Finders Keepers Market - Sydney

Earlier this month we travelled to Sydney to exhibit at The Finders Keepers event for the first time, and we were blown away by the scenic location of The Cutaway and the beautiful rock wall that we got to gaze at all weekend.  Seriously, it’s worth a visit!

Many of you that follow us on social media came by to say hello, and to see our creations in the flesh.  It was such a delight to hear all your lovely comments and have so much support, despite it being our debut market in Sydney.  The feedback that we receive direct from you all during these markets is priceless.  It’s what helps us to grow, develop and improve moving forward.

One of my personal highlights of the event was listening to the ‘Chinwags with Frankie’ interviews on stage, and listening to designer/makers speak with such beautiful, raw honesty about their individual journeys, and some of the challenges that they face.  We all have our own stories and journeys, but often all we see or hear about are the shiny, glossy things.  Not so much the obstacles, challenges or difficulties that we each encounter along the way.  Juggling the pursuit of your creative dreams and balancing that with financial stability and family life.

Rowena from High Tea with Mrs Woo made me feel all soft and gooey on the inside when she spoke about how there is plenty of market share for all of us designers/makers, and that we should be supporting, encouraging and building up our fellow stallholders, rather than seeing them as competition.  We all have uniqueness in what we do, and it should be celebrated and encouraged.  We can’t be everything to everyone, and why would you want to try!

We should all be sharing our knowledge and experiences with each other and encouraging others to have a go, rather than taking the attitude that it may have taken you 10 years to gain your knowledge and keeping it all close to your chest.   

I know during our own journey we have faced both extremes in attitude.  Those that don’t want to give you the time of day, and then there are those that go out of their way to help you, encourage you and build you up.  What goes around, comes around I say.

Thanks to The Finders Keepers for allowing us to be a part of this amazing event, and all you Sydney siders who came out to support it and us.  The Matta Community has grown as a result.

Until next time.