Yesterday was a super long day! It's the first time I've travelled so far for a market (from Sydney to Newcastle) and I'm not sure I'd do it again. It was quite nice and relaxing on the way there, it felt like we were going on a holiday! But when it came to the drive home at 9pm there was more of a desperation to get home, especially after a day at the market which is always fairly exhausting.
The market itself was somewhere in the middle for me, I didn't love it and didn't hate it. It was a mix of handmade, beautifully designed items to some fairly generic hippyish stalls and then what looked like some mass produced trashy items (it sounds like I'm describing Glebe market). It definitely had a heavier focus on handmade items than Glebe tends to have. The vibe of the market was great! There was live music in every section which everyone seemed to be getting right into and the Novocastrians are really super nice people. So all in all it was pretty good and sales were good, but I still have a slight feeling of disappointment. I think I'll put it down to the the fact that it was my first market after Finders Keepers which has the ability to make any market look a little mediocre.
Now that I've done a general rave about the market, there were a couple of stalls that stood out for me. The first one was a stall that sold sculptures made from reused objects. The sculptures that really caught my eye were these amazingly awesome robots! The robot in the first photo was my favourite and I would've loved to have taken it home with me! They are made by Old Made and can be found in a shop in Newcastle called Make Space, 18 Wolfe St Newcastle. They are closed during January but will reopen in February. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with Old Made you can send an email to email@example.com.
The second stand out stall was one that sold tea cosies. I'm not too sure what it was that I loved so much about these tea cosies, I have never been into tea cosies and I'm not convinced I'll ever own one but they were just so whimsical and quaint!