The 1st Saturday of every month is a great excuse to head to the Northcote Social Club, grab a drink, a good pub meal and check out the Northern Regards Artisan Market. It might seem odd that an art market take residence in an iconic pub. It is, but there is a certain charm and easy-going approach that makes it a super quirky community initiative.
Supporting the Thornbury Women's Neighbourhood House, this uber funky market is part of the hustle and cool bustle of North-side's High Street. A street filled with cafes, bars, book shops and eclectic shopping.
The markets run from 11am - 4pm. I made my way down around midday and the pub had already had a few punters. It was around 30C and as you enter the front of the pub, you'll need to head around to the back to the open verandah style area. With the sun beaming in and the cool air of the fans, it's a lovely atmosphere to browse around, support local artists and enjoy a cool beverage.
Upon entering, I was greeted by Crittenden Wines with a range of these beautiful Mornington Peninsula wines to sample. Unfortunately for me, it was my first day of Febfast. Mental note to self to come back in one month's time and try it.
Kate Campbell designs is slowly turning the jewellery world on its head. Fashioning everyday things and framing them in silver, this delicate process showcases Kate's design and craft. This theme of up-cycling, recycling and sustainability runs strong in all of the artists. With the Sustainable Living Festival around the corner, it's a great time to support and be a part of this community.
This Way Upcycled is a charming provider of upcycled furniture made from reclaimed or salvaged materials, timber cut-offs, fabrics and fixtures, even salvaged paint! The end results are stunning original pieces of furniture that are completely individual and sustainable.
I was really struck by the gorgeous wares at Dee Appleton's craft stand for 'I Love this'. Filled with vintage button rings, handmade children's clothing and old school memorabilia – it was super colourful and quaint. The name of the Facebook page is quite cute too: www.facebook.com/ilovethishopeUdo2. Dee is delightful and produces really sweet children's products and clothing.
Mi Amor Candles is pretty spectacular. The visual merchandising of the stand alone drew me in. These natural soy candles are homemade in Melbourne and the aroma is divine. Enhanced with essential oils, the packaging is gorgeous. Staying true to the up-cycling principle, you'll find candles made from retro tin containers, stunning glass jars, cups and even soaps and creams to boot. Be sure to drop by and say hello. No doubt the fragrance will entice you.
For the Love of Vintage and Small Spines are both smaller handmade businesses, one focusing on jewellery and hair products, the other on stationery, with a strong emphasis on creating and new, reusable items from recycled products.
Northern Regards Artisan Market is a market with a difference, that's for sure. With an incredibly beautiful focus on up-cycling and a positive community of artisans, it really is a celebration of old becoming new again. And the second great thing, you can enjoy a beer at the Northcote Social Club at the same time!