Gathered SA VIP Style Challenge

Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan + Aurora Banez + Rachael Sia
Featured image + promotional poster sourced from GatheredSA website

Owner and director Jenna O’Dell has successfully hosted Gathered SA as a mecca of all things South Australian. Now back in its 4th year, Gathered SA hopes to present with an eclectic selection of local businesses that will come together and showcase with pride what our little state has on offer.

Setting up camp in the gorgeous Queens Theatre on Playhouse Lane (just off Currie Street in the Adelaide CBD), the spacious venue offers customers with the opportunity to wander, explore, and discover some true South Australian gems.

Confetti heaven! Dream team accessories by: @gatheredsa

Start off your market experience by having a wander and exploring the many, many incredible businesses that will offer products for you to fall in love with. Take in the inclusive, supportive, and feel-good ambience by having a chat with the stallholders about their products. Learn about what their businesses are all about and how they might fit with your ideals and principles.

Wholesome paella by El Choto Paella Catering

After adoring all the businesses around the Theatre, stop and re-fuel by visiting one of these lovely businesses for your food / drink needs:

A Gin lover’s dream come true. Henna art by Cara Archer from @caracreative

Looking to bring some new life to your fashion style? Check out the beautiful works by local fashion designers such as NaMOI Designs, jewellery by Allie Handmade Jewellery and/or Hunt Jewellery, and accessories by Behind the Door.  Create a bold statement by selecting from a pleasing palette of makeup by Reb Cosmetics and pick up a clutch bag by Native & Indigenous-themed Wattle Cove to complete the look!

Gorgeous jewellery by Allie Handmade Jewellery

Looking for something for the gentleman in your life? Why not stop by Hommes Uniques, where you can find an assortment of gifts to takes your man’s grooming skills to the next level!

Regardless of your gender, it is important to take great care of your skin, and that’s exactly what the products by Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez, Florentine Gold, and Fae + Wildling aim to provide with you, with their extensive ranges of skincare products, each of which come in unique and minimalist-friendly packaging!

What about freshening up your home décor details? Eyeing the b-e-a-u-tiful wreaths by Flowers in Nature, gorgeous artwork by Elicia Jane, Art by Hailey, and Blupebbleroad, stylish and well-carved wood pieces by Naturally Craft, relaxing soy candles by Pixie & Co., adorable potted plants for the pun lover in you by abode WARES, timber + acrylic-etched homewares by Cutting Etch Designs, and comfy cushions by Adelaide Curtain Makers are just a few recommendations! Want something artsy but on a smaller scale? Check out the gorgeous black & white postcard-sized cards by Emma Rooke – I bought the raccoon postcard at a previous market and it has since called a nook in my study space its new home!

Need something for the kids? You’re in luck – combine some cute unicorn headbands by Cute2Hoot, colorful baby top knot headbands + bloomers by Little Miss Sunshine, and toys that promote imagination play via the adorable fabric / felt material toys by Chook Shed Designs! Looking for something to spruce up the young one’s room – you might find some calming and appealing patterns splashed across wall hangings, cushions, mobiles, and blankets by Marnie + Mister!

Felt fabric cheese board by Chook Shed Designs

There will also be live entertainment by some truly talented musicians – Kat Raynor and Elli Belle – so don’t be shy to get your dancing shoes on and sport on a big, happy smile as the ladies whisk you away in a feel-good acoustic musical universe! Add to the atmosphere by getting some henna art done by the creative talent Cara Archer!

Henna art by Cara Archer on Aurora Banez

Phew! That’s a LOT of amazing local businesses that have been mentioned, but it is so important to familiarize yourselves with every single business, because there’s nothing like supporting local – especially when their products and services not only promise, but DELIVER with nothing short of top quality for whatever category (fashion / skincare / homeware / food / drink) that aligns with your interests!

If you’re looking for a weekend that has live music, is packed with delicious food and drink, is family-friendly, and runs on the concept of supporting all things local and South Australian, then this Gathered SA is the perfect spot to tick all those boxes!

Team effort with Aurora Banez, with thanks to props by @lillianthusfloral // @casolightnsound //@festivalhire // @cassieyoung_pr //@bytheoaktree // @applewooddistillery // @tomichwines. Photo by Rachael Sia

Full directory of local, South Australian businesses can also be found here.

Special thanks to Cassie Young for organizing the ‘Gathered’ Market VIP Style Challenge, to Aurora Banez for taking me along as her photographer for the event, and to the various stall businesses + the team at Gathered SA for their generous hospitality throughout the event.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram page for more highlights on some of these incredible businesses, which will be popping up on my feed next week. And don’t forget to support local!

Queens Theatre

Market dates
April 14 + 15 (in 3 weekends’ time!)
August 4 + 5
November 17 + 18

Social media
Facebook / Instagram

$2 entry
FREE entry for children under 10 years of age

Image sourced from official website

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