When the dates for this Sydney market happened to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend, the team behind Finder’s Keepers decided on a Sunday special. For the first time, the biannual showcase of independent Australian designers and artists will run for three days instead of two, with the event culminating in a series of Mother’s Day workshops.

Brooke Johnston and Sarah Thorton are the creative duo behind the now tri-state institution, The Finder’s Keepers market. Young mums themselves, they wanted to give shoppers more time and offer mothers more than the traditional pair of fluffy slippers.

“It’s the experience of taking your mother out shopping and finding a special gift and having a drink or a cup of tea,” says Thorton.

In its seven-year history The Finder’s Keepers has grown dramatically. This year the event will host more than 200 stalls of the best and emerging in local and handmade design, a far cry from its 20-stall launch back in 2007. Now housed at Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh’s Exhibition Hall, the carefully curated line-up has expanded to include live music, a beauty category and an impressive artisan food lane hosting the likes of Bar Pho, Allpress and Veggie Patch Van.

Sarah attributes this growth to a heightened consumer awareness and emphasis on aesthetics for all industries. “The food and beauty industry have adopted a product aesthetic that goes hand in hand with design; ethically produced, locally sourced natural items in beautiful packaging.”

Among the many Mother’s Day drawcards will be organic chocolate assortments by Pana Chocolate, La Petite Tarte’s handmade macaroons stamped with xo, indulgent body-care packs, stall vouchers and free Polaroid snaps to be had with your mum. There will also be art and craft workshops and photo-booth dress ups. All the essential spoils to let her know she’s a keeper.

The Finders Keepers Market runs from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10 at The Australian Technology Park.

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