Some dates for your diaries!


As always, over the next few months in our spare time we’ll be out and about gathering interviews, shop visits and other adventures to blog about for you all. But in the meantime we thought we’d share a few markets and gigs that could be worth popping in your diaries!


Mathilda’s Market – Home to the most gorgeous baby and kids goods.

When and Where: November 11th 2012 at The Pier, Geelong

Good Bye Second Hand Market – Could be a good place to snap up some super pre-loved designer clothing!

When and Where : November 11th from 11am at  Bellbrae Hall, School Road, Bellbrae

The Evening Cast – This awesome local band will be launching their new E.P ‘Lake’. Yay!

When and Where: Thursday evening November 22nd at Beavs Bar Geelong

Piccadilly Market – An old favourite market of ours!

When and Where: Sunday November 25th, 10am – 4pm at Deakin Waterfront University, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

Artefact Market – The Christmas Pop Up Market ! New exciting venue!

When and Where: Saturday 1st December – Trading 10-4 pm at The Mill Market, Brougham Street , Geelong .

Three Little Birds Market – Piccadilly Markets new baby and kids Market !

When and Where: Sunday 9th December , 10 am – 3pm at The Pier, Geelong

And it’s not technically a Geelong event, but it is being organised  by some clever Geelong locals :

 ‘In from the wild’ Market  – Designers and makers from regional victoria showcasing their wares in Fitzroy. Run by the ladies from local jewellery label Olive Brown Designs . Laura’s ‘Welcome To Geelong’ Map illustrations will also be available for purchase at the market!

When and Where: Friday 23rd November 12pm – 8pm at ‘Russian House’  112 Greeves St Fitzroy. 

Love Penny + Laura

Busy Times!

As always, over the next few months we’ll be out and about  gathering interviews, shop visits and other adventures to blog about for you all. But in the meantime we thought we’d share a few of the dates that are filling up our diaries!

Artefact Market – All Saints Hall, 113 Noble St, Newtown

Friday August 31st- 11am until 7.30pm

6 x 8 Competition  + Exhibition – Kaleidoscope Gallery, Cnr Gheringhap St & Little Malop, Geelong

Opening Tuesday August 7th- 6.30pm until 9pm

Animalia – Collaborative Photography + Illustration exhibition @  Kaleidoscope Gallery, Cnr Gheringhap St & Little Malop, Geelong

Opening Friday August 17th- 6pm until 8pm

Boom Gallery  / Works on Paper – Group Exhibition @  Boom Gallery, 11 Rutland Street, Newtown

Opening Saturday August 18th- 2pm until 4pm

Three Little Birds Market – 1 Gheringhap St, Deakin Waterfront

Saturday September 1st – 10am until 3pm

Moriac Makers & Growers MarketNewling Reserve, Moriac

Sunday September 2nd – 9am until 2pm

Maybe we’ll see some of you at one or ALL of these events!

Love Penny + Laura

Popping in on The Pop Up Project!

When: Saturday 21st July 2012

Where: BOOM gallery, 11 Rutland Street Newtown

Last Saturday Oh! Hello Geelong experienced something of a first in our short G-town histories. Oh! Hello Geelong crossed the invisible out-of-towner/local divide and experienced a moment of feeling a little bit like reeeeal locals! It all took place during a visit to the first ever Artefact Market Pop Up Project. So, given the level of importance of such an occasion, we just have to share this little adventure even though it’s been and gone!

The Pop Up Project is the coming together of a small selection of makers and creators from Geelongs Artefact Market. On this occasion (the first of many we hope), the event was held at the lovely BOOM gallery (makes us super happy when two of our ‘loves’ combine forces) in its fab gallery space. BOOM was looking particularly stunning thanks to all the delicious sunlight streaming through the windows and doorway and all the visitors walking through. The team at BOOM (Kate and Ren) and the Artefact ladies did an amazing job turning the gallery space into a buzzing market place whilst preserving the integrity of the art and design work on display.

Some of the fabulous makers present on the day included; the effervescent Melissa Laffy with her Reddy Inc range, Rachel Burke (Patturn) and her tribe of decoupage lamps, jewellery maker Amanda Jane Hille (from Eclectica), our lovely new friend Lucy and her adorable range of up cycled doily dresses and mobiles,  the Olive Brown Design girls Carolyn and Debrah (who have a to die for range of resin jewellery perfect for brightening up a gloomy winter day we think), and the super nostalgic and sweet Little Golden Treasures. Oh, and we have to mention Claire Westwood from Victor Fox who continues to inspire with her awesomely designed range of paper goods and now apparel too! And another lovely lady Michele who has come up with the cute idea of turning vintage mugs into chunky and fun bangles and brooches.

The highlight for Oh! Hello Geelong, and what made the whole occasion so momentous, was walking into BOOM to a sea of lovely, smiley faces, some we’ve previously met and some we were to meet for the first time. Oh! Hello Geelong felt so warmly welcomed and left feeling a sense of belonging to a special community! It was also really wonderful to see such a high level of talent and creativity in G-Town and to see that there really is a strong local commitment to supporting and promoting hand made craft, art and design.  There was so much love going on that sunny Saturday! Ahhhh! Thanks everyone x

Congratulations Artefact Market team and BOOM gallery for hosting such a top notch event!

PS: There’s still time to catch the fantastic Landscape Now group exhibition at BOOM gallery (closes on 11th August!); we had a quick squiz during our visit and were very impressed!

Also, have to mention another super cool exhibition coming up there too! “Works on paper” a group exhibition, opens on 18th August, which will showcase some awesome work including fab Geometric woodblock prints by the talented Ellie Malin.

Love Penny + Laura

The Mill Markets (North Geelong)

The Mill Markets (North Geelong)

Where: 3 Mackey Street, North Geelong

When: 7 days a week 10am – 6pm


We recently enjoyed yet another visit to The Mill Markets’ North Geelong site. And as always, Oh! Hello Geelong came down with a severe case of feverish excitement & hyperventilation. For many folks in Geelong, The Mill Markets have become somewhat of an institution, an amazing drawcard for this old town & the perfect way to entice our super savvy vintage shopping Melbournite friends to visit us here in our adopted home town. And for those who are yet to venture to this vintage recycled industrial furniture and objects melting pot, be prepared to be completely overwhelmed, the scale of the North Geelong site is nothing short of epic.

A G-Town institution…

Since its birth in 1985, The Mill Markets has grown from one lone site in Geelong West to a business that is located in Newcomb, the Geelong Waterfront, North Geelong, Ballarat, Warnambool and Daylesford. Each site houses a seriously massive and fabulous range of unique collectables, antiques and vintage clothing which is put together by individual stall holders who have an eagle eye for discovering fabulous treasures from the past.

North Side: the best of the best…

For Oh! Hello Geelong, whilst we love all The Mill Markets sites, we have a pretty big soft spot for the North Geelong site. Sadly we didn’t catch The Mill Markets’ man himself Ian Ballis however we were greeted by the friendly vintage enthusiast Nathan who allowed us to explore, snap pictures and adore to our hearts’ content.

What makes the North Geelong site even more special and fun to visit is the recent opening of a second store right next door to the original building! The new space follows the traditional Mill Markets concept; a multiple range of individual stalls offering an eclectic range of vintage clothing, antiques and collectables, including a very awesome juke box! The old space offers an immense range of industrial furniture + machinery and quirky vintage collectables, all from Ian’s own collection.

Here is a short list of the goods we thought were pretty fantastic:

Antique ladders, pigeonholes / cube shelving, massive work benches, trestle tables and display cabinets, old school desks, big wooden and plastic alphabet letters, wooden crates, glass jars, kitschy kitchen goods, suitcases, industrial pendant lights, vintage gig posters and art by David Bromley (which is scattered everywhere throughout both buildings).

Also there are loads of Mantiques (man + antiques): an old traffic light, rope ladders, golf clubs and tennis racquets, tool boxes & printing machines.

Industrial collectables: an endless number of vintage tin signage, industrial washing machine and ironing board, an old weaving contraption and theatre lights.

One-offs: an old church alter (we’re not lying), a pianola and a hot air balloon basket!

The Mill Markets are something really special (the people from The Block definitely think so) and we are proud as punch that we can tell everyone that it all started in our new hometown! And pretty chuffed that we can visit them any time we like too – hooray!

Love Penny + Laura