They also have an Ebay Store as they do a Facebook page. They're the ones to look for if you're wanting helium filled balloons, inflatable toys, flashing novelties, growing eggs, wind up toys, hats and neckties, sunglasses and lots of Shelta umbrellas.
Baba Desi (Des Bergen) the Wizard of Belgrave. A non-conformist, artistic and one of the 1st male models on Australian television
Baba Desi sells nothing but I have seen him at Camberwell Markets and have always admired his sense of style. I just had to stop and chat. Seems like I'm not the only one as there is a lovely video HERE and a write up HERE and a Facebook Page run by fans of this elegant man. He told me he worked for 40 years as a Manager at George's Emporium, did a bit of modelling, is outspoken about his political views and is a healer.
Mike Clark for Monbulk representing the Greens (0413 610 514) and Demigod Antique Prints
Coming in from the outside, theres more inside. I am greeted by a Green's representative (geens.org.au/Monbulk) and Demigod Antique Prints who don't seem to have a dedicated Facebook page (email@example.com) but you can find them at The Malvern Antique Market at 1008 High st, Armadale (03) 9509 6337.
Bernice has her own Facebook Page (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as a website where you can buy exclusive greeting cards, gift wrap, memento boxes for all occasions, jotter pads, stationery, organiser boxes and much more.
Bubidi Boo!'s Justine Camelleri (email@example.com) and her gift shop of handmade treasures filled with bags, gift boxes, children's clothing, accessories, backpacks, bag tags, and much much more. Both these ladies are happy to be involved in your party plan or fund raising events.
Trish from Roselets Designs (0403 514 885 firstname.lastname@example.org) has on offer some lovely fascinators and headbands for all occasions and you can also find her on her website.
Orna of Orna's Chock Rocks (0439 986 762 email@example.com) is a nice little stop for that handmade milk, dark or white chocolate goodies.
Pillowface (0404 227 212 firstname.lastname@example.org) is all about bringing some fun, laughter and style into your bedroom and source their products locally. Apart from the website, they don't seem to have a Facebook page.
Traditional & Contemporary Glass Art's Renita Barwell (0404 081 901 email@example.com) sells giftwear and leadlighting, copper foiling products and also does leadlight repairs. I could not find a FB page or a website.
I have superimposed some of the lovely 3D cards from K's cards so you can see it better and I caught the photographer of ZolenZ Photography on my way out and have superimposed her picture as well
K's Cards Kaye Truscott (0408 122 033 firstname.lastname@example.org) makes some lovely 3D greeting cards that are similar to the art of paper tolling.
Kataalle Design the Blingologist (0403 229 347 email@example.com) carry jewellery handcrafted by Irene Choo.
Simply Citrus (Karyn 0448 866 601 and Claudia 0407 544 152 - simplycitrus@outlookcom) is an all natural citrus based cleaning product that can replace all your cleaning products at home with just one multi purpose cleaner. It's chemical free and you can mix your own cleaning product from a concentrate and save money.
Zolen Z Photography (0455 293 480 and 0425 810 286 - firstname.lastname@example.org) was being manned by 'mum' but I caught the talented very young and budding photographer Zoe on my way out. She also has a Facebook Page.
Little Birdy Finds (email@example.com) makes fun and whimsical jewellery with beautiful papers and most of the earrings and necklaces are hand cast in resin.
Sharyn Holt (0490 029 133) a Your Inspiration at Home consultant and founder of DJ's Market stocks ethnically inspired creations at the markets and at fun 'tasting' parties. It's all natural seasonings, spices, salts and other items (no added gluten, MSG or preservatives) in jars containing culturally unique blends. If you love it, you can even become an independent consultant yourself.
Tranquil Moments - Scentsy (0403 342 025 - firstname.lastname@example.org) is manned by consultant Yolanda Lay who carries over 80 different scents. A safer alternative to candles, warmers melt the wax and releases the fragrance into the air.
Art on Honey's Edit Andrej ( 0498 950 578 - email@example.com) is in a class of her own making all that lovely personalised Hungarian gingerbread intricately decorated. Who has time and patience for that ? Wow! They'd look great hanging off a Christmas tree to be eaten later.
Glenda Newnham of Spikey Rose Design (0414 842 201 firstname.lastname@example.org) is a busy lady with her designs selling on Facebook, Etsy and on the Made It website. Her original jewellery features handcrafted glass, ceramic beads, crystals and semi-precious stones.
On the far right 1st row in the above picture is Chandelles D'amour (candles OF love, made WITH love) (Lynn 0415 164 457 for Melbourne & surrounds and Kath 0408 690 797 for Warnambool & District) who specialise in custom refills and special occasion candles. They're a small all natural soy wax candle and melt company, 100% paraffin free and certified kosher.
Bubba Mia Boutique is for babies and children's clothing, hairclips and accessories, some homemade and some stocked items. You can contact Mel via her FB page or email at email@example.com.
B'Tique Designs Belinda (firstname.lastname@example.org) seems to have an assortment of goods. Check out her FB page for the full variety of goods she carries i.e. children's clothing, cards, frames, glass vases etc.
