Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Update October 25th 2013
Magnolia Square Market is closed and is no longer trading.
Update October 24th 2013
Hi there - I have just been advised that the Sister's Market will no longer be operating, so please note there will be NO Christmas market, as recorded here. Thanks, J.
Update August 9th 2013
Hi Everyone - it seems Magnolia Square market has CANCELLED their August dates (check their website, but NOT their facebook page which still shows the old dates). My apologies to anyone who made a wasted trip to the market. J
Please note the Pre-Spring Market Event (August 8th to 10th) is cancelled.
The Magnolia Square 'Pop Up' Market held just a few times a year at Malvern Town Hall is not to be missed for those with a keen eye for great design. Started in 2005 by a working-from-home mumtreprenuer, the 'Mag Square' phenomenon consistently draws in the crowds for its fine quality and decidedly different and happily hip market offering.
Gorgeous goods from Magnolia Square Market - Malvern Town hall
The aim of the Magnolia Square is to create the feel of a modern market square - and there is no question they have achieved this. Market stalls include beautiful designers of food, body, children's, textile, food, clothing, jewellery, accessories, paper and craft, art and design. Many of the designers are creative women who started their businesses from home. One of my favourite is the bright jewellery of Harper & Hudson, designed by a dietician mum who noticed that teething babies often like to chew on their mum's jewellery - so she has designed a range that is safe, non-toxic and gorgeous for both mother and child!
Markets run just three times a year, but last for 3 days, and there's always something to inspire you to pop in for an early peek: the Mother's Day Market this year is offering a free glass of champagne to the first 150 customers on the opening night (Thursday 2nd May from 5pm), and you can sign up for their email newsletter and go in the running to win two $500 shopping vouchers.
I was disappointed to travel to Malvern for the Magnolia Square Market last night (Thursday8/8) to find that it was not on! Unfortunately I did not check the website first and the ore spring August dates are not mentioned.
It appears to have been cancelled so do not make the trip this weekend or you will be frustrated and disappointed like I was.
HI EVERYONE - URGENT UPDATE: It seems the August market has been cancelled, though it's still listed on the market's facebook page, but is no longer on their website. Humble apologies to anyone who went there to attend and was disappointed. J.