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The Finders Keepers

Hello decor8 readers! This is Jillian with another Shopgirl Visits column. Today I’m taking you with me on a market visit that you’re bound to love. Have you heard about The Finders Keepers?

Finders Keepers

This design and art market supports emerging designers, artists & musicians. The markets, which were started 3 years ago by Sarah Thornton and Brooke Johnston, are held bi-annually in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and are a huge hit.

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

My own introduction to the markets was a bit circuitous. I saw some of Kylie Johnson’s ceramics on Pia’s blog a few years ago and I was enchanted. I bought some of her work and soon started following her blog, Instinct and Grace. Kylie mentioned on the blog that she’d be in Sydney attending the Finders Keepers. I’d not been to Finders Keepers before so I decided to have a look see and whilst there, I found the Paperboat Press stall. I summoned up the courage to approach Kylie and I’ve been an annual visitor to the market since then, camera always in hand. You can see some of my earlier Finders Keepers images here on decor8 from 2010.

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

The Sydney Winter Finders Keepers were held on a cold, wet windy day in Sydney. I put on my boots, picked up my camera and firmly placed my ‘Shopgirl visits for decor8’ hat on my head and made my way over to the lovely Carriageworks building in Eveleigh.

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

The Sydney Finders Keepers is always a bustling event. What a better way to wile a way a wet Saturday than with a spot of shopping? The beauty of the markets is their ever changing nature. The line-up of stall holders varies with every market so you never quite know what to expect.

What did I find there? A beguiling mix of old favourites and some new discoveries. Some of my old favourites were there – Paperboat Press, Attia, the Storybook Rabbit and Bespoke Press.

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

And my new discoveries? The spare ceramics designed by Haydn Youlley, the funky Las Vegas style lighting from Fromage La Rue, some beautiful furniture from Ply Candy and a great pop up stationery shop, the Super Cool.

Finders Keepers

ply candy 2

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Did you see anything in my photos that caught your eye?

To check for upcoming markets and stallholder line-up you can check the Finders Keepers website.

See you again later this month with another Shopgirl Visits! – Jillian

(images/text: jillian leiboff)

Posted by decor8 in Events + Markets on August 01, 2012

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  1. kass hall commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:38pm

    as an Aussie creative, I can tell you the Finders Keepers is hands down the best market in Australia. Love it!!
    kass hall´s last blog post ..

  2. kass hall commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:39pm

    As an Aussie creative, I can confirm: Finders Keepers is the best market in Australia. Always come out of those with a lighter wallet!

  3. Lakshmi commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:41pm

    My favorites: the vintage tea cups and the colorful wrapping papers.
    Lakshmi´s last blog post ..Design lessons for teeny-tiny spaces from Ayaz Basrai of The Busride

  4. Ruth Crean commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 1:52pm

    That market looks really amazing! I’ve been doing craft markets for nearly 5 years and I love it ( it changed my whole life and allowed me to become self employed).
    I think it would be dangerous if I went shopping at that one, I would want to buy everything(including those giant letters!)
    Ruth Crean´s last blog post ..Maeve Binchy Quote-Free Printable

  5. Gretel Girl commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:33pm

    Such a fabulous market in the very cool Carriageworks! Photos are ace! Thanks jillian & decor8!

  6. tinajo commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:40pm

    That looks like a place where I´d LOVE to be – maybe one day..! :-)
    tinajo´s last blog post ..We´re home – and a Restaurant recommendation!

  7. Elena commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 2:56pm

    I am so jealous! Want, want and want.

  8. Maria commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 3:24pm

    what a great market!!
    Maria´s last blog post ..tidny.

  9. Yna commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 3:48pm

    What a wonderful Market. Cool location. Amazing things.
    Must be dangerous to walk through…
    Yna´s last blog post ..Like No. 10

  10. Inge commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 4:05pm

    Yes, the cloud broches of Paperboat Press caught mine… ;-) I immediately listed their website in my favourites. And what a fantastic market that looks! Wish I could be in Australia to experience it…
    Inge´s last blog post ..Dreams come true {Fresher than Fresh cones}

  11. Maria @ All Things Luxurious commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 5:19pm

    These photos are beautiful! Looks like an amazing experience. Thanks so much for bringing us along! ;-)
    Maria @ All Things Luxurious´s last blog post ..August Sponsor Swap

  12. April Louise commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 8:48pm

    Mr Fox and Mrs Rabbit are soo cute!
    April Louise´s last blog post ..Julia Kostreva

  13. Chloe C commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 10:34pm

    Loved the generous look at the market through your quantity/quality of the photos. Thanks!

    I was particularly taken with the photo of the b&w photos – were those printed on the canvas, or a regular print just mounted on a stretched canvas?
    I really liked the light shining through. ?Chloe
    Chloe C´s last blog post ..OMG I went to a Free People in real life for the first time.

  14. Heather commented
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:12pm

    Oh my goodness. what a yum post!
    So many beautiful things to see there.

