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Brisbane Finders Keepers Markets 6 & 7 July: an abundance of hand made homewares and unique designs

Our first ever Finders Keepers experience on the weekend was wonderful!  We had a very successful and fun couple of days and received some really positive feedback on our pieces, which is so exciting!

Insider with M & M

Our market space in studio 3 at the Old Museum

We’ve been to Finders Keepers before as shoppers, but we’ve never sat on the other side of the table.  We met some great people including some fabulous designers and craftspeople.

Finders Keepers wrote a beautiful blog about our label in the days before the market which meant lots of people came and said “hello”, making us feel right at home. Read the post here.

Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum in Brisbane

Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum in Brisbane Photos by Alice Steiner

The quality and variety of goods on offer at the markets was super, teamed with great food and drink and lovely music, all wrapped in some perfect Brisbane weather!

It’s very difficult to choose a few designs to feature, but there are a few that we really loved, starting with our near neighbours all making their first appearance at the markets in studio 3.

Elke Lucas creates some beautiful hand thrown porcelain using lovely organic shapes and lines with a beautiful feel and texture; people couldn’t seem to put them down.  You can see all of her lovely pieces at Elke Lucas Ceramics

Right next to our stall was The Thinktree where Laura had some beautiful paper products, including cards and prints. Laura’s designs are beautifully finished and put smiles on faces with her wonderfully unique greeting cards.  You can see more of Laura’s designs at thethinktree

Featured designers

Jennifer Orland’s jewellery pieces, Laura from TheTHINKTREE, textile design from SitStayGO, Margeaux’s little creatures from Red tree designs, Trish’s designs from SitStayGO and ceramic pieces by Elke Lucas

SitStayGO from Melbourne creates beautiful textile wares created from watercolour paintings digitally printed on to linen.  Trish’s designs are colourful and fun, detailing beautiful organic patterns.   SitStayGO

Margeaux from Red Tree Designs produces individually handmade pieces from upcycled materials including purses, bags and delightful little fabric creatures.  You can see all Margeaux’s designs in her ETSY store Red tree designs

In studio 2 I met Jennifer Orland who produces lovely works from clay including some wonderful jewellery pieces with inspiration drawn from history, art, fashion and nature.


Outside in the sunshine

Out and about at the Finders Keepers Markets – Photos by Alice Steiner

Finders Keepers Brisbane markets was a super event and we can’t wait until it returns in November!

Handmade homeware and some upcycling for a Brisbane winter treat


Upcycling Onkaparinga is in the breeze this season.  We have created a range of bespoke cushions from vintage Australian made Onkaparinga Blankets. Onkaparinga (aaah) opened it’s woollen mill, and built it’s reputation, from 1872 with the finest, top shelf, quality blankets.


wool cushion leather pom pom velveteen

Cushions in blue and turquoise plaid wool with leather, velveteen and pom poms

Woollen & Plaid

Inspired by Stuart Membery, Alexander McQueen, and of course Vivienne Westwood, our winter collection of plaid and woollen cushions are perfect for napping on the sofa or power discing your favourite series, while the slow cooker does its thing with dinner. Why not change your style for the season with a few key bespoke cushions.

Leather & Skin

Inspired by ‘Winterfell’ quality leather and skin feature in our Luxury collection this season. All our leather is from sustainably farmed Kangaroo.  The quality of kangaroo leather means it is softer and more durable than cow hide and is used in other manufacture like motorcycle leather and high end fashion. Only the best!


cushions linen and leather with flannel

Cushions made with Kangaroo leather and flannel

Pom Pom Pom…

Pom poms really make the world a much brighter, better place.  Here at Maker & Merchant we have a delightful collection of pom-poms and trims direct from the markets at Sham Shui Po to add to the winter 2013/2014 range of home wares.

trim pompom

Pom pom trim