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A Unique Pop-up Market – Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Well hello there my cyber friends

I hope that if you are reading from anywhere within 20km radius of Ballarat that you survived the downpour that was yesterday. When I say it poured I mean it poured (well at least where my lil house is it did) I actually thought that my house might become an ark and float away!!

Well despite the weather, my life over the past few weeks has been pretty busy … actually its been hectic!! Since our 2 moves in Nov / Dec everything has been a bit crazy. I have had some success, I got my husbands very last minute tax done. I painted an entire hoard of vintage bottles, jars and assorted glass wares. I found the most amazing vintage frames and prints. I nearly died on a crazy horse ride with my sister. And now I have a very exciting custom job on that I can’t wait to share with you all. But today I really want to tell you all about my next upcoming stall.

In case you haven’t realized but next weekend is the Ballarat Heritage Weekend!!! The whole weekends activities sound absolutely fabulous but I am especially excited because Rustic Boutique is part of a fantastic pop-up market organised by the lovely girls at the Ballarat Pop-Up Collective, who run gorgeous and unique markets that well ‘ pop up’ in great locations and times of year with unique and talented designers and stall holders. This time round we have been super lucky and have been accepted as a stall holder at their wonderful Ballarat Heritage Weekend Pop-Up Market, squeeeeeeeee!!!

Here is a picture of the official flyer advertising this wonderful market … and the flyer I made just coz I am dying of excitement

The market is being held in the Minerva Room of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute on 10th and 11th May!

Ballarat Heritage Weekend Market …. Ballarat Heritage Weekend Vintage Stall Sale

In preparation for this event I have been making some pretty big plans and doing some advertising. Yesterday I went around to some of my favourite cafes and hung some flyers to spread the word. This stall is going to be a bit of an adjustment from my other stalls. I have been spoilt for room in my 6 X 3 marquee set up, but this being an indoor market means that the space and set up will be very different from any other stall I have done.

I have been working on a very gorgeous backdrop which my husband kindly built for me so that I can hang my vintage frames and prints.Here is a sneak peak of what I am working on.

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I also have been working on a lot of smaller pieces such as upcycled vintage decor, painted glass ware, vintage crockery, some absolutely divine hand made natural soaps and some gorgeous Savon De Marseilles soap gift packs. My hubby also bought me an awesome rustic storage box to use to display my hand crafted gift tags and decorations. I will also have some of my favourite upcycled furniture on display!! If you jump on the website for the Pop-up Collective and check out some of their previous markets and stall holders you will see some of the awesome and unique talent and great products for sale, in fact this market would be the PERFECT place to come and find that unique gift for someone special or to just treat yourself.

Aside from this awesome little market the whole weekend sounds awesome, here are some events that sound great in and around Ballarat

Ballarat Heritage Market

Heritage Market

When: 10am – 5pm daily
Where: Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute
Wheelchair access: Yes
Cost: Free entry

 Enjoy an afternoon in the Minerva Room browsing locally made handmade crafts in the Heritage Market.

 Indie Market Place

Indie Market


When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
 Town Hall and Bath Lane

Vibrant colours from Eastern to Western cultures displaying beautiful things, created and designed with a vintage flair. From the striking retro colours in hair accessories, with the nostalgia 60s and 70s fashion of the bygone era. Most of the wares are handmade with the inspiration from the past, creating a unique piece that captures the essence of our heritage and cultures.

I am a bit sad that I will miss out on this one

Apron Festival poster

Steamrail Victoria – Steam Train Rides

SteamRail Vic

When: 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.45pm both days
Where: Ballarat Railway Station, Lydiard Street North
Wheelchair access: Yes
Cost: Adult: $20, Under 16: $10, Family: $50
Bookings: Tickets available at the Ballarat Railway Station and on the train on the day.
Enjoy a ride on Ballarat’s own 1889 vintage steam locomotive Y112 and a 1940s K class run by SteamRail Victoria

Double Decker bus rides

Dbl Decker Bus 
 Every 20 minutes both days
Where: Departs from the Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street North
Wheelchair access: No
Cost: Free
Jump on board a double decker bus and enjoy the sites of Ballarat from the top deck. Along the way, learn stories of the people that influenced Ballarat’s rich history and heritage. Limited seats available. Visit the Ballarat Mining Exchange during the weekend to book a seat.

:I also heard a little whisper that this bus tour is taking its passengers out to Buninyong for a stop over at the designer craft market too!

If any of you are a fan of the Dr Blake Mysteries drama filmed in Ballarat I am pretty sure they are having a costume display too!!

There is sooo much more to do that if I feature it all I will be here all night but hey feel free to check it out for yourself at http://www.ballaratheritageweekend.com/



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