Em-Vitations as far as I can see have no FB page or website. Emily Patterson (0434 645 269 - email@example.com) carries handmade greeting cards and she runs scrapbooking classes and tutorials and card making classes.
Last but not least, the lovely Joyce Brown and her beautiful turned wood pieces. Very modest she tells me it's a hobby and she does not have a card or website, so everyone, you will just have to catch this lady at the markets. Her hobby started in 2000 and since then shes won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in National competitions and has won around 14 prizes at the Lilydale shows and around 50 prizes at the local woodwork club annual competitions. I'd say thats more than a hobby, its a passion!
Marsha (0425 713 751 firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sophie (0425 713 752) of Designer Showcase have vintage jewellery, handmade, reworked and headpieces. Their designers include Trifari, Coro, Sarah Coventry, Monet, Sphinx and more 1940s to 1980s. You can also check out their website.
The Sharing of Wisdom's Alison Lovett (0418 540 789 email@example.com) is a qualified member of the Australian Counselling Association with a focus on connecting and empowering women. You can call her to join a gathering of likeminded women in her Women's Wellbeing Group to discuss popular topics of interest like aromatherapy, colour therapy, numerology, flower essences, names and their influence on your personality and how you can benefit from the aforementioned.
Donna King (1300 738 486 or 0414 272 762 firstname.lastname@example.org) of The Australian Sweet Co. carries some luscious handcrafted confectionary to make your mouth water. Spawned from a mother and daughter team with a sweet tooth, this is a 100% family owned business with the finest quality ingredients sourced locally where possible. I'll have to try the chilli peanut brittle next time. Sounds dangerous! Check out their FB page as well.
Sacred Charms (0425 326 136 or 0409 275 532 - email@example.com) who also have a FB page was started by two mums with the same passion. They sell hand stamped and gemstone jewellery and charms that combine healing gemstones and spiritual symbols with deep rooting meaning and healing properties.
Last but not least in the above picture David Edtmaier (0432 766 331 firstname.lastname@example.org) came all the way from Albury NSW. Upcycled Wood Designs is all about beautiful hand made decor and furniture crafted from recycled timbers such as oak wine barrels and pallets. They have items in stock as well as do custom orders. Check out their ABOUT PAGE on FB for more information.
Go To Ground's Miranda Mueller's (0407 009 781) passion for what she does is evident when you read her FB page. A first timer at the market she was selling herbs and vegetable seedlings with a promise to be back for this next upcoming market at the same place on Sunday 2 November so watch out for this lady. She also moonlights with Moonrise School of Permaculture (Tamara 0407 457 707 infoMSOP@gmail.com) and runs permaculture workshops for Starting up your Summer Vegie Patch and Edible Forest Gardens. Check their FB page for more info, but their next lot of workshops are on 25 October for Summer Vegie Patch and 22 November for Edible Forest Gardens; workshops costing between $50 and $70.
I was fascinated by Teva Tea's display because it was gorgeous. However, Emily Amir (0431 827 896 email@example.com) does not seem to have a website or FB page up and running so you'll just have to catch him at the next markets to check out his organic teas. With tea names like cold & flu, croaky throat soother, Egyptian liqourice, brain tea, Jamaican sunrise, Mugwort and other familiars like camomile and calandula, bet you can't wait to have a chat to find out more about it.
This Grandma, Mother Daughter Team you see in the above picture have homegrown plants growing in the cutest little mini heavy duty tyres. I've never seen these gorgeous little tyres and they look like an unusual gift to give. They also sell hand knitted merchandise. Unfortunately I don't have a card to remind me of what the business is called but you can call them on 0458 548 880.
Stitch n Carve sell handcrafted baby and kids items including custom wooden toys and embroidery. Check out their FB page for more details or contact Steve and Casey Bahr on 0487 391 018 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christmas Market is already being planned for Sun 7 Dec, so make note in your diary and if you're after a stall there are still quite a few indoor and outdoor stalls available at this stage. Contact Eva on 0417 347 541 and grab a spot.
The coffee on site was supplied by The Mean Bean Coffee Machine which I didn't get a chance to try as I was too busy checking everyone out, but their FB info and about page sounds like they have awesome coffee. I am told by Eva at this next market on the 2nd of November, there will be a few more additions like a stall selling organic free range pork and a Lizard Show. A lizard whaaaaattt????
For food there will be some wood fired pizza as Babaji's Kitchen - Indian Street Food Wallahs (the couple on the far right middle row) are going to be away. Their website does not seem to be up and running yet, but their FB page is. You can contact Billy on 0405 765 388 - email@example.com if you're looking for something a bit different for your function. Melbourne's own Indian street food hawkers, they will bring the enticing flavours and theatre of the 'wallahs' of Mumbai's laneways, Delhi's holes in the wall, Kerala's backwaters and India's rail platforms to your doorstep.
After all that, don't forget, see you at the next Belgrave South Community Market on Sunday 2 November 2014 and mark them down in your diary for the 1st Sunday of every month from 10.30am to 3.30 pm. Follow them on their FB page to keep abreast of the news.