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There really is something wonderful about a Saturday market: the fresh air, the human authenticity of home grown and handmade wares, the sense of community and belonging. Ipswich has been lucky enough to have one of the best Saturday markets The Handmade Expo Market for over six years now.
In a world of mass produced, carbon copy, and sometimes exploitative items on our shop shelves, it's always refreshing to visit a market showcasing local, talented craftspeople, artists, designers, farmers and home cooks.
Create Bespoke Jewellery to Perfectly Suit You; Image Courtesy of DesignA Locket
When you're craving something genuine, you want a special something for that special someone, or you want beautiful produce and homemade food, grab the family and head to The Handmade Expo Market. On the third Saturday of every month, the Ipswich Turf Club is overrun by around 70 market stalls bursting with the quirky, unusual and one of a kind objects. It's so fun and relaxing to wander around the stalls full of jewellery, clothing, toys, body products, plants, food and more.
Some Beautiful Wooden Toys; Image Courtesy of Chris' Toys
You'll find wonderful wooden toys at Chris' Toys stall, gorgeous sewn goodies from Fancy Pants, Housewife Couture and A Stitch of Hope, and good luck resisting the alluring scent of cooking popcorn from Dadz Farm. The creatively inclined can make their own personalised jewellery at DesignA Locket and Summer of Sundays will have their superbly sewn bags on show.
Mother and daughter team, Miriam Bain and Liesa Gifford of Laidley, started the market to encourage people to support the regional economy and shop locally and it has been a huge success.
Kids and those who love a bit of nostalgia will enjoy The Qld Pioneer Steam railway train rides that are run every month in conjunction with the market. The market is free to enter, it has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs, making it a perfect day out for everyone.