Boundary Street took a step back in time on Saturday, 16 July with the monthly West End Designers and Makers Market. Talented local artisans revived the community markets with a vintage theme this month.

The recent popularity and unique appeal of vintage goods was not the only thing on Market Coordinator Kerry Xynias’ mind when choosing the theme. “For a while there has been a growing interest in vintage fashion, homewares and up-cycled crafts. Recycling has also become more and more important, as we are all increasingly aware of the damage being done to our environment caused by our throw-away society.” The markets built on the ethos of recycling and reusing by getting stallholders to showcase their vintage wares and specialty, handcrafted goods. From handmade ceramics, hand knits, fashion and jewellery, to gift cards and baskets and much more, an eclectic collection of vintage goods was available to choose from.

The Designers and Makers markets began with the aim of opening up an avenue for local artisans, a way of giving them greater access to product selling and promotion space. Ms Xynias says the markets have been rewarding in more ways that one. “The opportunity to form, support and develop important community ties; the opportunity to shop with local small businesses and to meet the makers of high quality goods, thereby supporting the local economy; the convenience of a market right in the heart of West End. Personally, it has been a privilege for me to help support and mentor small businesses.” And it is these ‘makers’ and businesses that merit the markets. “I believe all our makers have their own unique talent.”

The markets not only sell bespoke goods, but also tell the tales of many homegrown stories.”One local maker who I have come to know quite well is Ocean Wilson. Her Marvellous Miscellany colouring books and notebooks are produced locally, are made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials, and feature local native flora and fauna in many of the colouring designs.” Another stall holder, Anna Walters, is a crafter who specialises in bespoke items made to order, and teaches her beloved crafts of knitting, crochet and cross-stitch to a younger generation.  “Anna grew up on Boundary Street and her father started a Jewellery shop in West End when she was little. After each market Anna takes the long route home via the end of Boundary street and other favourite haunts, reliving the memories of her early teenage years in West End’s creative hub.”

The West End Designers and Makers Markets are held on the first Saturday of each month, on the corner of Boundary Street at 56 Russell Street. With fashion labels, jewellery designs, card paper craft, terrariums and accessories all on offer in the market’s vintage showcase go and have a look, find some vintage treasures and ‘meet the makers’ of West End.

Words by Raashi Agarwal and Katreena Bacatan
Image supplied by Kerry Xynias