What do you want when you’re Christmas shopping? I’ll bet unique gift ideas, thoughtfully produced goods and a one stop shop for everyone on your list are right up there. What about supporting Western Australian creatives in a friendly, laid back environment? That too I’d say. This is what you get when you stop by any of Perth’s regular, handmade markets.
With the Christmas countdown on, you can check out where to nab that perfect something.
Stackwood Made Local Market
Friday 23 November 3-9pm, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November, 9am-4pm
10 Stack St, Fremantle
The markets at Fremantle creative hub Stackwood are next level, featuring some of the most creative locals whose work you are unlikely to see at other markets. Think gorgeous, slow fashion items from Many Peaks Assembly, unique embroideries by Smallfry Stitches, and statement earrings from Pierce, I Love You. The Stackwood studio residents also open their doors, so you can witness where the magic happens whilst picking up something amazing. There will be food vendors there all weekend and on Friday night you can reward yourself for getting your Christmas shopping done with a drink from the pop-up bar.
Etsy Made Local
Friday 24 November, 10am-4pm
State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard, Cnr William & Roe Sts, Northbridge
Situated in the heart of Northbridge, the Etsy Made Local markets are part of a nationwide event happening on the same day that sees Etsy markets rolling out all over the country. Handmade forever!
Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar
Friday 30 November 5-9pm, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December 9am-5pm
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
Held in the leafy FAC front garden, there’s no prettier venue for a Christmas market. Expect ceramics, fine jewellery, sculpture, woodwork and more. The Fremantle Arts Centre shop Found will also be open, and you can get your shopping done with a side of art. Now that’s a good time!
Made on the Left
17 & 18 November 9am-5pm
Princess May Park, Cantonment St, Fremantle
This free event sees over 60 designer and artisan stalls showcasing art, design, fashion and homewares from Western Australian artists. Think accessories made from unusual materials, dynamic watercolours, handmade children’s clothes and leather bags.
Perth Makers Market Twilight Market
Friday 16 November 4-9pm
Yagan Square, Corner Wellington & William Sts, Perth
If you work in the city then this Friday night market is super convenient. Why not substitute Friday night drinks for a spot of Christmas shopping? If you get it all done that Chardonnay is going to taste even better.
Perth Makers Market Fremantle Market
Sunday 2 December 9am-4pm
Fremantle Markets, Henderson Street Car Park, Fremantle
In this instalment of the regular Perth Makers Market, the team are popping up at the iconic Freo Markets! Do your veggie shopping for the week after browsing the stalls.
Perth Makers Market Applecross Market
Sunday 16 December 9:30am-3:30pm
Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross
Happening just 9 days before Christmas, this is the go-to market for your last minute gifts. The Heathcote gallery and museum will be open on the day, as well as the neighbouring artist studios. It’s also a fun place to take the kids, the playground is great!
Sunday 25 November 10am-4pm
Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia, Crawley
A special Christmas edition of Perth Upmarket will have over 200 talented creators all under one roof. Don’t miss the dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section. This market is huuuuuge!