The rain is lashing down outside, it’s cold and gloomy, you’re wrapped up in a blanket next to a roaring fire dreaming of far away countries with exotic sun, bustling markets full of unique items, taste-bud tantalising and exciting cuisines being thrust upon you… it all seems like a world away when you’re at home after work, surfing the net checking up on the usual email/facebook/etc etc.

Ok, so I can’t recreate a beach for you. I can’t set up heat lamps to blast away the winter blues and give you a quick roast with a tanning lamp while serving you Pina Coladas under an inflatable palm tree. But I can open your eyes to Robin Street Market (www.robinstreetmarket.com), an innovative Australian website that enables you to access kitsch individual items from all over the world!

Can’t trawl through a South East Asian market for a cute purse for a loved one? Can’t pop over to South Africa for a salad bowl? Japan that little bit too far to get your mitts on an 100% silk scarf? Click on the flags adorning their world map and have a browse of all the products which range from jewellery, city plan prints, ceramics, cushions, footwear, stationary and clothing.

Sharon and David, the Melbourne couple who founded the market, sum up the website perfectly:

“In my opinion 3 of the most enjoyable things in life include travelling, buying unique and handmade goodies, and of course enjoying good food with friends and family.  Robin Street Market is about all 3.  You can browse our market stalls which are filled with handmade and unique items from around the world, find out about the people who created them, and also read tales about our experiences in faraway places.  And every now and then you get to read a bit about food we enjoyed as well!”

I personally am a big fan of the jewellery, especially these intricate “Wound Up” pendants made from reclaimed watch mechanism on chain. The parts to make these amazing pieces of jewellery are sourced locally and date as far back as 1920, talk about an awesome one of a kind present to a friend or to yourself (please don’t buy them all! leave one for me)…

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However, theres more to Robin Street Market than items for sale. They also travel the world blogging their adventures in culture, food, designning and keep a Travel Diary as well. The diary’s directory spans the world from Australia, to the Uk, to Asia and America- so much to read, so little time!

Their latest video documenting travels in Japan is hilarious and has just about solidifed my decision to check out Japan as soon as my wallet allows me too! Hit the link below, watch the video, and come join me for some sushi.

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“Buying something unique that is a “one-off” has always appealed to me.  And buying things when travelling is particularly enjoyable.  It is lovely to look at something when you are back home and know that it was made by someone over the other side of the world.  Imagine stumbling across a market in a beautiful square in a foreign country, meeting the interesting people who have made what they are selling, and munching on yummy local food at the same time. Heaven…

Robin Street Market enables you to enjoy this experience.  Through David’s journey with music, we have discovered that there are a number of hugely talented independent artists out there making fantastic music and competing against uninspiring music churned out by massive corporations.  We think this also applies to a lot of other things that we buy, and that it is much more rewarding to support real people, people who love what they do and who make something that is unique and special.”

Sharon, Robin Street Market.com

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So get clicking, and travel from the comfort of your own home!

 

Sophie Saint was one of the original travelettes, from 2009 – 2017. After fleeing the UK with ink barely dry on her graduation certificate, she traversed the world with a backpack and spent a few years living in Melbourne – one of her favourite cities in the world.

She finally returned to the UK after a few years where she now whiles time away zipping off for European escapes, crocheting and daydreaming of owning her own hostel somewhere hot to live out eternal summers. See what she’s up to over on her blog saintsonaplane.com and instagram: @saintsonaplane