Whenever I have the time, I like to check out flea markets and arts & craft bazaars for unique handmade creations and super-good buys. One of my favourites is the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD) at the Red Dot Design Museum. Started July 2006, MAAD takes place every first Friday evening of the month. It is a platform where artists, designers, architects, craft makers, illustrators, photographers, performers or anyone with a creative passion can participate to showcase their works, gather feedback or test the market. It also means you are likely to score unique creations not available elsewhere, or snag a very, very good buy when sellers clear past season stock. Most of the sellers make handmade craft & accessories, plush toys, bags, illustrations, photographs or offer creative services. I have also seen F&B owners using MAAD as a test bed for new flavours/ideas, and you simply pay whatever you want for it and give them your feedback. Everytime I go there with a set amount of cash to shop as a control mechanism (most of the stall owners only accept cash), I always end up looking for a bank to get more cash. Sigh.
And here are some of my favourite MAAD folks:
I’m already looking forward to the next MAAD, and discovering more great buys!
Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD)
Every first Friday of the month
5:00PM to 12:00AM
28 Maxwell Road
Red Dot Traffic Building
Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar