Until it is safe to venture out in larger crowds again, some of Queensland’s most popular artisan markets are bringing the handmade, local goods directly to you. Here are five markets that have curated online marketplaces featuring dozens of local brands, so you can combine your love of online shopping and supporting local, all from the comfort of your own home.
Sunshine Coast Collective Markets This splendid Sunny Coast market is known for their platform for local artisans, foodies, growers, and musicians to come together and showcase their craft. Sunshine Coast Collective Markets are all about encouraging their stall holders to continually grow their brands in a supportive community. This market is usually held at Coolum Primary School on every fourth Sunday of the month, and at Alexandra Headland Skate Park, every second Saturday of the month, but for now you can shop over sixty local stalls at their online marketplace, which is open 24/7.
The Market Folk The Market Folk feature a carefully curated line up of creative businesses, and are known for their popular pre-loved clothing rack sale. This market is made up of a great community of sellers and is filled with people who love supporting local handmade shops. It’s the place to go to find handmade clothing, ceramics, art, accessories, plants, natural skincare and more. The Market Folk is usually held at Gasworks Plaza, and Coorparoo Square every month, but for the time being they have curated a 24/7 online market featuring beautiful local products with some great discounts.
The Village Markets The Village Markets is best known for their highly curated lineup of vendors and their great sense of community. They usually trade on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School and at Stones Corner seasonally. Until physical markets are back up and running, they are hosting an Insta Market every month, so you don’t have to miss out on buying from your favourite local shops. Their Insta Market runs for three days, from Friday until Sunday, and you can shop from over seventy small businesses. The Next Insta Market dates are 15-17 May and 13-15 July. https://www.thevillagemarkets.co/
Finders Keepers Finders Keepers is Australia’s leading design market, and hosts two seasons of events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane every year, supporting and promoting over 1200 independent makers and sellers. This festival-style market combines art, food, live music, and a great community of both makers and buyers. Finders Keepers is usually held at the Brisbane Showgrounds in winter and summer, but for now they have opened an amazing online marketplace, filled with popular stalls from around Australia, which you can shop 24/7.
Suitcase Rummage Suitcase Rummage is a small scale market which has grown very popular in the past few years. At this market you’ll find vintage clothing and items, second-hand clothing, books, jewellery, shoes, records, bric-a-brac, and handmade cards, paper, clothing, and accessories. Suitcase Rummage usually runs on every first and third Sunday of the month at Kind George Square, and they sometimes host pop-up events in various locations around Queensland. At the moment they are hosting a Suitcase Rummage sale on their Instagram once a month, where they post items on their stories for viewers to browse and buy. Buying an item is as easy as replying to the story, saying “sold”.
Renata is a colour-loving, op-shop-going, beach-frolicking writer and designer. She's passionate about supporting local businesses and highlighting local and hand-made brands. She also loves reading YA, napping in the winter sun, and re-watching Gilmore Girls one too many times... find her on Instagram @totesweird