It's crazy, it's busy, it's expensive: It's Christmas. It comes around every year, and gets more and more crazy, however this year there is the perfect solution: The Handmade Christmas Bazaar – put on by a Flinders Street Market in collaboration with Etsy.com, on the 6 & 7th December in the big blue shed @ 230 Flinders Street in Adelaide.
It's the perfect solution and gorgeous day out, where you can support local, buy; sustainable, unique, affordable and yet delightful items all made with a great amount of love and joy. One of the things I personally like the most when buying hand-made (other than the fact I know I'll be the only person with that unique item) is that you are buying it from someone, who has a story of how they made it, where the idea came from, you can have a chat to them, find out a little more about them if you wish, it turns a run-of the mill store experience into a really good day out and you have a special gift with a story to give on.
Now on top of this, the coffee is great, there are yummy treats galore – especially stop in and try some of the delicious homemade chocolate from the Coco Stop, both the falafels and lunches from the Lunch lady are divine (I usually do a falafel while there and then take home a salad for dinner – that way it's a win-win).
I'll usually have a good look through all the treasures at the bric n'brac & vintage stands, where you'll find some amazing bargains. There is never anything that the Fabulous scavenger doesn't have that I don't feel like buying. Juanita Tortilla's delicately made to perfection bags are also a huge temptation, as are the totes, purses and pillow of Wonderwhatyouwere, the colourful modern crochet from Minnie Crochet is a winner. Stop by and pick up some healing comfrey ointments from Soulsong Avalon who also has a d selection of shabby chic bags and home-wares. Pretty by Pip has the most stunning make up, where you can stop by and get a makeover or even stop and get a massage if all the shopping is wearing you out. And would also suggest a gander at the sunshine van, which has super inspiring collection of gifts by local artists. Just too many choices, there are natural soaps, candles, prints, cards, vintage clothes and a wide array of jewellery. You'll be spoilt for choice, and wonder how you ever managed to buy so much, and spend so little – and you'll be even happier at the even more happy friends and family who are the recipients of your gift.