Southside Market calls Acland Street home

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The Acland Street shopping scene is set to receive some new blood later this month when the Southside Handmade & Vintage Market makes their debut at their new location, The St Kilda RSL, on Saturday 28 April.

Comprising of some 30+ stalls this monthly market will act as a breeding ground for creativity and emerging new talent.

Vintage clothing will also feature highly at this market in various forms thanks to collectors like Belinda Jovanovski from i wish i was a hippie who hand-selects each garment with a nod to her idol Stevie Nicks. But it’s not all bell-bottoms and fringing with creative types like Rebecca Ross of Stone Fever Vintage taking vintage pieces and modifying them with modern twists. Rebecca explains “The environmental and social benefits of purchasing and wearing vintage clothing are huge but not everyone is comfortable to don certain pieces in their original state. I make alterations and additions that make the garments more wearable by today’s standards making vintage clothing more accessible to everyone”.

Emerging fashion designer Mariska Thynne of The Professor’s Daughter will be a regular at the Southside Market. With a boutique collection of colourful work wear and after 5 pieces Mariska literally hand-makes each of her garments and while they are available to purchase online it is her participation in markets such as Southside that affords her valuable face-to-face contact with her customers.

The market will also showcase hobby businesses such as jewellery label Black Diamond Accessories which sprang from Jessica Tichonczuk’s disenchantment with the mass-produced, over-priced earrings available in stores.

It’s not all dresses and jewellery though. Market organiser Anne Freeman promises an eclectic offering at each market: “We really are proud of the Melbourne-made aspect of the market. Market-goers can expect to see gorgeous fine bone china tea cup candles, vintage and kitsch home-wares, children’s clothing and of course we haven’t forgotten the men-folk either! Not only will there be pre-loved and vintage clothes for guys but if it all gets too much they can sit back with an icy cold pint.”

The market should prove to be a great pre-Saturday night stop with the RSL operating the bar from midday, serving up drinks at old-school prices.

The Southside Handmade & Vintage Market will take place at the St Kilda RSL (Level 1, 88 Acland Street) on the last Saturday of the month (except September and December, check dates) from 11am to 4pm.

To go into the draw to win a $100 Southside voucher to be spent at the Saturday 28 April market* simply LIKE their Facebook page and leave a comment on the wall by 5pm Monday 23 April. The winner will be notified on Facebook.

*Not valid to be spent at the RSL bar

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