Helpful Tips for Happy Shopping at the Handmade Market
Only 3 sleeps to go until the next Handmade Market – YAY!
Amazingingly talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one big convenient destination – the National Convention Centre Canberra
150+ stalls, two days of shopping – this Saturday AND Sunday – we promise there is plenty of handmade goodness for all. We recommend a quick recon of our designer gallery, jot down your list of must-sees AND must-haves. Oh, and don’t forget to put your clock forward and hour on Saturday night when you hop in to bed.
Our tips for the most stress-free, enjoyable Handmade Market experience:
- Parking – If you have concerns about finding a carpark along Constitution Avenue, especially with the Floriade crowd, there is parking underneath the National Convention Centre. It costs $3 for the day. Well worth the convenience!
- Money – Many of our designers have eftpos facilities to take payment, BUT there are smaller indie and emerging designers that don’t, so we recommend you bring along some cash. Although there is an ATM on site (and also one at the nearby Casino) there is usually a line up and it has been known to run out of money! Please note that we do not own or control the ATM, so unfortunately we can not refill it should this occur.
- Time – Not a fan of too much hustle and bustle? Have a sleep in/go out for brunch, then swing by the market in the afternoon. The Handmade Market closes at 4pm, both Saturday and Sunday.
- Plan – If you have come to visit particular designers, or maybe you are on a strict time limit, here is the floor plan. There will also be a list/map of stalls at the main entry to the National Convention Centre and adjacent to the information desk (next to the toilets). Or seek out our friendly ‘Handmade Helpers’ donned in either aprons or fluoro pink vests, for directions.
Please take the time while you are at the Handmade Market to say “hello” to the lovely volunteers from Bosom Buddies and Dragons Abreast. Donations supporting these essential and wonderful organisations would be most appreciated!