4. Craft Alive (various locations)
When: Various dates and locations in 2022. Check the website for details.
Dubbing itself a ‘series’ rather than a fair, Craft Alive is celebrating its 31st year and is held across various locations throughout Australia. With a solid turnout in regional Victoria, including Ballarat, Morwell, Shepparton, Wodonga and Bendigo, Craft Alive is run like an expo.
Enjoying a market vibe that features local and interstate craft experts who showcase their talents throughout the three-day event; craft professionals, enthusiasts, and the curious alike have a chance to learn from the best.
5. Redhill Community Market
When: The first Saturday of every month.
Considered the ultimate ‘makers market’, the Redhill Community Market has been operating on the first Saturday of every month since 1975.
Born as a place for local artists and producers to come together to barter their goods and produce, these days it’s more known for its original design pieces, outstanding craftsmanship and one-off pieces. You can also make a weekend of it with a stay at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort just a 20-minute drive away.
This market fills up quick, so expect to get there early to ensure you don’t miss out on any gems.
6. Picadilly Farmers and Makers Market
When: The third Saturday every month.
As of November 2021, Piccadilly Market (a famous indoor market located in Belmont) is now running the Picadilly Farmer’s and Makers Market on the third Saturday of the month.
Keeping with Picadilly Market’s craft and makers focus, the monthly market sees local vendors showcase contemporary, unique and quality crafted homewares, clothing, jewellery, artwork, and yes - even goat's cheese.
7. Fletcher Jones Market
When: Open every day. Check the website for details.
The Fletcher Jones Market in Warrnambool considers itself a ‘market’, even if it is open nearly every day of the year.
Located at the old Fletcher Jones clothing factory, traverse the heritage-listed garden and prepare for a world of nostalgia steeped in the two full floors of antiques, antiquarian books, collectibles, records, vintage clothing and furniture.
Whatever you’re after, if it’s old, this place is sure to have it.