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Published May 18th 2016
Meet The Rocks Market Stallholders and Hear Their Stories
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Follow the laneways and your passions


What makes a weekend market great and worth going? For me, it's all about the passionate people selling their designs and their dreams behind the journey.

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Let's take a wander, Alice!


The Rocks Markets is made up of a passionate bunch of stallholders. Some have been at the markets since it opened, whilst some are newcomers to the market scene. It is these committed passionate talent people that make up the Rocks Markets community and it was my pleasure to hear their stories and dreams.

The Olive Tree Soapworks

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Natural, handmade artisan soaps


Soapworks established more than 20 years ago and it specialises in handmade premium olive oil based soaps and skin treatments. I was stopped in my tracks when I saw these beautiful artisan soaps! I was informed these secret handmade soap recipes have been developed and perfected to include virgin olive oil, unrefined West African shea butter, rice bran oil and Fijian coconut oil along with extra nutrients such as goat's milk and pure essential plant oils. I got a sweet pea fragrant soap and I absolutely adored it.

By Pure Pleasure

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Meet these warm genuine vendors


While browsing through the stalls inside the Big Tent at the Rocks Markets, it's hard not to be attracted to the warm-hearted husband and wife team of By Pure Pleasure.

By Pure Pleasure manufactures natural soy wax aromatherapy candles, fabulous tension-release massage oil and rejuvenate skin treatments products using Dead Sea salts infused with essential and base oils. I tried the Rejuvenate body treatment and it was such a treat for my hard working and busy hands. The texture and smell were gorgeous and my hands instantly looked younger and supple.

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De-stress therapy


Their aromatherapy candles deserves a special mention. There are 3 aromas available: Aphrodite and Drift Away and Vitality. I was warned to use the Aphrodite candle sparingly as the sensual aroma melts the coldest heart. If you want to escape from the everyday stress, the gentle, dreamy lavender scent Drift Away is a good choice. My favourite is definitely the the happy uplifting Vitality scented candle.

I was asked to touch the warm melted wax and I hesitated. As it turned out, I could use the lukewarm liquid wax as a luxurious natural massage oil to increase the aromatherapy benefits! See, I am learning something new everyday!

Poetry Fine Foods

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Just yum!


The lovely Kim Sutherland offers deliciously crisp toffee, laced with roasted almonds, topped with the finest Belgium chocolate and dusted with almond fines. I am not sure about you, but that definitely got my attention.

AHW Studio

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A contemporary and artistic perspective on vintage industrial jewellery


If you are looking for something eccentric and unique, chances are you will stop at the AHW Studio stall. This is where talented watchmaker, Angus Zhao, gives vintage watch movements, old novelties and industrial fragments a second chance of life. Angus strongly believes in recycling, reinterpreting and recreating pre-loved objects into beautiful, wearable jewellery. Every piece shows a unique combination of old elegance and modern detail.

MJ Ryan Leather

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Meet the craft-maker and his unique leather art


Love the Smell of new leather? The aim of MJ Ryan Leather is to keep the old tradition of leathercraft alive. Each leather art piece is beautifully designed and a limited edition. I got a beautiful leather passport holder with a bird flying over a tropical rainforest. What a fitting travel theme! The smell and feel of leather just brings me a lot of joy and this is a versatile piece of accessory that will last.

Jularoo



Even on a cloudy day, it feels like the sun is shining at Jularoo Stall. Not only because the owners love to spread their sunny smiles at the markets, but also because their products are bright, snappy and fun.

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Funky Button Accessories and Rollable Chalkboard Mats


Jularoo Designs is an Australian store specialising in cool hair accessories, identification tags and creative children's rollable chalkboard mats. The reusable chalkboard rolls are a best-seller and they are perfect to use in the car, on the plane or at the cafe to keep the kids entertained and quiet.

Erlenmeyer Art

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"Sometimes it's better to be kind than to be right"


Meet Stephanie Gray, a Sydney based illustrator and artist from the Erlenmeyer Art stall. Steph has one of the most memorable art stalls at the Rocks Markets, selling a collection of whimsical watercolour and ink artwork.

Steph is quite shy and she doesn't say much, but she smiles a lot. Her artworks, on the other hand express Steph's passions loud and clear. The highly detailed and precise compositions transported me into various nostalgic, uplifting and sentimental scenes. Steph is very generous in sharing her favourite vogue-themed playing card decks and her motto is to enjoy creating things that can make people happy or enable them to express themselves. She is just a lovely person to meet at anytime.

Mini Monet Cupcakes

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It's sweet tooth time!


We were excited at the sight of these 12 delicious flavoured Mini Monet Cupcakes after a light stroll around the market. Anytime is a good time for some adorable cupcakes!

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Mini cupcakes!


Mini Monet Cupcakes are inspired by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, and his haystacks series from 1890. Cupcake patisserie chef, Sheryl Fong created a small batch of pointed cupcakes in 2010 and it was from that moment that the Mini Monet Cupcake was born.

Matteo Berna Art

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Matto's motto: Try and always live the present and not worry too much about the future.


Take a look at Matteo Bernasconi's art when you are next at the Rocks Markets and you'll see freelance creativity in a whole new way. This is spontaneous visual art at its best.

Matteo was born in Italy and had a talent and a love for visual arts from a young age. He creates his art with a variety of mediums, such as watercolour, oil, ink, charcoal, print and digital media.

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Aspire! Bring out the fighter in you


Matteo's artworks capture movement, personalities and colour beautifully. He said his art is predominately influenced by the culture and environment around him and inspired by the people he met during the travels. You can find many of Matteo's works in a number of local galleries and cafes.

Market Fresh Chestnuts

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A lovely heartwarming greeting!


With winter just around the corner, why not beat the winter blues with a warm pack of freshly roasted Australian chestnuts right here at The Rocks Markets!

Valeria D'Annibale

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So perfect yet beautifully imperfect when aging and changing


I was also inspired by Valeria D'Annibale's 3D printed jewellery. They are definitely unique and one-off creations.

Enchanting Angels

We all need a little love and a warm hug every now and then. These 3 gorgeous signature Angel Teddy Bears can just give you that warmth and power:

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I will give you a hug and I am always here for you


• My Guardian Bear is adorned with an Amethyst Crystal
• Angel of Love Bear is adorned with a Rose Quartz Crystal
• Angel of Healing is adorned with a Green Aventurine stone

This is a must visit stall if you want an abundance of positivity and energy.

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It's Tea Time


We decided to end our wander with a nice cup of tea at Tea Cozy and try some lovely traditional scones. With the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and nestled within the historic Rocks area, this is seriously a perfect place for an enjoyable weekend browsing.

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Just a great day here at the Rocks Markets


If you haven't been to the charming historical Rocks Markets for a while, wander back. Have a chat with the passionate people selling things. You'll be genuinely surprised at their stories and determination.

The Rocks Market is on every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. See you there!
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Why? The must visit market in Sydney
When: 10am - 5pm
Phone: (02) 9240 8717
Where: George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Cost: Free
Your Comment
How do the chalkboard rolls work?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4155) 1509 days ago
Sounds like you had a lot of fun GMV, and probably made the stallholders' day a lot more interesting too.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4155) 1509 days ago
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