    Would anyone be able to tell me what the company / maker is called who make those beautiful leaf print cushions (the pitcure above the animal mask image)

    I’d also love to find out the company name / maker name of the peeps who make the gorgeous lit lettering.

    Thank you in advance.

  15. Pretty Dandy Homewares commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 12:05am

    Pretty much everything here caught my eye, so sad to realise it’s in Aus!


  16. Jacqueline commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 2:50am

    I had a stall at this market, and it was a wonderful experience – being able to meet other designers, and also the lovely visitors & customers! :)
    Jacqueline´s last blog post ..What To Wear With…

  17. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 12:28pm

    @Chloe C:
    Hi Chloe,

    the print was part of the Ply Candy display. It’s a light box with photo embedded in perspex. There is a link to their website in the text and they have a section on their products there.


  18. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 12:32pm


    The little letters were part of the Super Cool pop-up shop. Try the link to their website as they have an online store. The letters may be on sale there,


  19. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 12:39pm


    Hi Heather,

    the cushions are by Maya Muse textiles. Here’s the link to their site


  20. stephanie @ Baba Souk commented
    August 2nd, 2012 at 6:51pm

    Oh wowowow! looks soooo inspiring. Why do I live in Montreal! ;)
    stephanie @ Baba Souk´s last blog post ..Papers

  21. Oncle Hope commented
    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:01pm

    Oh how i want a market like that here in Europe, either Barcelona or Stockholm if i may choose ;) Absolutly a dream!

  22. Desha Peacock commented
    August 3rd, 2012 at 12:09pm

    This event looks so amazing. I want to GO!! Gorgeous photos, too, really captures the essence of the event.
    Desha Peacock´s last blog post ..Naughty Dog. Cute Skirts.

  23. Chrystina commented
    August 3rd, 2012 at 4:52pm

    Bookmarked this. Just in case I ever end up in Australia. It looks INCREDIBLE, and dangerous for my wallet.
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..friday links: an august series, week 1

  24. morgan commented
    August 3rd, 2012 at 6:57pm

    OH MY! I live for those neon letter signs!!

  25. Heather commented
    August 5th, 2012 at 2:58pm

    Thank you so much for both links Jillian. I really appreciate it.

  26. Heather commented
    August 5th, 2012 at 3:02pm

    Ps. I just checked out your blog… it’s really lovely. Beautifully crafted photography and interesting content too.
    I’ll definitely be following from now on.

  27. Lyndsay Martin commented
    August 6th, 2012 at 8:29am

    WOW! lovely post Holly! thanks so much I love to see emerging artists and their wares,, Australia has some very talented young people !
    Lyndsay Martin´s last blog post ..Saturday Swoon – California

  28. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 6th, 2012 at 12:39pm

    Thanks so much Heather. It’s always nice to have new readers,


  29. Barbra Ignatiev commented
    August 6th, 2012 at 2:16pm

    I like those vintagey-looking bunny plates and the animal mask cards. Zoinks now I want to draw cute animals!

    Finders Keepers looks like a happy place to be :)
    Barbra Ignatiev´s last blog post ..Fancy Scales

  30. Esther commented
    August 7th, 2012 at 4:12pm

    Oh, this post makes me so greedy! I especially like the cups, beeootiful. I wish I could’ve been there.
    Esther´s last blog post ..London shopping: Cath Kidston

  31. Ellen Sofie commented
    August 7th, 2012 at 6:34pm

    Omg, who is making the fabulous drawings on the very first picture of this post?? I tried looking trough the list over artist at, but no luck..

    From Ellen Sofie – Norway

  32. riyo commented
    August 7th, 2012 at 8:05pm

    one of the best markets in australia!
    enjoyed the atmosphere in the carriageworks as much as i enjoyed shopping, meeting people and having fun. it is such a vast space so each stalls seem to have enough space to spread their creative display.

  33. PriscilaPetersDecor commented
    August 7th, 2012 at 9:56pm

    Oh wow. This market is a dream world! I am so so inspiredjust looking at all those stunning items…
    PriscilaPetersDecor´s last blog post ..10 ideas to store your bags

  34. Tricia Holda commented
    August 8th, 2012 at 7:16pm

    Wow, those Aussies sure know how to do it! What an AMAZING fair, all around. Everything is so visually edible…wow!

  35. elise commented
    August 8th, 2012 at 8:05pm

    Who makes those wonderful bunny plates and porcelain? I want some!!!

  36. Kat commented
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:15pm

    Oh thank you for this tour of the market, I have heard of Finders keepers and always wanted to see what it’s like. There’s some totally yummy things! I wondered who made the blouse that is hanging beneath I sign saying Alice?
    The storybook rabbit have beautiful beautiful things. Oh it’s making me wish I could visit for real Jillian!
    Kat x
    Kat´s last blog post ..Instagram love – naturals

  37. Kat commented
    August 8th, 2012 at 11:19pm

    Ps, just been across to your blog and found the answer about the top(Alice nightingale) there Jillian, thank you!
    Kat´s last blog post ..Instagram love – naturals

  38. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 10th, 2012 at 11:02pm


    Hi Elise,

    I’m pretty sure the bunny plates are from Storybook Rabbit. There’s a link to their etsy store in the text,


  39. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 10th, 2012 at 11:06pm

    @Ellen Sofie:

    Hi Ellen,

    the drawings are by Emma Leonard. Her website is


  40. Gillian commented
    August 11th, 2012 at 6:44am

    Love it…any chance of starting up in little old Perth wa?
    Gillian´s last blog post ..I thought I saw a puddy cat…..

