With KAMERS/Makers 2018 Stellenbosch just around the corner (it’s running from 30 October to 04 November at Blaauwklippen), I thought that I would share my top 10 finds from previous markets with you. I look forward to this market every year and every year it doesn’t fail to disappoint.
If you don’t know what Kamers is, I can best describe it as a travelling pop up market crammed full with shops. It travels the country far and wide to showcase the most talented local makers. Temptations are abound with home decor, clothes, food, sweet treats, skincare… the list goes on and on. There is something for everyone!
Right, let’s get down to business! In no particular order, of course 😉
1. Coco Africa cake stand
I saw this cake stand at the first Kamers I ever visited. I found the Coco Africa shop a bit late in day, after I had spent my shopping budget for the day 🙁 Walking away was hard, but I couldn’t let myself go so far over budget!
This disappointment taught me to change tactics for my visit the following year. I went and found the Coco Africa stand first and purchased my beloved cake stand. They kindly stored it for me (it was quite heavy!) until I was ready to collect it and go home. From there, I browsed every single store, making mental notes of what I liked. Only once I had walked the market flat did I sort through all the goodies in my mind and decide what to buy. I then made my way to those stores to make my purchases. This tactic worked out quite well!
2. Anne Hodgson wooden teaspoons
Aren’t these spoons just the cutest?! They had to come home with me.
3. Purely Porcelain diffuser sticks
These porcelain handmade flowers are so pretty (pictured above). I feel that they add a pop of uniqueness to your diffuser bottle. Unfortunately kids roughhouse and my bottle with all 3 of my sticks was knocked off the mantel. There were no survivors 🙁 I will be looking for more this year to replace these.
4. Leefi Haute Design cork and Baobab leather bag
I had not planned this purchase at all. This bag caught my eye and I was sold – I’ve used it nearly every single day since I bought it in May 2017 and still adore it.
5. Copper sugar spoon from Porterville Artists
It’s a delicate, copper sugar spoon. Say no more! 😉
6. The Akeelah Slipper from Matsidiso Shoes
These shoes called my name from the second I saw them. I just loved the cut of them. With my first go-round of the market I gazed at them from afar and then walked on; I just couldn’t spend that amount of money on a pair of shoes! With my second go-round of the market, I decided to try them on. What’s the harm in that, right?! Well, that was it. I had to phone my husband and tell him that he had just bought me a birthday present! They were the most comfortable shoes I had ever tried on in my life. I felt like I was walking on air. I was sold.
The customer service was also fantastic. You see, I didn’t really like any of the colours that they had in my size. Do you know what they did? They e-mailed me a whole selection of leathers and colours. Since they had to make my shoes up from scratch, I could choose anything that I wanted. How awesome is that? I eventually settled on the diesel brown, because it felt like a good neutral which I could wear with anything. I waited about 2 weeks for these beauties to be made and shipped to me, but I can promise you that it was worth the wait.
Oh, and don’t worry my international friends – they have international shipping!!
Never in a million years would I have thought that I would own a pair of handmade leather shoes, but there you have it – you just never know what you’re going to find at Kamers!
7. Skin Creamery’s Baobab, Bentonite and Buchu facial cleansing powder
This natural powder can be used both as an exfoliator (just add a bit of water) or as a facial mask (I use a bit of honey for it’s antibacterial properties). I just love how it makes my skin feel! And yes, they too have international shipping 😀
8. Hallo Jane “I lost my heart in Africa” necklace
I had always wanted one of these necklaces (it’s spoken to me ever since the day I saw it online), so when I spotted it at the Hallo Jane pop up, I grabbed it – I knew that I would get lots of wear from it! More international shipping available!
9. Daily & weekly planner from Sammy Sheppard Art
A beautiful daily ring bound planner with proteas on the cover? Sold! A pretty weekly desk planner with proteas I can colour in? Sold again! *Sigh*, I’m so easy hahaha
10. Towel-lined kikoys from Kikoy ZA
I had wanted cotten towels/throws for a while, so when I saw these, I grabbed them. They are easy for the beach, as a throw at home; or even as a towel. They are obviously not used as towels – I think that they are way to pretty for that!
Now, you may be wondering where my ever present Threads That Bind Us napkins are. I have to tell you that while I did find the most talented Leila and Emma at Kamers, I didn’t actually purchase anything from them there. *Insert gasp here*. There are those pesky budget constraints again! When I was ready to purchase, I tracked them down at another market and placed my order through them there – my white and blue “fynbos” napkins! And just as an FYI… they have a stockist in Hawaii!
That’s it – 10 (or more) of my favourite purchases from Kamers. My photos exclude of course the food that was eaten and drink that was drunken, I obviously had no time for photos of those items!
I hope that you found this helpful and that I’ve helped you decide if the ticket money was worth it! For me, it definitely was! Also, as much as I love my kiddos, I left them at home (under excellent supervision, obvs!) while I’ve gone shopping. No whinging because they’re hungry. No moaning because they’re thirsty and no whining because they’re bored… bliss!
Speaking of ticket money, it’s R 60 online (not yet open – I’ll let you know when) and R 90 at the door. I’ll put the link here again if you want more info 🙂
Let me know if you will be going and on which day – we might see each other there!