Another chilly, wintry Melbourne day but down at Commonwealth Reserve in Williamstown. The grey weather only serves to highlight the serene backdrop of boats in the bay as they sit peacefully before the cityscape.
It's the 3rd Sunday of the month and I'm perusing the original and handcrafted fare on offer at the Williamstown Craft Market. Entry is free and prices are amazingly real. The children snuffle cheese burgers while I sneak in some vanilla fudge and a coffee to ward off the cold and then we get stuck in to some making some Sunday purchases.
There is something so pleasing about chatting to a seller who has carefully crafted their wares late into the night and then proudly displays them on market day. They try not to be too keen or overbearing but obviously want you to notice the reasonable prices for the heartfelt hard work that has been stitched into each corduroy pinny, stirred into each block of fudge and twirled through each paper scroll of gorgeous jewellery which now sits on show. And this is exactly what buyers should notice.
It's a labour of love. The quality of the goods and the time taken to not only produce but to package, market and then sell their products, cannot be underestimated, particularly when the prices are so very reasonable. The Williamstown Craft Market is a charming affair by the waters' edge, sure to leave you laden down with beautiful gifts and a little something or two, for you.
I loved this article! These days, when almost everything we see is mass-produced, it's so wonderful to go to craft markets like this, where everything really is a 'labour of love'. The pictures are really beautiful...wish I could go there and grab some of those goodies, but Perth is a bit far away : )