2017 End Of Year Wrap plus Market and Application dates for 2018

Finders Keepers Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building captured by Mark Lobo

What an extraordinary year our tenth anniversary has been at Finders Keepers!

We’ve continued to grow and continued to watch our community grow with us too! We’ve listened to your feedback and launched two new venues in 2017 and hosted some of our biggest ever events!

In 2017 we’ve welcomed new team members, launched a brand new website and hosted five unforgettable events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

As you’d know, these events don’t just ‘happen’. They’re the result of months of planning, hard yards and plenty of passion from a small but very dedicated and incredible team that work across the country all year round.

It’s with truck loads of thanks to this amazing team

  • Alischa – It’s been many years and many more markets of your hard work and dedication to Finders Keepers. It’s time for you to pursue new dreams, but we’ll never forget the legacy you’ve helped us create at FK! Good luck with your new adventures.
  • Annalyse – A challenging year of launching new venues and much change amongst the day to day didn’t deter the results from letting people know to getting them in the door. Your smile on the ground when managing some of the tough stuff makes it look like smooth sailing.
  • Lindsay – Welcome aboard the FK ship Mrs Pepper. We’ve watched you from afar and now you’re part of the official team and we couldn’t be happier (and luckier). You’ve transitioned into the role seamlessly and already making lasting impressions.
  • Monique – Our online legend! Your super sassy style and sharp eyes continue to make sure we’re showcasing our wonderful stallholders so well. You are now our longest standing staff member and we salute you!
  • Rachel – Our stallholder superstar! Endless thanks from us as well as the many stallholders that you support all year round. You’re on the end of many phone calls, emails and questions which you manage ever so elegantly.
  • Renee – Remember that time we hit 150,000 followers on insta? What about the record breaking crowds in Melbourne? You can thank this marketing mastermind for that. We do not know what we’d do without you!

Tin Foil Collective captured by Samee Lapham

As well as our extended 2017 family…

  • Ryan – Thank you for being a part of our team for some time in 2017. Your support has definitely helped us to to develop some new systems to help streamline our hardworking team.
  • Nicole – For all your behind the scenes tech skills! We thank you for your superstar software development skills on streamlining our new systems.
  • Extra special thanks to our boys behind the scenes: Luke for managing all of FK’s website needs and Ezra for all of our last minute signage demands and your awesome work at events.
  • Thank you to all of the amazing team of casual event staff that have worked hard and fast with us at events in 2018. We quite literally couldn’t do it without you all!

Togetherness Design and Tara Whalley captured by Mark Lobo

McKean Studio captured by Mark Lobo

  • To the amazing artists: Esther Sandler of Togetherness Design and Megan McKean of McKean Studio who worked with us on our seasonal campaign illustrations in AW17 and SS17 respectively. The branding across all of our events has been successful in every way we ever imagined and more.
  • To our amazing event photographers that captured so many beautiful images and moments this year: 
Mark Lobo and Samee Lapham
  • To our music programmer Georgia Mooney, and all the wonderful musicians and DJS! Thanks for helping our events to buzz with great music line-ups.
  • To our wonderful event partners and supporters that we are so grateful for! We launched our Finders Keepers Supporter Program this year and have had some wonderful collaborations and friendships blossom as a result! Special shouts for Frankie magazine, Dann Event Hire, Dead East Bar Co. Capi, MOO, Beaconmaker and Whirlwind Print for your ongoing commitment to our community.
  • Last but not least, THANK YOU to the wonderful makers, designers, artists, foodies and musicians that have devoted their time and amazing work to the markets!! You are the people that shine and the reason we do what we do!!
  • Thank you also to the people that come to shop and support small independent business, and attend our events each year.

The Finders Keepers are now officially on break from 22nd December until 8th January 2018. We have some really exciting new plans for 2018 and can’t wait to share them all with you!

Sarah and Brooke
Event co-founders and Directors xx

P.s. Hi!  It’s the Comms Team here.  We thought we’d sneak in a big HIGH FIVE, THUMBS UP and THANKS to our amazing directors for keeping the FK dream alive for an entire decade! WELL DONE YOU GUYS! Here’s cheers to the next ten!

But wait… there’s more!

Marit Harmer captured by Mark Lobo

Public Holiday captured by Samee Lapham

Sydney AW18 Applications NOW OPEN!

To ensure our first event for 2018 is a great success, we’re opening up our Sydney Applications NOW.

The markets are planned at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve for 4th – 6th May, 2017.

Applications for stallholders who make and produce original and creative work, independent and innovative designs, or high quality products of a hand made nature are NOW OPEN.

As the number of applications grows each year, naturally, so does the competition. We anticipate an overwhelming response across our range of categories including art, design, fashion and food and will continue to ensure that the market remains full of fresh, exciting and ethical ideas. If you are a designer, artist or foodie interested in applying for the markets please head here!

Click here to apply, but don’t miss out; applications close 8th January
please note holiday closing hours for any inquiries

Keep scrolling for our 2018 dates!

Nanna Woo captured Samee Lapham

Pete Cromer captured by Mark Lobo

Market and Application Dates 2018:

To kick start the big year ahead, grab your diaries and note these important ‘save the dates’ for your 2018 market calendars.

Sydney AW18 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 4th May : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 5th May : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6th May : 10am – 5pm

Applications for Sydney AW18 are now OPEN! Apply now.
Applications close : 8th January

Brisbane AW18 Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills

Friday 22nd June : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 23rd June : 9am – 5pm
Sunday 24th June : 9am – 5pm

Applications open : 25th January
Applications close : 26th February

Melbourne AW18 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 13th July : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 14th July : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 15th July : 10am – 5pm

Applications open: 23rd February
Applications close : 23rd March

Melbourne SS18 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 19th October : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 20th October : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 21st October : 10am – 5pm

Applications open : 11th May
Applications close : 13th June

Brisbane SS18 Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills

Friday 16th November : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 17th November : 9am – 5pm
Sunday 18th November : 9am – 5pm

Applications open : 15th June
Applications close : 20th July

Sydney SS18 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 30th November : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 1st December : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 2nd December : 10am – 5pm

Applications open : 27th April
Applications close : 18th May

Until next year! x

Dandy Tea Co captured by Samee Lapham

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