Another fantastic day at The Village Markets saw a wonderful array of emerging designers, jumble sales and accessories and homewares to boot! Although the wind did play a bit of havoc, stall holders and customers alike were not put off and came out in force. Once again, I went exploring through TVM to discover new [...]
Another fantastic day at The Village Markets saw a wonderful array of emerging designers, jumble sales and accessories and homewares to boot! Although the wind did play a bit of havoc, stall holders and customers alike were not put off and came out in force. Once again, I went exploring through TVM to discover new and exciting items that caught my eye. Although it was hard to narrow down, here are my five favourite finds for the day!
1. lola & maree
Since starting my internship I have continuously visited the lola & maree stall. With beautiful, feminine silhouettes and an eye for detail, Lauren hand-makes all of her amazing garments. Prided on her unique and one-off designs, each piece is made from either vintage or recycled materials.
Available in a range of colours, from cute floral prints to bright block colours and colourful stripes, the new ‘lulu’ dress is a must have! Made from vintage silk chiffon fabric and lace, this lightweight fabric is perfect for the hot summer days ahead. Priced at $45, these one-off creations are an absolute steal. Grab one soon before they run out!
The cute, whimsical designs at Neverland look like they are straight out of a fairytale. Feminine dresses that are right on trend, yet unique as well? Yes please! At the moment I am loving the range of patchwork dresses which feature a collection of patchwork circles on the bodice and a ruffle hem.
Although they come in a variety of colours, this one particularly caught my eye due to the colours and the soft fabric flowing in the breeze. (As you can see the dress didn’t want to stay still for the photo!) All of the designs are hand-made and the circle patchwork is made from a variety of vintage fabrics. Priced at $60, you can have your own piece of Neverland and you’ll feel like you’ve just emerged from the rabbit hole!
3. Jane Orman Designs
It was Jane Orman Designs first time at TVM and she definitely didn’t disappoint. All the way up from Tamworth, Jane brought her talented creations to the Gold Coast to add a bit of sophistication to the day. All of her works of art are oil paintings and Jane bases her muse around the modern woman. With an edgy yet feminine feel about them, they would transform or create a focal point in your favourite room.
I especially loved the beautiful painting of this woman (I wish my student budget enabled me to buy this artwork!) Jane also has a range of tops and accessories at her stall to satisfy the savviest of market shoppers. I saw that a few lucky TVM shoppers took home some of her incredible designs. Hope they look great in your homes!
4. Attic Collection
Walk into Attic’s stall and you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. From antique hair brushes to unique ornaments and jewellery, this stall has everything for the vintage collector. Most of the stock dates back to the 1960s and 1970s and each piece has a history. This makes it that little more special knowing that you have bought an item which was loved by someone else.
It was extremely hard to choose just one item! In the end I couldn’t, so I ended up going with a theme. These gorgeously cute deer’s were reminiscent of my childhood with cute Disney character references to Bambi (oh how I loved that movie!). These ornaments range from $10-$15, with the rest of the stall also being reasonably priced. I even bought one of the deer’s and it is now sitting proudly on my bookshelf!
5. Faith Designs
With the sunshine reflecting off the crystal stones and the gorgeous colours glittering away, you can’t help but immediately be drawn into the stall. (I have always loved crystal stones, maybe this has something to do with my name!) With a range of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, there is jewellery to suit every woman.
I was immediately drawn to the new Agate Cuffs. With a range of beautiful colours to choose from, agate slices are clasped onto these funky looking cuffs (perfect statement pieces anyone?!). Available on either plain or calligraphy inspired cuffs, in both gold and silver. All pieces are reasonably priced with the Agate Cuffs priced at $15.
The Village Markets on September 18, 2011 had a relaxed vibe from the very start. As my first official TVM as an intern, I was excited to meet the stall holders and see the merchandise everyone was selling. The (extremely) hot spring day was welcomed as TVM shoppers browsed through bikinis, dresses, shorts and skirts [...]
The Village Markets on September 18, 2011 had a relaxed vibe from the very start. As my first official TVM as an intern, I was excited to meet the stall holders and see the merchandise everyone was selling. The (extremely) hot spring day was welcomed as TVM shoppers browsed through bikinis, dresses, shorts and skirts as well as a range of accessories and homewares.
Everyone I spoke to was very friendly and informative about their products. It was difficult narrowing down my 5 Fave Finds, but here they are. Enjoy!
1. Sisterhood Sewing
Walk past Sisterhood Sewing and you cannot help but notice all of the eyes looking at you. These eyes belong to the wide range of adorable owls peering out from the stall. I have not picked out just one owl as my favourite (I am personally obsessed with owls so I would find this task extremely difficult!). Rather, I have chosen the entire stall as one of my 5 Fave Finds.
Using a range of various fabrics, including vintage wool from op shops and Ralph Lauren swatches, these hand-made cuties also help to raise money. With a $1,000 of revenue per year going towards a desired charity, the money raised this year will be going towards Teen Challenge. Ranging from $15 to $40, TVM customers can also enjoy paying wholesale prices when buying at the markets.
Cut-out detailing? Check. Fringing? Check. Available in a number of colours? Check. Made from beautiful, soft leather, the new Amazonia Vests from Lokoa tick all the boxes. With a modern western feel, this garment would look perfect teamed with a pair of denim shorts and a bikini top on a hot summer’s day! (Staple festival outfits anyone?)
Priced at $140 and available in Mad Mustard, Urban Rustic, Olive, Cinnamon, Beige and Peach, you will be sure to find one that suits you.
3. Jewellery by Kim
The hand-made ceramic jewellery pieces at Jewellery by Kim are unique and beautiful! The new ‘Love and Late Nights Collection’ especially caught my eye and was created through a lot of love and a lot of late nights (when you speak to Kim you notice straight away how much she loves what she does!). With a mixture of hearts and crosses, some designs are imprinted with antique lace, whereas others showcase roses and beautiful sayings.
Said to be jewellery for your home, most pieces are one offs and would create a talking point in any room. The ‘Love and Late Nights Collection’ is priced at $60, with other pieces in the stall available at various prices. Kim is also about to branch out into little ceramic tiles with famous inspirational and fashion quotes written on them. Watch this space!
4. Qui Qui
Every time I passed this stall I could not help but look at the beautiful maxi dress on one of the mannequins. The rustic colour and rope detailing (two trends which were very prominent at TVM!), gives a desert meets nautical feel. Made from crushed satin, this lightweight fabric is perfect for a day out with the girls or on hot summer nights cruising along the Broadwater. Priced at $129, this hand-made maxi is a steal!
Qui Qui originally started out with all garments being hand-made. Now that it has grown, some garments are being manufactured in China which means some cheaper prices for TVM customers. What is even more exciting is that Dissh has taken up some of the made in China garments! Congratulations Qui Qui!
5. Myrtle and Dove
Last but definitely not least, I could not go past the Retro Denim Dresses with vintage fabric pockets from Myrtle and Dove. The first thing I noticed about these dresses was the unique fabrics used to make the pockets. Period fabrics are used ranging from the 1940s to the 1970s! The same fabric is also used on the neckline to create continuity with the design.
I love how these dresses are a little bit unique and as they are hand-made, it makes them just that bit more special! If you are really after a vintage buy, then these dresses are perfect for you, priced at $89. There are many other cute designs at this stall, including skirts with pockets made from vintage tapestries! Oh so cute!
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