A Mother’s Day gifting dream: The Etsy Makers Markets
The Etsy local makers market was booming this year. If you were down at Exhibition Park you would have found plenty of people from all over Canberra and surrounding areas selling beautiful handmade products and giving everyone the chance to celebrate our small local businesses.
Featuring over 100 makers from the Canberra region who make and design their own products, this CBRmade market was the first large-scale indoor market since COVID-19 hit.
Mother’s Day was the occasion on everyone’s mind when attending the market; with bath products, jewellery, art and other gift ideas, it was a smorgasbord for things every mum would love. Speaking from experience, sometimes buying things for your mum proves to be rather difficult, but I can say with confidence that as soon as I walked into the event, I saw at least ten things that would have been perfect for my mother.
My first stop in the market was Beauty-Full Art Canberra.
Chatting with the owner Jodi was an absolute delight, she was so friendly and very happy to answer all the questions I had about her business. Jodi creates a range of unique, hand-poured resin arts and homewares including serving trays, cheeseboards and more and has been doing so for over five years now. I found her work incredibly eye catching, and you couldn’t help but be drawn in by the bright colours and the beautiful contrast between the wood and resin.
Although there were hundreds of stalls in the market, I couldn’t help but be drawn to one of the next stalls on my way through. Botanic Twist is botanically inspired succulent jewellery, and I have to say that it has to be some of the coolest jewellery I’ve ever seen. The time and effort that Emma puts into her work is extraordinary, and I think that anyone who wears her jewellery could be considered a fairy princess.
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After walking around being slightly overwhelmed by the seemingly endless amount of shops, I stumbled across what I thought was a godsend in that moment… some very tempting sweet treats. Outback Fudge delivered a taste sensation, and I could really see the thought and love that had gone into the creation of these tasty sweets. They had all the traditional flavours you would normally expect like caramel and chocolate, but the Bush Blends were the real showstoppers. I tasted the quandong and vanilla flavour, and it took me a great deal of effort to not buy up their entire stock; it was a mouthwatering experience.
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I do tend to have a bit of a sweet tooth, so obviously even after trying endless samples of fudge, I still needed to try the stall next doors desserts. As Cannelloni Brothers had so may amazing flavours to choose from, I ended up trying the chocolate and coconut and the white chocolate and pistachio, and all I can say to describe them would be simply perfect.
The atmosphere around the food areas was electric, the smell of food cooking, live music playing, and the hustle and bustle showed me how excited people were to be trying all of the delicious food. Families sitting around tables talking and laughing really made the event have a great community feel, after so many events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, it really was wonderful to see everyone coming together again.
Even though I only mentioned a couple of the stalls that I came into direct contact with, there really was so many incredible stores to look at. The creative people in our Canberra community really outdid themselves this year ,and I applaud them for being able to continue their extraordinary work event through the last years trials. They were all extremely friendly and really showed such passion and enthusiasm about the things that they have created, I definitely can see that making thing with your own two hands creates a greater amount of pride in your business.
CBRmade did partner with Roundabout Canberra, so you could bring along your pre-loved winter wear to donate to Canberra families in need. You were also able make a financial donation to Kiss Goodbye to MS on the day if you didn’t have any clothes to donate.
I was at the event for just an hour, and the amount of locals there to enjoy some awesome food, beverages and live music was amazing, the obvious support for small businesses was really great, and I think the market was the perfect place to spend a lovely autumn day.