Friday, March 12, 2010

Perth Upmarket Market

Tell us a little bit about your market?
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares. The market brings together over 100 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. The market showcases high quality wares such as handcrafted clothing, jewellery, skin care products, handbags, wall and paper art, wood products, toys, cupcakes plus lots more. Parking and entry are free and the venue is easily accessible.

Next Market:
When: Sunday 28th March 2010
Where: University of Western Australia
Time: 10am-4pm
Entry: Free
Future Market Dates: Sunday 27th June, Sunday 12th September and Sunday 28th November.
This event proudly supports the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

When/why did you start your market?
The brains (and operational legs) behind the Perth Upmarket initiative is ex-Sydneysider Justine Barsley, who moved to Perth in 2006 and couldn’t find Perth’s best artists and designers she’d heard so much about. Justine went in search of a regular high quality market to sell her own limited edition kids clothing range and couldn’t find one, thus Perth Upmarket was born.

What is the favourite part about running your market?
My favourite part of running the market is the buzz of seeing the connection of designers and shoppers on market day. I also enjoy the entrepreneurial freedom of having my own business and deciding on what direction to take it.

Why do you love handmade so much?
I love handmade because it has a story. From the hands of the creators to something proudly worn, used or displayed. Handmade always creates a conversation.

Why your visitors should attend your market?
- meet over 100 of Perth’s most talented designers, artists, creatives and gourmets all under one roof
- will be supporting local small businesses and keep their money in the local economy
- can buy the best handcrafted wares designed or made from WA locals

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  1. Whoo Hoo love Perth Upmarket and Justine is the loveliest person ever!
    Great interview.

  2. Great interview :)
    would love to get to these fabulous markets one day!


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