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Handmade Market is officially a Canberra institution

Handmade Canberra's founder and owner Julie Nichols reckons the markets are "as Canberran as a roundabout".

And now they are officially a "Canberra institution".

Chief Minister Andrew Barr recently bestowed the honour on the markets, now celebrating their 10th year.

"It's a great place to shop and a great place to take visitors," the chief reckoned.

The Handmade Market attracts 120,000 visitors and generates an estimated $15 million in sales per year.

It outgrew Albert Hall, the Yarralumla Woolshed and the Kamberra​ Wine Company, before finding a home at the National Convention Centre.


It is now based at Exhibition Park in Canberra, offering 260 stalls across two halls. More than a quarter of the stalls are brand-new to the market and more than half are exclusive to Handmade Canberra.

Julie says this was designed to "keep it fresh and interesting for repeat and long-term customers, as well as providing the latest in design and food trends to attract new customers".

The Handmade Canberra's Autumn market will be at EPIC on March 17 and 18 from 10am to 4pm.