I put together this post after much uhming and awing. I was hesitant to post this ’cause a) I didn’t really have a strategy going into Kamers, I was a bit like a magpie – drawn to anything shiny; neglecting to actually take quality pictures that would facilitate a narrative and b) Kamers has been and gone.
(Also sims freeplay has JUST finished downloading to my phone and 10 year old me wants nothing but to play until the birds start chirping.)
I decided Sims can wait, my confused imagery can be salvaged and Kamers graces a city near you often enough for this to be relevant. Plus, I need to get into the swing of actually watering my blog with posts.
I just opened the Sims App *excited screams* – I can multitask, right?
I entered my age as 18. I have not been 18 for 2 years.
HOW DO I STOP PLAYING THIS GAME
Did you know the green diamond thing above a Sims head is called a Plumbob?
ALRIGHT, interlude over. Kamers is steadily becoming one of my favourite places to mooch around. I’ve been going with good ol’ ma and pa for the last four years and every year I’m surprised by new and exciting makers in South Africa.
Kamers has something for everyone from things to fill your tummy, wardrobe and home to a quiet, shady spot for my dad to sit ‘n’ read while mom and I browse. Each season brings together sellers new and old from across the country with a particular emphasis on things-you-wouldn’t-find-at-Sandton. Despite being slightly disappointed that I couldn’t find anything veg-friendly besides olives and cakes, I was sufficiently satisfied with the calibre of the products on display.
This year I was particularly drawn to the following sellers, brands and products:
Bofberg Flowers’s glorious fynbos and protea offerings should be a staple in every room of every household. The stall is usually set up right near the entrance providing the perfect welcome to local shoppers.
DAYFEELS Ceramics and Illustrations
(You’ll start noticing a theme of ceramics from here on out – blame The Great Pottery Throw Down for that.) Amor’s creations were definitely my fave of the entire market. Her simple illustrations and quirky ceramics stole my heart the minute I walked into the space she shared with fellow Cape Town creatives Hannah Lavery and Iloni Jewellery. I particularly want the boob and the bum bowl to fill with sweets and surprise anyone who dares finish the bowl. I want her shy girl prints dotted around the flat I don’t own. I want it all.
Woo-hoo, I did it! I finally, finally found a skincare brand that’s organic and cruelty free – or rather, it found me through their very lovely saleswoman. Skin Creamery products appear to be just as amazing as their packaging. (Lovely saleswoman gave me a sample of their face and body cream which sorted out my crackly hands and knobbly knees for the rest of the day.) I really cannot gab on enough about how pleased I am when I find brands that are not only cruelty free and organic but proudly South African too. Swoon.
STORM IN A TEACUP
With products just as cute as their name, I couldn’t resist snapping a pic. One day when I grow up I’ll drink my grass shots and special fancy elixirs out of these blue gems.
THIA DE VOS CERAMICS**
Thia’s stand really stood out (ha!). My limited photographic ability really does not do it justice. It was like a tea party in a bookshop and it was lovely. Her ceramics are just as praise-worthy with mugs, cups, bowls, plates and cake stands intricately dotted and decorated. There’s even an adorable range for little ones which features little bunnies going on little adventures.
**If you’re interested in Thia’s work you can contact her via email.
EAT A BIT
These reindeer fruit bowls at the Eat a Bit stand amused me thoroughly. Heck, they still amuse me thoroughly. I’m mentally pinning them to take along as a gift to every housewarming party I ever go to. To avoid being labelled as predictable, perhaps I’ll switch things up with the feeted-pots.
These pretty petals make any old reed diffuser ever-more charming. I want a whole bouquet.
Can I just be a ceramicist already?
Oh, Nina. (I’m really running out of ways to express how much I love ceramics.) Nina’s range of products, with its blue hues and gold accents, is just dreamy. I’ll let her stand do the talking, I’m at a loss here.
MR & MRS Jewellery
I’m a sucker for jewelled jewellery (and this ceramic hand). Mr & Mrs jewellery displays semiprecious stones in just the way nature would have intended – simple and sophisticated.
If you haven’t already heard of and tasted Sumting Fresh, you have been living under the worst rock. These guys do something magical with their chicken dishes and I regret my decision to go veg everytime I hear the shouts of “Who’s your Daddy!” and wiffs of fried chicken coming from their stall. (If you ask really nicely though, they might let you have a chip roll with all the bells and whistles.) Their jam jars were a first for me this Kamers and they didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Can I get a wawa?
I trust all this was enough to get you to the next Kamers?