ChicFinds loves a market and Suitcase Rummage is a fantastic new concept.
Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market held all over Australia, Perth, Sydney, Queensland and more.
Here is their story;
Isabel FitzGerald and Daniele Constance started Suitcase Rummage over a cup of tea and a brainstorming session.
“We wanted to create an event that we wanted to attend ourselves. We wanted simplicity, we wanted beauty, we wanted local and we wanted community. We loved old suitcases and so the idea started to grow.
There were also a few things that were important to us which we wanted to infuse into the project we were creating – that it was something to connect community; support local creative industries, design and production; encouraged sustainable practices; was accessible; and used place-making as a way of reinvigorating and creatively activating spaces. So, we came up with Suitcase Rummage which combined these and ultimately (and importantly) brought people ‘back to the town square’.
We also realised that there wasn’t a platform for emerging entrepreneurs to test their goods on the market before signing up to one of the bigger markets where vendors might need their own infrastructure, insurance and often need to cover high application fees. We saw a need for a step before this and believed Suitcase Rummage would fill this gap – supporting arts and culture, emerging entrepreuners and small business without the high risk.
At the time, we had heard Brisbane City Council was looking for ways to activate public spaces and so approached them with a few ideas. Council liked the idea and wanted to support it as a one off event as part of Youth Week 2010. We were blown away by the response to our first event – we ended up with 60 stalls and lots of attendees.
Since then, there has been so much wonderful support from the different local communities that Suitcase Rummage has now grown to be a regular, monthly event in Brisbane and Melbourne – both of which attract up to 150 stalls! We have also collaborated (and continue to collaborate) with a number of festivals including Home Festival, St Jeromes Laneway Festival, Surfers Paradise OneWay Street Festival, Jumpers & Jazz Festival in Warwick, and one-off vintage and community festivals. We’ve worked in partnership with Councils, venues, businesses and community organisations to deliver the various events.
Suitcase Rummage provides a platform and opportunity for creative ideas and initiatives to be planted, tested, nurtured and grown. There is a sense of community that comes with the event which people are drawn to. We believe that supporting and engaging with arts and cultural industries is vital to a healthy and connected community. What place doesn’t thrive when it has a flourishing arts and cultural industry?”
The search for nice children’s wear, footwear and accessories continues! On my visits to most states around Australia I continually bump into the same type of product in the children’s boutiques that I visit. Bright and laree colours, logo’s and funny (but not) t-shirts or over frilly and over embellished. Say nothing of the hideous footwear and cheap accessories. Until recently when Chicfinds found a beautiful boutique in Clovelly, Sydney.
The Kido Store has to be the best store I have found to date in Australia. There is a beautiful mix of product from home wares to optical and everything is different and unique. I love the footwear collections! The most gorgeous brands and favourite of all is Anniel from Montebulluna in Italy. Anniel was established in 1976 and is all hand made with a strong inspiration coming from ballet tradition. It is well known for its unique design and highest quality.
Another brand to have a look at is Manuela de Juan. The footwear is beautiful and hand made in Spain. There is something for everyone in the collection from casual to dressy.
There is a beautiful mix of clothing and accessories. One of the stand out accessory brands is y Atsuyo et Akiko; a brand from Brooklyn, NY. Delicate and well put together the accessories are whimsical and pretty without being tacky. They have a theatrical feel to them which resonates also in their clothing. Another favourite accessory brand is the funky optical rang from Son’s and Daughters.
One of my favourite clothing brands in Kido is Louise Misha from Paris. A gorgeous French brand that has lovely cuts, colours and prints with a true French feel reminiscent of Bonpoint and Marie Chantal but at half the price. Dresses come in at around $129.00. By the way in case you didn’t know the wonderful Grace Tales by Georgie Abay creator of knitwear line Atelier/Child has a shopping facility on her web site and it is very Chic! http://thegracetales.com/about/
The boutique is in Clovelly and has a pop up store in Enmore plus they operate a very good online boutique.
