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 A Plus Market has found yet another local celebrating size diversity – MadLegs!

MadLegs are making their A Plus Market debut at the perfect legging time and the perfect legging place – Ballarat!


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MadLegs leggings come in both women’s and girl’s sizes with the adult size ranging from 8 through to 22. From the school to the sports and fashion field – they’ve got you covered!
Proudly made in Melbourne!
All are ideal for those that have allergies as the leggings are cotton rich. And one of the best bits MadLegs Leggings are available almost every colour of the rainbow!

It’s wonderful to be exploring the amazing local makers that are celebrating us plus women.
For those that can’t make it out to Ballarat on Saturday 29 August but want to check out the MadLegs brand, rejoice as MadLegs will also be joining us on Sunday September 13 in Preston!

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Simply Christene


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Local plus size designers is just one of the many reasons A Plus Market is a fabulous fashion destination!

And for our Ballarat date we have the localist of locals, Simply Christene!
Simply Christene A Plus Market 1Simply Christene lives, designs and makes just outside of Ballarat.

The gorgeous handcrafted clothing is individual, quirky,  sometimes nostalgic always tailored to flatter and fit curves.  Each piece is distinctive,  a one off or one of no more than four.  Fabrics are hand picked for particular elements of quality, design, colour and fall.  Choice of fabrics are by preference natural fibres, cotton, linens, wools and a variety of blends.

Everything about Simply Christene is hands on. 

Designs are hand drawn as are the patterns the next part of this exacting process.  Each garment is singularly hand cut from the carefully selected fabric before each piece is fitted and sewn, elements such as buttons, flowers and piping are sewn by hand with a fine attention to detail.

We are always pleased to having such a fine artisan attend A Plus Market. This time around we are more than pleased to be heading into Simply Christene’s home turf.

Join us SATURDAY 29th August in BALLARAT and show some love and support for your local makers.

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A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market strives to bring you a diverse range of plus size fashion with the focus on pre-loved bargains and new unique designer wares.

A brand new local designer Rethreading will be holding their first A Plus Market stall with is this Sunday!

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Elizabeth the brains and craftiness behind Rethreading describes her venture.

“Mostly I make upcycled plus size women’s clothing and art to wear. Sometimes I make other things. Making is an essential part of my daily life, and without it I go a little stir crazy.


My mantra is: “Begin where you are, use what you have”


I have a passion (sometimes unkindly referred to as an obsession) for textiles. So many lovely fabrics and so little time to play with them all.

I started to make my own clothing because I couldn’t find garments I wanted to wear in the shops – colour! pattern! design! fabric! beautiful things! – and now I want to share my sewing with others.


I love a good rummage through an op shop (or thrift shop, if you prefer), looking for treasures to re-use in my garments, but occasionally I am seduced by new fabric. Usually I work with upcycled textiles though sometimes a length of new fabric will inveigle its way into a piece.”


Check out Rethreading’s Etsy shop and Elizabeth’s personal blog and come along Sunday 22nd of February and check out these beautiful and unique pieces.
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Pretty Vixen

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market loves offering a range of small run one off plus size pieces.

Pretty Vixen is one local designer who delivers just that.

Pretty Vixen offers gorgeous hand made skirts from sizes 16 – 26. Specialising in PLUS SIZES with fabric sourced sustainably, in a range of vintage and on trend fabrics with quirky, quaint, individual styles. With over 20 years experience in the vintage industry, Bec source’s unique fabrics from all over the world.

With new Etsy listings weekly, you can even customise your own size from listed items or talk to Bec about the style of fabric you like and she will let you know and send photos through of new fabrics as she gets them and organise a custom order.

And better still you can come along to A Plus Market check out what’s on offer and have a chat to Bec in person.

Support our local artisans and treat yourself to something unique.

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Icelandic Blue

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market showcases a diverse range of local plus size labels.

Icelandic Blue is a relatively new label designed for comfort and style.

In 2014, the artist, Janice Gobey launched Icelandic Blue to cater to the independent woman who enjoys making her own fashion statement.

Janice felt that what was missing from most plus-size ranges was well designed garments in luxurious fabrics that actually fitted the body.

Janice say “What we wear is like another skin and makes a statement about how we feel about ourselves – it is important to be able to express yourself and polyester sacks don’t necessarily do this.”

“We want to change this and encourage women of all sizes and shapes to buy quality, well made items that will make you feel fabulous and give you years of wear.”

“Our range is trans-seasonal, able to be layered and perfect for travel or a variety of occasions – from the office to lunch with friends or an evening at the theatre.”

Icelandic Blue is a boutique collection, manufactured in Melbourne to the highest standards. There are only limited quantities of each style.