  41. Seaweed & Raine commented
    August 12th, 2012 at 2:30am

    Yes, yes, and yes! The double sided gift wrap has the most marvellous colours on it. Then there are the cushions (and I think perhaps a table runner) with the knotted rope print, and finally the industrial letters that light up – they are super cool.
    I’ve heard about your blog quite a bit before, but this is my first visit. Don’t worry – I’ll be back! :)
    Seaweed & Raine´s last blog post ..Easy Vegatable & Pasta Fritata

  42. Sofia commented
    August 13th, 2012 at 3:48am

    Looks like a lovely market, they have so many nice ones in Sydney. Love the plate with the rabbit in the middle!
    Sofia´s last blog post ..Temples & Monks In Chiang Mai – Photo Essay

  43. Dulce commented
    August 13th, 2012 at 5:33pm

    Thank you for sharing! Wish I lived there and could go and get lots of things, I loved the parcel packing kit, it’s lovely!

  44. Marusa commented
    August 14th, 2012 at 2:37pm

    oh my, lovely things… the little shy rabbit is so cute I can hardly stand it, thanks for the link to the shop. and all the rest is gorgeous too, what a great market! i think i need to start planning my next vacation ;)
    Marusa´s last blog post ..monday music. anywhere in the world.

  45. Kelly commented
    August 14th, 2012 at 7:40pm

    This is so fun! So wish there was something similar in the U.S. : )

  46. Jillian Xenia commented
    August 17th, 2012 at 1:10pm

    I reallly need to go to one of these, i’m sure theres some like this in Canada. too cute
    Jillian Xenia´s last blog post ..Test Shoot

  47. Tracy A. commented
    August 17th, 2012 at 11:30pm

    Oh! I want to go there!
    Tracy A.´s last blog post ..“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~ Julia Child

  48. SteelPetalPress commented
    August 20th, 2012 at 5:42pm

    Jillian, you’ve done a beautiful job documenting this market! It’s chock full of handmade wonderfulness!

    I’m sure you must have heard of Renegade Craft Fair, which takes place in several locations, but it was started in Chicago and is now celebrating it’s 10th season! The summer Chicago RCF is coming up (Sept 8-9th) and is always the biggest and the best.

    You should come!! Maybe I’ll see you there :)

    Shayna, Steel Petal Press

  49. Jillian commented
    August 23rd, 2012 at 7:15am

    I’d love to be there in Chicago if only my day job in Sydney would allow.

    Now if someone could suggest something wonderful for me to photograph for the shopgirl column when I’m in NYC October 8-13, that would be just great.

    Jillian´s last blog post ..NYC, here I come

  50. decor8 commented
    August 23rd, 2012 at 11:41am

    Jillian – can you shoot Michele Varian? She is lovely!

  51. Shayna SteelPetalPress commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 3:06pm


    You should check out the Brooklyn Flea!

    It’s part vintage, part handmade. And it’s held every weekend throughout the year. In the summer it’s held at an outdoor venue, and then it moves in doors for the winter. It will probably still be outside at the time you’re there in October.

    more info on their wesbite:

    Be sure to stop by Kate Durkin’s booth.
    She’s a very talented artist and an old friend of mine from high school: :)
    Shayna SteelPetalPress´s last blog post ..Summer Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago 2012

  52. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 9:59pm

    @Shayna SteelPetalPress:

    Thanks for the ideas.


  53. Cathy commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 1:28am

    Look so fun! Was there any furniture at this event?

  54. Simone D commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 6:38am

    Oh wow, I am so out of touch. I didn’t even know finders was on. I get so excited when I see creative talent like this. I love Kylie’s ceramics- adorable!
    Simone D´s last blog post ..Etsy Tutorial Resizing Shop Images – Getting the Perfect Thumbnail Crop Image on Etsy

  55. Jillian Leiboff commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 1:03pm


    Hi Cathy,

    ply candy had some furniture ( but they were the only ones at this Finders Keepers.


  56. Megan commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 9:25am

    I’m beyond smitten with this market…I’m head over heels with so many of the items. The geoid style brooches in resin really caught my eye. If I ever find myself on a plane to Australia, I think I know the first place I’ll visit!!
    Beautiful photos!
    XO Megan

  57. Naomi commented
    September 3rd, 2012 at 5:50am

    Too many to name them all but I love the ceramic LOVE hearts. Thanks for putting me onto this market as this is right up my alley. Cheers

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