One of the best things about working in the city (apart from my 12th floor sweeping views across Canberra) was that my office was located right across the walkway from the Handmade Canberra Shop on City Walk. I'd often pop down and browse at all the goodies, sometimes purchasing a special gift for a friend or indulging in a handmade gift for myself.
The award-winning store features all manner of items from more than 170 of Australia's top designers and producers; and offers them the opportunity to showcase their business as well as their products without the cost and burden of having to set up a shopfront. Now isn't this a REALLY good thing!?
Further to the City Walk store, there is a Handmade Market held four times a year at the National Convention Centre in Reid. The next market will be on the weekend of 4-5 October 2014 and will see 158 designers display their Australian made goods. The award winning market coincides with Canberra’s Floriade event, held throughout September and October at Commonwealth Park.
Julie Nichols, Founder of The Handmade Market says, ‘Being in such close proximity a visit to both Floriade and the Market makes for a perfect weekend in Canberra.’ ‘Floriade is just a quick stroll across the bridge to the National Convention Centre.' The Market is free, though visitors are encouraged to support local charities Bosom Buddies and Dragon’s Abreast with a gold coin on entry if possible.
To be honest, I've never made it to the Handmade Market, but that is going to change as of October! See you there!
What: The Handmade Market, Canberra
When: 10am-4pm on 4-5 October 2014
Where: National Convention Centre, Constitution Avenue, Reid, Canberra
Cost: Entry is free
ATMs: There are ATM facilities at the front door of the National Convention Centre
Parking: All day parking for $3.00 under the National Convention Centre
Paid parking across the road until 12pm on Saturday and free all day Sunday
More: Visit the Hadmade Canberra web site or pop into the store at 20 Allara Street in Canberra City
Note: images appear with the kind courtesy of Julie Nichols, The Handmade Market.
Tell me dear readers, have you visited either The Handmade Store or The Handmade Market in Canberra? Is there a similar business supporting local designers and producers in your part of the world?
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