Having held its last market for 2019 on the 21st of December, the Treasures & Tastes @ Trinity Market is now closed for business till 21 March 2020. Located at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 177 Union Rd, Surrey Hills (corner Union Rd & Montrose St), market dates for 2020 for this boutique indoor makers, bakers and growers market with BBQ and cafe are as follows. Be sure to put them in your diary so you can experience this hidden gem of a market that has more variety than you might have imagined.
I've written about one of the stallholders at the market a couple of times, but have never really been to the Treasures & Tastes Market where she has a stall. I met Pat in 2015 and was immediately impressed by her quiet achievers. I call it that because the reusable bags that Pat makes are more amazing than they let on to be. Still selling it at the same price, it's the best money you'll ever spend for these hardworkers.
They literally carry 4-5kgs of shopping with ease if you're able to carry that much weight, and pack into a small bundle to carry around. They also make very handy gifts and I've handed them out as stocking fillers over many Christmases. Pat has been fighting the war against plastic before the big push to do so, with her incredible bags. Being flexible, they mould to the shape of your shopping, making it easy to fit things into every nook and cranny, making full use of its capacity.
Close to Christmas, I attended the last market to say hello to Pat, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a small church market, but instead found a sizeable market filled with many interesting stalls and quality handmade goods. A huge array of plants available for purchase greets you as you come up from the street. There are a few stalls outdoors, with the rest of the market stalls indoors, making it an all-weather market. There's a huge tea room called Treasures Café where you can get your coffee, tea, home-made cakes, Devonshire teas and more served up by wonderful people who give of their time freely to man the stall.
The majority of stallholders here make everything they sell themselves (aside from items like Japanese fabrics as pictured) and the longevity of the market that has just celebrated 10 years is testament to the quality of goodies you can find here. The gentleman Jun visits Japan regularly where he sources beautiful fabrics to sell at the market. He also creates bags, totes, bow-ties and place settings from these stunning fabrics.
Speaking of fabrics, Bespoke Quillos make handmade quilts which fold into a pillow/cushion. They also do gorgeous hand-knitted bears and more and will make made to order quilts as well.
There are so many impressive shops to love at this market, you'll be spoilt for choice. Copperfoiled Glass by Julia Grant (email@example.com) was glittering at its colourful best while Australian wildlife artist, author and speaker Amanda Tuohy Art's beautiful paintings called out to you to slow down and admire her art.
I could have written a whole article about Pamela and her stall Mushrooms in Bloom. You'll find felted and fabric collapsible fabric thread catchers, pincushions, needle holders and more at this stall, and it seems she brings the best to the market.
Delishness is another delightful stall to visit if you're after some scrumptious cakes, cookies and slices. Vanessa is known for her prowess in the baking department and has something like 29 winning ribbons from the Royal Melbourne Show's Art Craft & Cookery Competition. I definitely stocked up and wished I had got more.
Nothing feels like buying handmade directly from the maker. The love and quality that goes into each painstaking step to create the item is evident. Especially at this market where there were so many wonderful items from household goods to jewellery, art, craft, and a whole lot more. As a first time newbie to the market, I'm looking forward to March to go again and really spend more time than I had this time, at each stall.
You definitely won't be short of sustenance here. Aside from the food stalls downstairs and the Treasures Cafe, there was another counter opening up into a galley kitchen with lunchtime food available to eat there or take home. On offer on the day was homemade butter chicken with cumin rice and the vegetarian option, vegetable lentil dhal with cumin rice.
After all that shopping and browsing, you might want to get yourself some Kookaburra Heat Packs made with beautifully patterned fabrics adding to its versatility. You can wear it as a scarf or fastened with a clip, across both or one of your shoulders, around your waist or hips with a belt as it now comes with belt loops, along an arm or leg, or even to wrap your feet in when you get into bed.
Get those dates in your diary, check out the market and experience it for yourself. Stallholders change from time to time, so you never know what you'll find next.