Icelandic Blue will once again be showcasing their gorgeous collection for us at A Plus Market.
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Spotlight on a Stallholder – Fashion Hayley!

A Plus Market (Preston)

spotlight on a stall holderA Plus Market has the best pre-loved plus size shopping of anywhere.

The variety and size range that is available in one place at one time is amazing and can’t be compared. So many amazing women in an effort to lovingly rehome each of their fashion pieces joins in.

At the next market we are excited to be have the one and only Fashion Hayley on board!
Fashion Hayley is a Melbourne fashion icon. Hayley is one of Australia’s top fashion bloggers, she is City Chic’s resident blogger, but is perhaps best known for, a blog chronicling her personal style for over eight years. As a stylist, Hayley has worked with some of Australia’s leading brands, on shoots with top models such as Miranda Kerr, Megan Gale, Ruby Rose and local plus size model Teer Wayde.

Not only do we get to meet Hayley faced to face, shop her wardrobe we also get to know her here a little better.

Firstly can you describe your fashion style?
My style is very quirky and eccentric with a soft girly side to it heavily influenced by the streets of Harajuku. I am obsessed with pink and have coined the hashtag #pinkcore to describe my look as I am pink right down to my core. I wear a mix of high end labels, plus size brands and of course vintage and mix them all up in a way that is truly unique to me.
Where do you gain inspiration from?
The street’s of Harajuku in Tokyo are a big influence on my style. Having lived there and gotten to know and become friends with the designers and creators who make Harajuku what it is it’s hard not to get inspired by it all. There is a unique fashion culture of dressing with no fear that just resonates heavily with me. I love how they embrace new things and use fashion as form of creative expression.
What is your blog about and why do you do it?
I’m currently blogging and styling and working on freelance projects full time – which is a dream come true. My blog is a personal style diary featuring my latest outfits, DIY projects, inspiration and travel photos. I like to discover new and up and coming designers and feature them on my blog and I’m always featuring the latest new boutique openings and fashion exhibition openings happening in Melbourne. My unique sense of style is reflected in every post – expect lots of colour, accessories and quirky fun. 
What fabulous experiences have you had because you started your blog?
I have met so many wonderful people thanks to blogging, and made some fabulous friends around the world. Some of the best experiences have been being flown to New York for the inaugural Young Fat & Fabulous conference in 2010 hosted by Gabi Greg of Gabi Fresh blog. I have also travelled all over Australia as the guest of fashion weeks, fashion competitions, conferences and exhibition openings. Appearing on ABC’s Art Nation and Chanel 7’s Today Tonight are also highlights, as is being featured in magazines in Australia and overseas, from Cleo to the New York Times and Vogue USA, its kinda crazy really and I’m very thankful for all of it.
What’s the fashion trend you’d prefer to forget?
I don’t believe in regrets in fashion as there’s always a reason why I loved a certain piece at the time and chances are it will come back in fashion down the track anyway. That’s not to say I haven’t made any fashion mistakes but I don’t regret any of them because they were all learning experiences.
What are the fashion rules you love to break?
Another thing I don’t believe in is fashion rules. So many of the so called ‘rules’ for plus size dressing are simply wrong. Apparently horizontal stripes are a big no-no for us curvy girls but I think they actually look incredible as the line’s draw the eye in and highlight the curves in all the right places. If anything I believe in breaking all the rules and dressing however you feel because that is when you’ll look the best as confidence is the best accessory you can have.
What style tips would you give curvy girls?
My wardrobe is a mix of designer labels, vintage and plus size brands. My number one tip for curvy girls is to TRY THINGS ON! Seriously – I have pieces in my wardrobe ranging from size 12 to 22 and the reason for this is sizing varies so much between stores. A designer dress in size 12 may be cut in such a way or in a stretch fabric that can work over my curves and look amazing. Get to know what shapes work on your body and soon you’ll be able to scan a store and know exactly what will fit as soon as you walk in the door. Don’t get disheartened when things don’t work out though, I try on a lot more than I buy but am never left with that ‘if only’ feeling as at least I gave it a shot.
Why are you having a stall at A Plus Market?
I recently moved house and saw just how much clothing I have that I don’t actually wear. It’s time to do a big clear out and what better way than at a market dedicated to plus size fashion.
What will you be selling at A Plus Market?
Lots and lots of clothes – vintage, plus size and a few designer pieces, as well as jewellery, bags, shoes and other accessories too!
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Icelandic Blue

A Plus Market (Preston)

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A Plus Market is THE place to shop for local independent plus size designer fashion.
Each market we have a new and interesting local for you to try on for size.

 If you are an independent woman who loves to make her own fashion statement then Icelandic Blue is perfect for you.

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Janice Gobey a visual artist who frustrated with her fashion options created Icelandic Blue’s.

