Shop for Handmade goodies from your home

Shop for Handmade goodies from your home

Canberra’s always popular Handmade market is gaining new fans across Australia following its move to an online market shopping event. While the physical event currently can’t go ahead in the current environment, it’s still possible to find that must-have item for your home or self-care gift.


We chat to Handmade founder Julie Nichols about her online spring market happening on Saturday 26 September and learn what’s on her coveted ‘must buy’ list.

  1. This is the fourth virtual Handmade. How did the first one go?

    'We had a whole six days to get the first one across the line but we got there. The online markets have been remarkably like our real-life markets, from customer excitement, thousands of hits to the website, peaks and troughs throughout the day including 'lunch breaks' plus incredible sales for our Australian-made designers. We had 29,000 unique customers from all over Australia and quite a few from overseas as well looking for Australian made. Over the course of the first online market we had an amazing 195,000 page views. We were blown away with how wonderfully supportive everyone is.'

  2. Explain how the upcoming spring online market will work

    'You are invited to shop from the comfort of your living room, on Saturday 26 September via our Handmade Canberra website. Most designers have special market-day offers that won't be visible or available until we 'go live' at 9am all the way through until 9pm. Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. You can start making your shopping list by visiting our directory to see who is 'coming' on the day. Purchases are made directly with the stallholder.'

  3. What item produced by your makers is currently selling like hot cakes?

    'Ohh, that's a tough one!  It's a tight race between skin care products and homewares. Given the amount of time people are spending at home the desire to practice self-care and spruce up the 'home office' is real... handmade products are flying out the door!'

  4. If you had to pick five items to buy from Handmade, what would you buy?

    1. A handmade facemask, we have a round-up of makers here and a saved list on our Instagram stories as well. 

    2. Coffee beans with something delicious from the gourmet pantry.

    3. A new outfit for your wardrobe to help hurry spring along.

    4. A folding picnic wine table to help transition into staycations.

    5. Take up a new hobby or send a care package to a friend in Melbourne.

  5. What’s the most quirky or innovative product being sold at Handmade?

    'It would have to be a 3D scanned lifetime wooden portrait! Did somebody say gift idea?'

  6. Finish this sentence: Canberra is more than…

    'meets the eye... it's unique and our Canberra customers are fabulously loyal!'

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