As many sector-based neologisms, such as the acronym DIY in home improvement, the term has expanded into neighbouring fields and now generally represents an autonomous production culture, unlinked to a commercial establishment.
The Finders Keepers markets were born in 2008 in Sydney and aim to give exposure to new and emerging artists and designers from both Australia and New Zealand and now feature bi-annual Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
If you're like me, and you appreciate anything involving the creative genius free from the reins of an establishment, you'll love this cocktail of playful, innovative creations flavoured with the unassuming dignity of artisans.
Also, if you feel that sustainable materials are the stuff of your dreams and look upon vintage with the sighing nostalgia of a fallen aristocracy, you may very well think you've died and gone to heaven here.
In the general spirit of the movement, the Finders Keepers website has a welcoming, personal touch. Besides providing useful tips and resources, it also includes a list of blogs it has a crush on and crafty gift ideas, as well as interviews with featured artists.
Melbourne Autumn/Winter 2013 market flyer (artwork by Meeri Anneli)
In Melbourne, the market is now held at the Royal Exhibition Building. Keep in mind that most stalls only trade in cash and there is no cash machine inside the building, so be sure to line your pockets beforehand.