One of the east coast’s leading design markets is holding its inaugural Adelaide event this month. It’s going to be huge.
Billed as “more of a festival than a market”, Finders Keepers combines design, art, food and live music. Think fashion, ceramics, hand-poured candles and terrariums.
Designers Brooke Johnston and Sarah Thornton founded the event in Sydney in 2008 to offer a platform for independent and emerging makers. “It’s important to us to support designers new to the industry,” Johnston says. “It’s in those early stages when support is needed the most.”
They know from experience. “We started really small, and got our friends and family to help a lot,” Thornton says. “We worked many years with no wage, and didn't quit our day jobs for the first five years.”
All stallholders are Australian independent makers and go through a stringent application process to make the cut. This heavily curated aesthetic means the market features a lot of new and undiscovered talent. “In our experience, emerging designers have the freshest and most interesting products,” Johnston says. The pair foots 50-percent of the cost for every debut stall.
The Adelaide market features more than 200 art and design stalls, including local labels Naomi Murrell, Claire Ishino, Hey Relfect’o, BB Shoemaker and Julie White.
Murrell brings her new range of organic cotton knitwear and winter 2016 collection Motel. Ishino will sell her sweet Japanese-inspired prints and greeting cards.
Shoppers can stay hydrated and alert with a range of food and beverage stalls, food trucks and a bar.
The Finders Keepers Market, August 12 (6pm–10pm), and 13 to 14 (10 am–5pm), Adelaide Showground, Jubilee Pavilion, Goodwood Road, Wayville, $2 entry for adults, children under 12 free.