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Local Loves: Handmade Winter Virtual Market (our picks)

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Meet some of the products we’re lusting over from this weekend’s Handmade Winter Virtual Market.

By now, we bet you’re getting very excited about the goodness that’s coming your way this Saturday 11 July when Handmade Canberra’s Winter Market throws open its virtual doors at 9 am for 12 hours of supporting makers across Australia.

This will be a very special market after all. Not only are you able to wear your track pants as you shop (winning!), but you’ll also be treated to special deals and discounts from stallholders. And, at the end of the day, you can feel chuffed knowing that you supported small business during these difficult times.

To amp up the inspiration even more, we’ve selected a few of the must-shop items we’re looking forward to snapping up come Saturday…

Bathurst Distillery Australian Dry Gin

I mean honestly, do we even need to explain this pick? The perfect companion for a Canberra winter night is a cocktail, and you can do so much with a humble bottle of gin!

Kasia Jacquot Embroidery Kits

Everyone seems to have taken up embroidery as a COVID hobby—and one look at Kasia Jacquot’s kits will tell you why.

These beautiful kits come with everything you need to create a masterpiece—including linen screen printed with the design, embroidery skeins, needle and instructions. A beautiful wall hanging, a piece of clothing or a cushion cover—how you use your design is up to you.

The Soapstress Body Polish

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If winter skin is starting to get you down, you’ll love @thesoapstress – they’re a small batch soapery with a passion for local ingredients. They work with ethically and sustainably produced plant oils known for their skin nourishing properties. ⁠ ⁠ Dry skin, redness, tightness, irritation, and breakouts are all common in the winter months, but The Soapstress have got a few bits and pieces to save your skin (literally!) until spring. ⁠ ⁠ Keep your hands clean AND nourished with their hand wash and lotion, or maybe try out their coconut & lime exfoliating body polish to gently exfoliate away dry, flaky skin. They also offer a range of body oils for that extra hydration (and touch of luxury!). ⁠ ⁠ Check out their range at thesoapstress.com.au ⁠ ⁠ (link in bio ❤️)

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Give rough and dry winter skin the flick with The Soapstress’s range of nourishing body scrubs, body mousse and body lotions. Our pick is the Lavender Body Mousse…dreamy.

Green Candle Co’s soaps, body products and candles

Relaxation and good hygiene—two things that are essential for us to cope with the current state of our world. Luckily, Green Candle Co’s handmade candles and soaps will grant both of these.


  1. Browse the Handmade Winter Virtual Market Directory here and get excited about what you’re going to buy!
  2. This Saturday 11 July, log onto com.au/category/directory at 9 am to start shopping! Pro tip: You can shop on any digital device, but shop on your tablet or computer for the best user experience.
  3. Support local and small business as much as you like—with some sneaky discounts and deals, too—until 9 pm that evening.
  4. Wait for your goodies to arrive via post!


What: Handmade Winter Virtual Market
When: Saturday 11 July from 9 am–9 pm
Where: handmadecanberra.com.au


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