to market, to market…

We have 3 awesome markets coming up this weekend : ) so fear not if you were worried you might be missing out on some seriously awesome retail therapy!

First up on Saturday is the lovely Treasury Market which sells a hand picked selection of gorgeous handmade goods. This is my regular monthly market and if you don’t know it, its on on the first saturday of every month at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. Its completely covered from the rain and there is such a fantastic selection of different designers every time you have no reason not to visit again and again!  Plus its part of the Stellenbosch Slowmarket which has the best fresh food options in the area, whether its to eat in or take home, you will not leave hungry or empty handed.

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Then for the first time the V&A Market on the Wharf is having an Accessories Fair with handmade products by local designers. Its on upstairs above the food market opposite the aquarium, and will be on all weekend from 9:30am to 6pm. There are already plenty of awesome food options there and its completely covered too, so there is absolutely no reason not to pop in say hi : )

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And for all my Joburg friends, Room Online will be bringing Handmade by Me and lots of other lovely local designer goods to Collective, the monthly design pop up shop in Kramerville. Its on on Sunday from 10am to 4pm and I’ve heard its one of the best markets to go to in Joburg!

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HAPPY SHOPPING : )

House and Leisure Night Market

I just want to give all my Joburg peeps a heads up that all kinds of delicious and delightful Handmade by Me products will be available to buy at the first House and Leisure Night Market in Kramerville this Thursday! Our super awesome stockist Room Online will be selling a lovely selection of our products, including our new tote bags and purses, along with a huge array of other gorgeous designer goods.

“When it comes to optimising your night market shopping experience, House and Leisure has specially selected some of South Africa’s foremost designers, makers and artisans to showcase and sell their creations. From fashion to homeware, you’ll be able to find gorgeous offerings from top-quality vendors.”

Please do one of these in Cape Town House and Leisure!!

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In anticipation of the event this is what House and Leisure had to say about Room Online:

“When it comes to craft and design, too often the fruits of the independent designer’s creativity remain hidden away in tiny studios and backrooms, where few can appreciate or acquire these precious gems. This is especially true in South Africa, where independent designers typically don’t have the budget or resources to market their goods on a large scale.

Room Online hopes to change all that. We’re the first of our kind: an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase South Africa’s wealth of local design and decor talent. As the founders, we’re passionate about all things South African. Because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. We’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally-inspired, locally-designed and locally-produced.”

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Looking to do some Christmas shopping over the weekend?

Well its all kicking off with 2 very festive Christmas markets in Stellenbosch this weekend where you can find all kinds of glorious Christmas festivities going on. Along with lots of delicious food to buy and fabulous gift ideas, these markets are going to get you in the mood for Christmas. Friday night the 30th November brings the Stellenbosch Slowmarket Christmas Night Market and then Saturday day the 1st December brings the Treasury Market Slow and Handmade Christmas Market, and if you are in Joburg this weekend make sure you don’t miss out on Room Online‘s stall at Collective.

“The Christmas Night Market on friday evening the 30th November at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket is the highlight of our yearly events calendar. This vintage styled authentic market has all the Christmas trimmings and we go all out in ensuring we select the finest suppliers of traditional Christmas goodies. Gingerbread houses, Christmas fruit cakes, mince pies, organic nuts, gammon rolls, German bratwurst, champagne, fynbos topiaries, décor and festive season ideas. Relaxed vintage Christmas music, coupled with a live music theatre production in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is most popular on the hot summer nights. Our designer goods market known as the Treasury Market will be joining us. Christmas gifts galore to fill up those stockings with handmade goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.”

“The Treasury Market is a platform for the Cape’s top emerging and established designer-makers to show off their goods and engage with their consumers in a beautiful winelands setting. Each market is uniquely curated and could include a handpicked selection of home decor items, jewellery, locally made designer fashion, accessories, vintage goods, upcycled furniture, kids stuff, ceramics, handmade shoes, paper art, contemporary crafts, and textile design.”

