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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
To market, to market, to catch a fat bargain
Market sign
You've found the right place.

It's on again, the very popular indoor market at Lilydale Marketplace. Organised by the Local Market Co., event specialists operated by mother and daughter team, Karen & Kelly

Mother & daughter
Karen & Kelly, mother & daughter

Every one of the fifteen plus stalls were all selling quality unique products, with many of the merchandise and products produced by the stallholders, direct from the factory, so to speak.I spoke to many of the stallholders who were all very friendly, passionate and knowledgeable about their products.

John and Sandra's stall was Sanj Bear Designs, specialising in hand made soft toys and heat packs. Most of the soft toys were very quirky and cute. They can even make custom made toys.

A bear for all occasions.

Uncle Mungo's chilli products were a hot item on Tom's stall. He reported brisk business, so some must like it hot.

Chilli products
Tom aka Uncle Mungo.

Something very different was Robyn's Aloha Gifts which featured large colourful scrabble tiles. Scrabble made easy for the sight-impaired and children would have fun making up words with the large tiles, even if they weren't actually playing scrabble.

Scrabble tiles
Tiles of fun here.

Melanie was selling her beauty and skin care products, all made in small batches from natural ingredients. She trades as Flowerdale Valley, the name of which conjures up beauty.

Beauty products
These products are beauties.

Amanda and Sandra are face painters and call themselves Sparkle and Twirl. Hard to tell them apart as they both sparkle having practised what they preach with their own faces painted. It was not only children that were noted getting a sparkle and a twirl.

Painted face.
Is this Sparkle or Twirl?

If you don't need a mirror to see their handiwork, just hold out your hands.

Painted hands
Their handy work.

Hand woven, re-cycled plastic, eco-friendly and washable was the description of many colourful carry bags on sale. Very handy for shopping these days and would make a thoughtful gift for someone.

You can bag a bargain here.

A stall for vegans was offering gluten-free, dairy-free, preservative-free and no added sugar products. The peanut brittle, rocky road and salted choc caramel berry was enough to make a non-vegan's mouth water.

Scrunchies and head bands was another specialized stall offering scrunchies and head bands in a huge varieties of colours. They can even be made to order.

Very colourful.

The Fetch Me Treat Co. was offering natural homemade chemical and preservative-free doggie food. Dogs are banned from the marketplace, but a few must have placed orders with their owners.

Doggie food.
Healthy treats for your dog.

Oma's Aprons specialises making aprons for little hands.

Honey, I shrunk the aprons.

All the photos with this article were taken at the July market, so there is no guarantee they will all be at the next one.

Markets like this one are not just about the products being sold, but also about the people who make and sell them.
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Where: Indoor Market Lilydale Marketplace, Hutchison Street, Lilydale. Melways Map: 38. E. 5.
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by Neil Follett on 07/07/2019
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