One of my favourite things to do on weekends is to explore the various events happening around Singapore. Flea markets are one of my favourite events to visit. Having once been a seller myself, I can empathise with the work required to bring a booth together, especially for those who sell hand-made items and they definitely deserve the support.
Fleas are alway great places to meet like-minded creatives who are usually really friendly and have their own stories to tell on how they came up with their products. It’s great to find little treasures ranging from props and accessories to food and skin care.
Public Garden is one of the more well organised and regular events with a great range of filtered sellers. They focus more on independent businesses and creative individuals who offer mainly hand-made or vintage finds.
Below is a mainly photographic journey of my finds over a few weekends at Public Garden’s flea market held at TripleOne Somerset.
Couldn’t help but notice these little minions at Dorohouse Terrarium’s booth along with other cute little animals. These are decorations for the terrariums which can be customised. I’ve passed my terrariums phase, but the little decorations are lovely. Might commission a little elephant for display.
Eyeing these titanium quartz necklaces from 3125. A very raw, edgy look that signifies strength to me. Shall add this to my wish list. If, like me, you’re wondering why the name 3125, it’s from the bible… “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”—Proverbs 31:25. It all makes sense now and very apt.
These concrete decorations make me reminisce my lifestyle in Brisbane, where instead of just playing on computers my dad would teach us to make aquarium decorations out of concrete. Nearly 2 decades back, my skills were rather rough compared to these decorations with a polished finish by The Half Half. Their range includes planters, coasters and lettering. I couldn’t resist getting the “LOVE” set which includes the “O” in a gold foiled ring form. My friends all know I’m a sucker for sentimental and corny things.
The Half Half: instagram
A delightful range of artworks are available by Miss Heather, the original art is all hand painted. The postcards and recipes are prints. Great to send little notes to friends through the post. Couldn’t help but to get some to post out—I did mention I’m quite sentimental, but why not surprise someone with a handwritten card which means much more than an email.
Miss Heather: instagram
Previously I purchased a set of polishes from Jacqueline Burchell‘s Fizzy Candy range and was delighted by their service and product. This visit left me a little disappointed with their service as I had to go back to the booth twice and was ignored twice with the sales person deciding to answer annoying questions by another customer, then not paying any attention to me even when all was quiet. Took the annoying customer’s friend to highlight to her that I might need some assistance since I was standing at the booth patiently for over 5 minutes looking at the products and looking at the sales person with the “I would like some service” look. Maybe my body language wasn’t strong enough. Even whilst assisting me it felt like she rather not have the sales. I ended up buying a set of Brush-On-Gel polishes anyways because I support local brands, love nail polishes and have an itch to try new products. But still very annoyed with the service. Maybe because I was carrying a camera around—do I look like I just want to take photos and not buy anything? Or I don’t look worthy of the products? Service is really a factor when it comes to buying decisions.
I used to make origami earrings when I had the time, but these are a level up. The jewellery range by Conetira has a very clean finish and comes in a wide range of origami prints and jewellery designs.
How could any girl walk past a jewellery sale? I indulged and bought myself one or two… ok maybe three pairs of earrings from Flea & Trees. But I haven’t bought jewellery for myself in a very long time. Justified!
I miss practising calligraphy and all my tools & inks back home in Brisbane. These lovely bookmarks by Patty Paperie would make simple, thoughtful gifts for friends. The seller is really friendly too. Check out her instagram to see what she’s up to.
Can’t wait for my next adventure to Public Garden. Haven’t had the chance to visit the National Museum fleas yet, but will make it a point to go. Will be back with more photos of the interesting flea finds.