A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published March 24th 2014
Jewels (plus Clothes, Candles and Collars) of the West
The Maribyrnong Makers' Market is a friendly gathering of artists and craftspeople who offer a range of locally made 'cottage industry' products. At this Market, you won't see mass produced anything. Instead you will see a lot of individual pieces that are made with love and care, which makes it appealing to me.
A potential buyer at the Makers' Market
Established in 2008, the Market is a not for profit community based craft market run by volunteers.The Market aims to provide a forum for artists and craftspeople to promote and sell their hand made products. It allows them to showcase their beautiful and high quality work, and gives visitors the opportunity to discover some hidden 'Jewels of the West'.
Featuring over 45 stalls, the Market takes up the grounds and hall of the church located at the intersection of Gamon and Mackay Streets, Seddon. There is a wide range of goods available, including clothes (lots of children's clothes), jewellery, candles, terrariums and soft furnishings. If your pooch is the apple of your eye, there is also a stall - Lennylu Collars - selling handmade designer dog collars, leads, bowties and bandanas.
Looks like this shopper was happy with what she found!
We spoke to quite a few of the stallholders as we walked around, and everyone was happy to chat about their products and the process of making them.
There was also a sausage sizzle, and a caravan selling coffees and cakes, both of which seemed to be in high demand. There was also a face painting by Mac n Cheese, which was very popular during the time we were there.
Face painting was a hit with the kids
So the big question is, what did we buy? My partner Dave bought some chicken liver patè from Helen's Kitchen Favourites. Helen also offers a range of biscuits, muesli and conserves and chutneys, some of which were available for tasting.
Part of the market is located inside the church hall
I couldn't resist a pair of earrings made from genuine Japanese kimono fabric by Lauren Williams of MadeIt; a snap at $15. Lauren had many beautiful pieces of jewellery that incorporated kimono fabric, including rings and pendants.
My kimono fabric earrings
Located at the intersection of Gamon and Mackay Streets, Seddon, the market runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Unfortunately if you missed the March market, you'll have to wait until after winter for the next one, with future markets scheduled for:
- Saturday 13th September
- Saturday 22nd November, and
- Thursday 18th December (evening market, running from 4.30 - 8.30pm - perfect for those difficult to buy Christmas gifts).