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Apparently years ago, a farmer by the name of Mr Dobson was bringing in his produce by horse and cart, but keeled over from a heart attack along the way. But his old horse had learnt the route so thoroughly, that he just kept plodding along. When he finally arrived at M Shed, the other vendors unloaded Dobson's cart, sold all his produce and then sent the money home to his widow.
Now instead of string beans, there is a string of gaily painted shipping containers transformed into artists' workshops and stalls. A National Trust classification prevents the Market from building permanent structures, so the shipping containers are a clever way of opening up this otherwise neglected part of the Market.
All the artists here have a real sense of purpose in bringing the innovative and the handmade to those who stop by their quirky stalls. There are certainly some unique products.
The lovely Edith at Timeless Treasures Cottage Crafts designs vintage style artwork inspired by her childhood and her love of reading the classics including Austen, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. "Handmade" she says "is the essence of coming from the heart."
She shows us books she has made where she keeps special cards sent to her.
Intone Photography belongs to Tony Pierrakos, who has been capturing iconic images of Melbourne since 1991, after graduating from RMIT. His speciality are photographs of Melbourne's laneways, buildings, cafés, and cultural precincts.
Clockeyed is a great word which which according to the Urban Dictionary means: "a state of being that occurs during an extremely boring lecture. It happens when you keep staring at the clock for so long that your eyes appear as clocks."
It is also the name of Anthony Whyte's business, which is a range of clocks made from various recycled materials including old vinyl records, kitchen wares, posters and vintage Hi-Fi equipment.
I Love Recycle takes the adage "your trash is our treasure" and stocks products made from leftover materials, such as plastics, tin cans and other unwanted items. These are fused into great handbags, jewellery and homeware.
There is also a couple of new food and drink stops.
Padre, brought to you by the same team behind the Brunswick East Project and League of Honest Coffee. Names which are synonymous with Melbourne's best coffee. The Waffle Club which serve a range of sweet and savoury waffles made from fresh organic flour and free range eggs.
So lots more reasons to roll on down to the market and see something new.