So hopefully I will see you all there. Please pop in and say hi if you are in the area. If you are in Joburg this weekend, my lovely stockist Room Online will be selling all kinds of awesome goodies at Collective, so if you missed out on the FoodWineDesign Fair do not fret you can still get your hands on some lovely Handmade By Me items this weekend.

Collective is a collaboration between designers and collectors converging under one roof to offer an alternative, monthly, pop-up shop. Collective includes beautiful local and international clothing designers, jewellers, ceramicists, fabric makers, furniture designers, vintage clothes collectors and home ware specialists. This is a fantastic, first-of-its-kind event. A shopper’s paradise. Come and sip on champagne, crack open a craft beer and blissfully source all your Christmas stocking fillers and treats for Summer under twinkling lights with the vista of Joburg at your feet.”

And if you can’t make it to any of the markets, here’s a small appeal thats being passed around encouraging you to buy handmade products this Christmas! I couldn’t have worded it better so have a look below and hopefully spread the word : )

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…and thats where you can find your desired handmade by me products over the next week. Kicking off the markets, and a first for handmade by me products, there is the Sanlam FoodWineDesign Fair at the Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop. Its on all weekend and I am absolutely kicking myself for not being there!! It looks awesome!! Next year for sure! All handmade by me products can be found at the Room Online stall so keep a look out.

“The FoodWineDesign Fair was launched in 2010 by Artlogic and Sanlam Investment Management. The first of its kind in South Africa, this boutique outdoor market features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. Top SA chefs also educate and inspire with on-site demonstrations.”

Say no more right?

Then sadly this will be the last weekend that you will see handmade by me at the Bay Harbour Market…for this year anyways. So if you’re in the area and have your eye on something now is your chance to go and get it. Its on friday evening, and all day saturday and sunday so you have plenty of time!

Monday brings The Woodlands Eatery Pop-Up Market which now has set dates for every second monday leading up to christmas. There are going to be some new exciting sellers there so it is definitely worth popping in, even if you have been before. As I always say Larry’s pizzas are worth it alone! Please note that this market is indoors so if the southeaster is blowing a gale force the market will still be happening.

And then tuesday brings the famous Tjing Tjing Exchange and I am super honoured to be selling amongst such great names and to be a part of such a great event. This is always a fun night out and there is always a great selection of sellers (as you can see by the flyer) so if you are going to pick one market event to come to, make it this one. Every month brings new and different sellers so get it while its hot : )

Room Online bring Handmade by Me to Joburg at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest

Yes thats right all you Handmade By Me fans living in Joburg, now you can get your hands on a whole array of lovely Handmade By Me goodies including my new aprons. Room Online the beautiful Joburg local online craft and design shop are going to be stocking Handmade By Me, and to kick things off they are going to be setting up a stall at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend in Emmarentia. The festival is set to be awesome and there is going to be an amazing amount of really lovely things to drink…and buy! I am so sad I will be missing out as I am working the stall at the Bay Harbour Market this weekend, but I would really recommend you go and check it out for yourselves. See more details on the festival below.

And so Handmade By Me is now available at Room Online. “an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase south africa’s wealth of local design and décor talent. as the founders, we’re passionate about all things south african. because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. we’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally inspired, locally designed and locally produced.”

Don’t miss out on Room Online‘s beautiful display of products at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend.

“The JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST is back! And with more to offer! The festival has grown in 6 long dry months from 14 to 21 Breweries. We have learnt from the first one and will be introducing more beer, more taps, bigger stands, more seating, more shade, more water, more food and parking facilities on a secured field. Its no wonder we are looking to make this the best one yet.

Still all 100% locally brewed craft beer, cider & spirits. With music to fill the empty spaces and seating to make the beers slide down on a hot sunny day what better thing to do than come and spend the day with us. We will be open form 10am on Saturday the 13th of Oct and will be coming back year after year with more crafted magic!

Come enjoy the best of South African craft beer in the heart of Jozi. Come down to the second installment of the  JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST!”