Keen to get a jump on your Christmas shopping without leaving your conscience at the kerb? The Eco Loco Markets being held at Brighton on Friday 21 November (4pm to 9pm) might just be the best place to grab goodies for your friends and family.
Held every two months, the Eco Loco Markets' point of difference is that its focus is on promoting organic, free-range, cruelty-free and locally produced and healthy produce; sustainable and ethical clothing; and free trade, recycled and locally made products and services.
According to coordinator Rosanne Loft the market stalls assemble in front of a quaint little row of shops (stretching from 2 to 14 Queens Parade) which include a retro cafe, a sustainably-produced clothing store, Secret Wellbeing (a massage and skin care business) and Hair It Is (a hairdresser), an organic butcher, a catering business which features fresh local produce and a dog groomer who employs and trains many disadvantaged locals.
One of the shopping centre's carparks will be used for food vans and entertainment, 'so after a busy afternoon shopping, market goers can sit back and relax with freshly-made food and be entertained by a local musician,' Loft says.
Out of the box. Image courtesy Meekz Contemporary Jewellery.
The 21 November market, the last one to be held before Christmas, will see the return of popular stallholder Meekz Contemporary Jewellery, a Queensland label founded by Jemica Ostrofski. Meekz Contemporary Jewellery features a contemporary range of costume and fashion jewellery made from recycled materials such as sterling silver, gold, aluminium, perspex, plastic and fabric.