The Finders Keepers Markets. Sydney.
Opening Night. Friday 1 June.
The bi-annual pop-up markets were back in Sydney this weekend after a long hiatus. Once again they occupied the vast warehouse interiors of the Carriageworks complex, bringing warmth to grey shades of concrete and steel which usually dominate this space. The chatter and light from the event filled the surrounding streets bringing life into an otherwise dark back street of Sydney’s forgotten inner west, on a cool winter night.
The market-tees showcased a vast array of the original, the kitsch and the handmade. There was a strong focus from many designers towards principals of sustainability; recycled and organic products were common themes. As with similar events there was a strong inclination towards graphic design wares more than any other design specialities, there was a strong value from the consumer towards original hand drawn designs. Stationary and tea towels were making a come back, re-vamped with popping colours, geometric floral designs and monsters. Laser cutting, particularly in jewellery, is still a popular technique. Alongside the shopping there was live music as well as a range of refreshments including a bar and burgers on offer.
While there never is an ‘average’ consumer when it comes to events like these, there are some generalisations I will make. The demographic tended to be between 20-40 years old, women, most of which were there with their partner or in a group of 3-4 friends. The stands which offered object or graphic design based on home wares or jewellery products with a diverse range; 3-4 different products types, tended to be the more popular. The stands which offered clothing products tended to not be as busy, this could be due to the inconvenience of fitting while at a market.
Overall the event remains a stand out on Sydney’s cultural calendar as a key opportunity for emerging designers to sell their wares direct to the consumer as well as make important wholesaling contacts, as the events tend to attract store owners scouting for new talent.
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