Latitude is a online market place for unique product from exotic places around the globe including India, Africa, Morocco to name a few. You can find unique product including hand printed silk pillow cases from Brazil, Istanbul and Mexico, woven sterling silver smart phone bag from Istanbul, hand-made exquisite jewellery from India.
It is a luxury bazaar online. A dream come true for those that like to browse for hours in the Medina’s of Morocco, find markets and unique boutiques in faraway and hidden places.
The web site and blog are amazing as you can shop the trend; “The Tassell” , “Jet Set Chic” , “Tribal” and more. It’s a trip away with guides and info as well as the most amazing selection of product for the chic and savvy shopper.
Chicfinds loves the jewellery, drop down pear earrings, the tassell necklaces, Boho shirts and hippy chic bikini’s. The hats and bags are to die for with the most beautiful espadrilles and accessories. You can not go wrong here. Shop and visit your destination and enjoy the journey!
I know it’s passed but I have a strong nostalgia for the beautiful Spring/Summer 13 collection of Bottega Veneta as Autumn breaks through and shows it’s earth spectrum of colour.
So feminine and beautifully tailored in silk crepe with the daisy print…
Feeling a sleeve and a knee length is kind of nice at the end of summer as the days become shorter and the tones get warmer. Even a transparent hosiery with a strappy sandal feels like a good idea after flip flops and lace up loafers.
Get Chic with the change of season and check in at ChicFinds for the inspiration. X
Are you wanting to make over any part of your home? Refresh it with something but you don’t want to spend a lot of money replacing everything, you just want another point of view. There are many ways to revive a room be it the kitchen or the nursery. Sometimes it can be as simple as a curtain, blind or feature wall. Often a new set of cushions or a beautiful object. Creating harmony can often be the challenge. Lighting, tones and symmetry are key to creating a space that feels just right.
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From a photo I will suggest to you ideas on repositioning the furniture, introduction of blinds or curtains or fabric. Sometimes it is the balance of textures, prints and tones that can put an imprint on a room.
Often rooms need a point of focus or a symmetry in terms of the height of furiture or lighthing. To create this symmetry or focus you can also use greenery. Plants often soften a space and create a feeling of freshness and by introducing the greenery it can offset wood or colours very well.
Despite living in doors our natures love the outdoors and that feeling of nature, lying under a starry sky or sleeping on the beach while hearing the waves crash on the sand. Having some of that nature indoors with use helps us relax and creates a serentity within our living space.
Picking homewares is the same as picking our clothing. It has to come together and have a synergy. The tricks of the trade are not written on the walls so if you need a helping hand, send me the list of your three new followers of ChicFinds and a photo of your space and I will send you 5 very good pointers in the direction of recreating the space.
Look forward to creating with you!
Looking for something but you just can’t find it? A beautiful unique piece, something for a party, a darling dress for bebe or just a special home wares. Hard to Find is one of the most fantastic finds so far on Chicfinds. It has it all. Beautifully researched product from all around the world. From home wares including amazing wallpaper, beach umbrella’s linen and gorgeous Children products, Hard to Find is definitely worth looking at when you are feeling like a Good shop. They have an amazing selection in gifts and decorations for Xmas and any other event. Inspired by lime green this month I went hunting for some lime green and that’s how I found it.
https://www.hardtofind.com.au/page/story “Hardtofind is an Australian shopping website featuring beautifully designed, hand-crafted, unique products – homewares, gorgeous gifts, kids’ stuff and accessories – that are not easily sourced elsewhere. As working mothers with little time for shopping beyond the basics, we realised that there was a gap in the online market for a quality website where you could rely on finding only the best available.”
Not only does the online store offer some unique and amazing product it also has a E Magazine for inspiration and a blog with more references to other shopping avenues and stories.
Enjoy, I know it won’t be hard.