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Not all good craft markets are limited to Melbourne
One might think that all the good craft and designer markets held in Victoria, are to be found in Melbourne.

But that is not always the case, as seen with The Design Exchange Market, now in its 3rd year, located in the Victorian regional town of Ballarat.

The Design Exchange Ballarat
The Design Exchange Ballarat

The Design Exchange Market is held in The Mining Exchange, one of Ballarat's notable historic buildings dating back to the 1870's, a venue that sets the scene for art, design and culture as soon as you step foot inside.

This is a design and craft market not to be missed, bringing together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over Australia, where you will find unique children's clothes, jewellery, ceramics, beautiful clothing, homewares and unique gifts for your loved ones. With over 60 designers selling their wares you are bound to find something. An example of designers include Bobbins n Bliss, Wendy Voon and Body Parts who will set you up with woollies to keep you cosy this winter.

The Design Exchange Ballarat
The Design Exchange Ballarat

After a leisurely browse soaking up the atmosphere in this remarkable building, you'll no doubt be ready to take a seat and relax in the Design Exchange "lounge room". Be tempted by delicious food, a cup of coffee, and entertainment by beautiful singers, such as Melody Moon and Imogen Brough (The Voice) preforming throughout the day.

The Design Exchange Ballarat
The Design Exchange Ballarat

A quote from The Design Exchange's founder "When creating the market I stuck by the philosophy of having an event with city style but a country feel. Nurturing that idea my guidelines were that I wanted a beautiful space, I wanted to create an environment where people felt comfortable and relaxed, I wanted to showcase talented local musicians, provide great wholesome food and incredible designers."

The Design Exchange Ballarat
The Design Exchange Ballarat

Entry into the market is by gold coin donation collected at the door, with 100% of the takings going to charity. Last year it raised over $8000.00 for "Support 4 Cancer".

Ballarat is only an hour from Melbourne by train, and The Design Exchange Market is most certainly the perfect opportunity to visit.

The Design Exchange Ballarat
The Design Exchange Ballarat

The next Design Exchange Market will be held on Sunday June 2nd, from 10am to 4pm.

To keep up to date with the latest exciting market news, you can join The Design Exchange on facebook.
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Why? Regional Designer Market
When: Sunday 2nd June, 10am - 4pm
Where: The Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street, Ballarat
Cost: Gold coin donation entry
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