This weekend just past, I had the delightful chance to experience a new market event as somewhat of a guest of honour.
Err. Well, no, not really. Hehe. More of a serial pest than a guest of honour.
But Nuffnang and Piccadilly Market had come together to allow 10 bloggers (including yours truly) to check out what is a new-to-the-area artisan market now being held in Williamstown. Being a local yokel, I said yes to the invitation (twice, I was so chuffed) and scampered across to Williamstown to see what it was all about. And I was so glad I braved the bright but chilly weather. The morning included a lovely, yummy breakfast and then a fun scavenger hunt which took us all around the market to look at all the pretty things!
Check out the video to get an idea of what it’s like:
A lovely lady by the name of Janina Lear has been running the market out of Deakin Uni in Geelong for the past four years and this was the first time the market had been held in Melbourne – and I’d have to say it was a crazy success from what I could tell.
There was around 60 stall-holders for this market, all beautifully arranged in the ballroom and function room of the Williamstown Town Hall. There is a clear focus on quality and original hand-made artisan clothes, jewellery, toys, decor and homeware, food and more. If trash ‘n treasure markets aren’t really your cup of tea, this little gem might be just the ticket.
As I said in the beginning, we were supposed to be doing a scavenger hunt, but to be honest, I got so completely distracted with all the pretty things that I forgot to go in search of what was on the list (even though I stumbled across a few by accident). And sadly, my reluctance to enter the modern age and get a smartphone so I can play with Instagram truly bit me in the bum this day – there were prizes up for grabs for the best Instagram picture of the morning and I couldn’t complete! WAH!
To top the morning off, the folks at the market had very kindly contributed to the biggest goodie bags I think I have ever seen for us all. Everything from fudge by The Fudgeman, pompom garlands from Dear Mabel, gorgeous steampunk necklaces from Run Wild Horses, bags from Saquito, lip balms from Bellalu, earrings from Gabby, soy candles from Love & Light and so much more.
Thank you, Janina and Nuffnang for arranging our gathering. Even though I am a small-fry, non-professional blogger, I had a fantastic time and can’t wait to get down to Geelong to see the Piccadilly there too.
Piccadilly Market is on again in Geelong on August 3rd and in Williamstown on November 9th!
Here’s a MASSIVE photobomb of some of my favourite bits from the market.
Williamstown Town Hall is a beautiful building and I confess in the 17 years that I have lived in the area, I’ve never gone inside!
Quiche, yoghurt, fruit and chocolate. That’s my kinda breakfast!
Things that make you go “Mmmmm…”
Too much colourful fun. Loved the Seagals stand.
Actually, I fell in love with EVERYTHING at My Fairy World.
The clothes from Copenhagen Delights almost made me want to have kids to wear them. I’ll have to borrow my friends’ children, I think.
Fabulous doggy treats from Pooches on Pakington.
Dear Mabel had a gorgeous array of handmade decorations.
Yummy soaps from Tubtime Treats.
Little Puddles was definitely one of my favourite stalls – so colourful and sweet!
Everyone needs Bellalu lip balm in their lives. We scored a jar of the watermelon one in our goodie bags and… well, I died.
Beautiful pendants from gabby.
I get super-excited when I see anything assemblage like the jewellery from Run Wild Horses.