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Finders Keepers AW 2017

One of my goals for 2017 was getting in Finders Keepers. For those who don’t know, it’s a HUGE design/maker market that runs twice a year at the lovely Royal Exhibition Buildings. I’ve been going since the early days and was always a fan of their ability to attract the best of the best designers and makers.

I applied for the Spring/Summer market last year and didn’t get in. Although I was disappointed, I also wasn’t ready. I hadn’t really worked out my product range and my website and general marketing wasn’t looking so flash. I spent a bit of time over Christmas and January working on my new website. It’s still a work in progress, but I can’t help think that this (plus some decent photography), helped me get into a debut stall for this year. I’m beyond excited, and really feel that my hard work is paying off AND that I can be part of the awesome design community.

I’m definitely give a bit of a post-market wrap-up, but I’ve been working so hard and using every spare block of time to work on this. It’s kinda taken over my life in the last month, but I’m hoping it all pays off!

Post market wrap-up:

If I could describe my first Finders Keepers experience it would be AMAZING! It was one of the most rewarding weekends I’d had in a long time. I didn’t really know what to expect and felt a bit unsure of my work and products with so many talented creatives in one space. The first evening, I remember looking up at the entrance close to 5pm and there was a line right up to Nicholson Street. As soon as the doors opened, a flood of people came through and it literally didn’t stop for the whole weekend.

It exceeded my expectations in every way. I sold more than I thought, but more importantly made some great connections and felt kind of validated afterwards that I should keep going with this pattern-y passion of mine.