On these pages, you'll find everything you need to know about how to apply for a Finders Keepers market. We also invite you to explore our many years’ worth of handy hints, tips and tricks!
First up please read our Application Criteria and Stallholder FAQ's in full before applying, and our Options & Fees for more info. These both contain vital information about our processes and will answer most of your questions. You'll also find useful Resources on applying for the markets.
We’re excited to make our markets more accessible for emerging designers, bringing back our well-known and loved debut stalls!
These stalls are an accessible option for first-time stallholders, with two options available: The standard debut stall is now bigger at 2m x 2m square, and we also offer our fashion debut stall with more room for clothing racks at 3m x 2m.
The debut option is for first-time sellers only, and is only valid for your first Finders Keepers market, regardless of city.
Debut stalls are very limited in number and we only offer approximately 20 debut spots per market! This means that the debut option is very sought after and we highly recommend selecting a secondary stall option.
Also to note: If it's your first time applying for a Finders Keepers market, you don't have to choose our debut option, you can still elect for a regular or larger stall too.
We now have two size options for you to share with another designer: 4m x 2m and 6m x 2m. Pool your resources, share the load and the love and work together to bring your special store to life!
A buddy stall is when you share a stall that is essentially split into two spaces, that work harmoniously together. This could be a great brand collaboration that crosses over, two brands run by the same operator or two like-minded brands that want to work together and share resources. You will still be listed and recognised as two brands. To apply for a buddy stall you must submit one application with both brands included.
Important to note: You will have one primary account holder and only a few additional fields on the application form for your buddy. So you will need to make sure both brands' information, stall images and marketing images are included together, for curation and marketing purposes.
Support & Community
We want to make the Finders Keepers community as accessible as possible so we’re offering more options this year, as well as payment plans to help with your small business cash flow.
Once you're part of our stallholder community, you will have access to a dedicated stallholder Facebook support group and many more new resources to support you and your creative business along the way.
Ooh, fun! If you’ve got an idea to activate at our events, or you’d like to partner with us to sponsor The Finders Keepers, we’re all ears! We love to brainstorm new ways to make our events even better, working alongside like-minded brands.
Submit your ideas for activations and workshops here, and get in touch to sponsor The Finders Keepers here.
The Finders Keepers is dedicated to nurturing and growing the support for Indigenous makers in Australia. Over the past 15 years we've built a strong reputation in the art and design community as a key platform for emerging business owners to gain exposure and develop brand presence in a competitive marketplace.
You can read more about our Indigenous Program here, and fill out an Expression of Interest form to be considered. We can't wait to hear from you!
Stallholder applications for upcoming markets are under the Apply Now page. The forms are only available for a few weeks and can only be accessed when the application is marked as 'OPEN NOW'. If it says 'UPCOMING' please check back on its opening date. The application schedule will outline openings and due dates for applications.
Applying as a food or drinks business? Applications for designers and food/drink are separated due to different requirements and processes for each; please see application schedule for more information.
Filling out an application for the first time? When starting your application you will be asked to enter your email address and choose a password. This will become your new account login upon application submission. (Please note, you won't be able to set up an account outside of the application open times).
What do I need to Apply? You'll be required to share some business details, product images and necessary documentation. We'd suggest preparing these details before you start the application process. We also highly recommend you apply from a desktop computer and not a smartphone or tablet.
Already have a log in? If you've applied for a Finders Keepers market with us since SS17, your details will be pre-saved and this will help streamline the process for you. You'll need to login to your account and complete a new application form. Huzzah!
Once you complete your application, you will receive TWO confirmations.
Missed the application dates and want to apply? Sorry you missed out! Once applications are closed we will also have a waitlist application link available for late applications. Due to changes sometimes spots can become available.
Please note: you will not be contacted unless you fill a waiting list spot that we require.
So you're on the waitlist, what does that mean? A Waitlist position is not necessarily a no! Being on the waitlist means we think your work is wonderful, so we would love to consider your brand should we have any positions become available within your stall category and size. Read more here.
Other important bits: The Finders Keepers does not accept 'expressions of interest' emails as part of the application process. You are required to process a formal application. In addition, The Finders Keepers Markets are for Australian-based residents only, and you will be required to supply an ABN (Australian Business Number) to be part of our events.
"I love how Finders Keepers brings together makers from all over Australia and creates such a strong badass community. Each event always has a real family vibe (just like a family reunion) where you get to catch up with your interstate mates and meet so many new like minded creatives."
"Since I started working with FK it's been nothing but love. The support, communication, and opportunities are outstanding. It's given my little business the platform to grow and bloom in so many ways. People that come to Finders Keepers are there to meet the makers. They care about the love we put into making our creations. There is something super special about that connection."
"We've made special friendships and important business contacts from markets over the years – Finders Keepers have shaped our lives, lifestyle and business in many great ways."