The quarterly Perth Upmarket was scheduled to run this weekend at The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. But, in light of the Australian Government’s ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people, the in-person event had to be cancelled.
“While we had to make the difficult but right decision to cancel the market – the first time we’ve done so in our 12 years of operation – we also knew that our retailers, like many other small businesses around Australia currently, will be set back without support from the wider community,” market director Justine Barsley said in a press release.
After some quick thinking, the organisers decided create a 48-hour virtual marketplace. From 9am on Saturday March 21 to 9pm on Sunday March 22 (AWST) you’ll be able to buy handcrafted goods from up to 180 local small businesses, artists and producers.
The online store will be stocked with everything from homewares, candles and ceramics to leather goods and locally made clothing.
“We are calling all Western Australians to dig deep, support our local businesses and communities by ... visiting our virtual marketplace this weekend,” Barsley said.
From 9am on Saturday to 9pm on Sunday in Perth, or 12pm on Saturday to 12am on Sunday in Melbourne and Sydney.