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Makers Market Thornbury

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by Lady Tennyson (subscribe)
I'm a mum, teacher and published writer who loves travel, vintage, art and history.
It's hard these days to find a really good market that showcases hand made products of exceptional quality, but the Makers Market Thornbury does just that. It brings together some really fantastic objects of desire created by very talented Australians.

So if you're looking for something unique to adorn a lovely space in your home or for a gift that's just a little bit different, then make your way down to the market on Saturday 4th May.

Personally, I love the candles made by Susan in her Naturally Scented Bath, Body and Home range. Susan got into candle making after attending a class with her cousin. She said "Testing fragrances and giving candles away to friends and family led me to finally selling them. I did this because I feel everyone should have fragrance luxury and should be able to afford them." All her candles are hand poured and she uses quality soy wax and fragrances.

Candles by Naturally Scented

Naturally Scented

You're bound to find makers that rethink the way we do things and who try to find sustainable methods that make a difference.

Earths Tribe does just that. "Our goal is to eliminate the use of single use plastics and chemicals in our home and help others do the same by providing homemade and ethically sourced environmentally friendly products" Earths Tribe

I love their kitchen products like their plant-based Dish Brush and their Eco Baby Gift Box.

Earths Tribe plant based Dish Brush

Earths Tribe Eco Baby Gift Box

Coco Mint Vegan Lip Balm by Earths Tribe

Melissa Lim, from Her Handwork, is quite inspirational. She began her social enterprise out of a "desire to establish a safe house for vulnerable women and children. A place where they can sleep, wake and learn in safety."

Melissa began her fundraising and awareness initiatives by sourcing Fairtrade products, which often took quite a long time to arrive. That's when she decided to make her own jewellery instead. She says "I was initially very hesitant as I have never made jewellery before", but we are thankful she did as her pieces are just beautiful and so is her philosophy.

Purple Cluster Tassels by Her Handwork

"Each jewellery item I make is much more than just a mere jewellery item. They represent someone's access to basic human dignity; education, food, shelter, clean drinking water and proper sanitation." Melissa from Her Handwork

Dream catcher earrings by Her Handwork

Melissa partners with overseas-based NGOs to raise much-needed funds for the underprivileged. She raises funds for New Life Community Sri Lanka and for Mercy International's HIV Centre for Children in Thailand. All profits will go towards empowering women and children with proper education in Thailand, maintaining their current shelter in Thailand, giving them basic human dignity such as access to clothes, food, shelter and transforming remote villages in Sri Lanka by giving them access to clean drinking water taps and proper sanitation.

If you want to find out more about Melissa's fundraising, you can also visit her website at

Emma from FLObyEmma creates the most gorgeous floral pieces. I'm a big fan of Australian native flowers, so for me, her floral bouquets are irresistible. I mean, seriously, could there be anything more divine than a vibrant Waratah or a Sugarbush Protea? Of course, Emma sources her native flowers from local growers and creates depending on what's in and what's the freshest, but that's part of the fun, not knowing what you'll find on the day.

She says, "Caring for nature has always been big for me...but to also find ways in reusing and upcycling, to have the least waste possible." Emma offers a choice of small, medium and large bunches with a mix of natives and more delicate flowers.

"The goal is to bring happiness to those who stroll by my market stall who can enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer and bring a little piece home"
Emma from FLObyEmma

So there's really no excuse to not go to this market! So many gorgeous things to appreciate!

They also have artwork, pottery, toys, plants, greeting cards, homewares and accessories. Oh, and of course delicious food and coffee!

Entry is by gold coin donation, which supports the Bridge's community programs. For stallholder enquiries, email

The market runs on the following dates, from 10am to 2pm:
Saturday 4th May
Saturday 12th October
Saturday 7th December

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Why? Unique things to appreciate and buy
When: 4th May, 12th Oct, 7th Dec
Where: 99 Leinster Grove, Thornbury 3071
Cost: Gold coin donation
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