ArtMart Prowl 4: The B.I.G Design Market

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<Taking a DEEEP Breath>…

This is IT folks!

The BIG Kahuna of ALL design markets on the Australian continent!
It has been more than a month since I walked up to the Royal Exhibition Building with IMMENSE anticipation… and am still about to spazz while writing this!

<exhale>

It was Friday, 9:30am, when I hopped on the 109 to get a head start into an awesome day. Well, the 20-minute walk up “Sadist Hill” from my BFFs’ home was certainly NOT any of the highlights of my days there, but heck, it’s The B.I.G Design Market weekend!!! EAU MA GERD!

Got off at St. Vincent’s stop just at the cusp of CBD zone and I could literally feel a sudden surge of adrenaline coursing thru my veins! LOL!!

Tote Bag? Check.
Extra tote bag for J.I.C situations? Check.
$$$? Check
Phone charger? Check
Keep CALM & BREATHE!! Check check

ArtMart Prowl 4: The B.I.G Design Market, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

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Hello! Hellooo!!
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One of the food trucks arrived early for lunch set up…
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Spazz! Spazz! I’m so excited immabout to pee in my pants!… ok i think i REALLY gotta run to the restroom..
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Normal people’s reaction: “Ok, we’re here…”   My reaction: “omigawdomigawdomigawd”
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Excited Early Birds crowding at the Reception desk…
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… which looks like this when the Madding Crowd disperses…
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PAUSE. BREATHE. Take in the Beauty…
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Centerpiece installation to designate dining zone…
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Standing in the crowd, soaking in the exquisiteness… I’m about to weep… and I haven’t even LOOKED at the merchandise galore yet!
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And the Serious Scouting begins!
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there are many things to be thankful for… like maximum luggage weight of 30kgs… definitely sorts out my purchasing priorities!
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YooHoo Otto! I see U!! LOVE yr stuff!
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Apprentice sent a request for Skulk of Foxes merch… she’d go bonkers if she was here with me.
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Gettin a bit crowded in here… and gettin cross-eyed too…
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cool light fixtures
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so many GORGEOUS things to NOT get!!
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High Tea with Mrs Woo is HERE! The design collaboration between three sisters are an established brand from NSW.
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Stop. Look. Drool. Smile. Walk away…
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How Cute are Those?!!
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…trudge, trudge, trudge…
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Simple, collapsible bike stands… and those accessories look super cute too
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I’ve only covered half of the Market and it’s lunch time already.. Yay for sunshine so that I can enjoy my Egg sandwich outdoors🙂
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Food delivery service to the shopkeepers who literally can’t leave their booths. Great Idea!
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Always packed with people…
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Charming!
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These terrariums were SO DETAILED!! There were magnifying glasses for patrons to truly appreciate the effort put into creating whimsical pieces…
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At the quieter corner of the venue, another casual dining/ resting zone was created especially for those with young children.. and for nursing mothers too. Two thumbs up!
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Great idea by Myrtle & Moss to provide simple luxury in the restrooms… and directions to their booth in the massive Market🙂
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Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
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LOL!! Chalk-pendant shade🙂 I LIKES!
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Retro funky speakers, mates!
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My favorite purchase of the day. Got a few more for loved ones. Renee Treml, U Rock!

Obviously, there were LOTS more I didn’t get to upload here. So, if you plan to visit Melbourne in 2014, get there when the BIG circus puts on a show….

I need to lie down now…

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Tee Hee!!🙂

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