Fairs & Garage Sales

Ballarat Heritage Market 2014

Good morning to you all wherever you are reading from. I hope that you have survived the week so far and it’s all up from here as we count down to the weekend!!

As some of you will know, the weekend just past was the Ballarat Heritage Weekend and there was a lovely pop-up market (which we were stall holders at) being held in the historical Mechanics Institute as part of the weekends activities. The market was being held in the Minerva room of the building upstairs. I had never been in the building before let alone in the Minerva room but it is BEAUTIFUL to say the least.

I was super thrilled to be a part of the market this year. The girls from the Pop-up co just do an amazing job in organising it all. So there I was last Friday gearing up for set up and dying of excitement. When we arrived I was a bag of beans, full of energy. This soon passed as we (my long suffering husband and I) hauled furniture, backdrops, boxes, trestle tables and other heavy things up 2 flights of stairs to the room. Once we finally had our haul carted up the stairs I could get to the fun bit of setting up.

Here is the stall set up!!

vintage stall vintage stall

We returned at about 9.30 on the Saturday morning to give the stall its finishing touches and prepare for opening at 10am. Here are some close up shots 🙂

vintage bottles vintage soaps


vintage soaps vintage bottles

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The gorgeous soaps and candles that you see are from a very clever lady (vintage roses and things) who makes these wonderful looking and smelling goodies!!

The room was bustling with stall holders and even had a vintage cafe in the back corner whoop!! As soon as the market was open for business the stream of people coming through was constant. In fact within the first 10 mins of my stall being open I sold my feature piece (a stunning ornate framed blackboard) and a gorgeous spice rack. Selling was actually really good, the flow of customers were constant. My favourite part though is meeting people and getting feedback. I love to hear peoples thoughts on my pieces and to see their reactions and faces as they look at them and touch them. It gives me an indication not only of what people like and are looking for but also of what they think of the quality and pricing of my products. I have to say that I got really good feedback and had a lot of people took brochures and business cards. Being such a bustling day and so busy people were very keen on buying small things that they could tuck under their arm, so it was a bit hard to move some larger furniture pieces. I did however sell one of my favourite creations (a gorgeous set of French typography nest of tables) to a lovely couple. I knew that they wouldn’t last long and I was thrilled to send them off to their new home!!

The backdrop for my stall took a lot of work to create (and carry up 2 flights of stairs) but it was well worth the effort. I was receiving compliments on it the whole weekend.


On the Sunday my mum and sister filled in for me for 2 hours in the morning. When I took over at lunch time it was just getting busy again. The Sunday was quieter for us and this gave me the chance to sneak around and meet the other stall holders and check out their products. I was slack and didn’t take photos so I am pinching some of the pictures that Lisa from the Pop-up co took.

Here are just some of the stall highlights I found 🙂


deer little parties

This stall was seriously the cutest!! Just look at the gorgeous stripy booth … Deer Little Parties is owned by Lisa who is also one of the organizers of the pop up market. She sells the prettiest party supplies and her items are beautiful and unique!!


365 design

365 design had the stall opposite us. She is absolutely lovely and was great to chat with over the weekend. Not to mention her awesome cards and cardboard crafts, if you get the chance definitely look 365 up 🙂

edible indulgence

Jacinta at Edible Indulgence had the best pistachio and salted caramel macarons I have EVER tasted and they were big tasty and reasonably priced!! I pretty much could have lived at this stall all weekend, not to mention that I was a greedy pig and bought macarons off her for morning tea both days!!



The lovely lady at fabrikate makes the sweetest vintage shower caps, lavender heart sachets, aprons and more. I couldn’t resist buying a spotted green shower cap for my bathroom and some lavender hearts. Just sooooo talented and very kind too!!

bok bok b'gerk

Bok Bok B’gerk’s stall was just immaculate her items are so well made and presented, just a crafty genius!!


the tea man

I didn’t catch the name of this stall holder so i will refer to him as the tea man hehe … I didn’t get a chance to buy any tea off him and I wish I had as they smelt divine and he had a great range too … and look at those lovely tins!!


rub a dub

Rub a Dub makes beautiful organic skin care and soaps. Her stall was natural and earthy looking, the products were beautifully presented and looked and smelt great. She even had some baby balm there for those poor bubs that suffer from rashes and excema.

There were sooooo many other great stall holders that were just as good as the ones listed above. I wish I had time to list them all. I shall leave you now with a few shots of the market and cafe. If you missed out on coming this year don’t miss it next year and hopefully we will all be there to say hello!!


market cafe and market

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