Janice says ” I was really tired of the type of plus-size clothing available in our stores – badly fitting, poor quality and mostly horrible polyester. 

I wanted to create a brand where the clothing fitted well, was comfortable to wear and made use of luxurious, mostly natural fibres.” 


Most of the range is in silk, silk cotton and bamboo.  The style is relaxed but smart.

Janice is also a traveller inspiring her range to be mixed and matched, saying “it is important to me that my range was also trans-seasonal, this leaves me more room in my suitcase for shopping!


Icelandic Blue is manufactured in Melbourne to the highest standards and is only available online and at select markets.

One of those select markets of course is A Plus Market November 29, 2014!

Icelandic Blue is offering a 15% discount on ALL purchases made at the market on the day.

 In addition, any purchase you make will entitle you to a further 15% discount when you purchase something online at a later stage.
Also available will be some A Plus Market exclusive sale items not available in the online store.

399A Murray Rd, Preston 10am – 3pm

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A Plus Market (Preston)

 caitlin testimonialA Plus Market loves it’s locals; local plus size designers, local makers and local artisans.


 Bhunny=Designs is a local jeweller, just starting out, who will be sharing her handmade creations with us this Saturday.

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Each piece is uniquely hand crafted. The designs are funky, abstract and modern.

They are great with any look, whether for that all important board meeting or shopping on Chapel Street, taking a stroll down the Yarra, or all glammed up and ready to the paint the town red.

Bhavani the creative behind Bhunny=designs says she finally embraced her creativity after years in the corporate rat race.
“I never believed I was creative until I started ‘playing’ with the versatile nature of Polymer Clay and was excited with its endless possibilities.  
I make the designs I love, and I hope you like them too. “

Bhunny=Designs have a great range of necklaces, earrings and rings at a bargain price.

Bhunny=Designs will be available at this Saturday’s A Plus Market – Saturday August 30.
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 Support your local designers, and top your new look off with the perfect unique statement piece.
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Jewellery by Lisa Kennedy


A Plus Market isn’t all about bargains, there is also always a selection of extra special pieces
that are perfect for spoiling yourself with.
The upcoming Ballarat A Plus Market on Saturday May 3rd will be home for a day to local jeweller Lisa Kennedy.

Jewellery by Lisa Kennedy is a collection of high quality, handmade jewellery pieces. Lisa designs and hand makes all the pieces in her Maldon studio.

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Lisa’s resume is impressive having worked as a trade jeweller in London, specialised in pearls in Darwin and precious metals in Canterbury. Now based in Maldon, Lisa has total creative freedom,
using it to create unique and elegant jewellery pieces.

Jewellery by Lisa Kennedy is all hand made therefore rings can be any size.
Any ring that is in stock can be resized or remade if required free of charge.
This is fantastic news for ladies like me who have if you are larger than average (and also for those with or smaller), there’s no paying extra for that perfect fit.

The Jewellery by Lisa Kennedy stall at A Plus Market will be stocked with a range of larger rings and neck pieces, so there even more chance that the piece you fall in love with is going to fit straight away.

I have a real soft spot, some may even say addiction, to jewellery so I am looking forward to having a very up close and personal check out of this divine range.

Come along on Saturday May 3 and splurge on a gorgeous one off piece, made by a very talented local artist. Also don’t forget that Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

Hope & Harvest


Now those who have been following A Plus Market, have probably figured out that I can get pretty excited about the stallholders we showcase. Now, this market around there are no exceptions and if truth be told my excitement levels have been turned up a notch.

The upcoming A Plus Market is not only in an extra beautiful building but there will also be some extra awesome stallholders too.

So without anymore adieu I’d like to announce that the wonderful and fabulous
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will be joining us at A Plus Market Ballarat, Saturday May 3.

WOOOP! and even better news is that they aren’t just joining us they will be totally bringing IT
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For those in the know – you’re probably now as excited as me and those who haven’t heard about Hope & Harvest yet, here’s a little education.

Hope & Harvest are local designers based out of Melbourne/Ballarat who have been named by Madison Plus N.Y.C & Essence Magazine as one of the top plus size labels in the world. How amazing is that!

Just as exciting, Hope and Harvest have just been featured in Volup2 magazine, you can see it HERE, Pages 53 to 73.

I really like lots of Hope & Harvest’s designs as many have that cool BOHO feel while others have that little bit of allure (and some  a lot) and all are available in sizes 14 to 26.

Harvest, one half of Hope & Harvest’s design team says,

“We get our ideas by thinking about what we want to wear. By looking at fashion that inspires us and using our experience to find a way to create pieces that really work for us”

I guess that’s also why the designs work for so many of us.

So now back to what’s happening at A Plus Market on Saturday May 3.

Hope & Harvest will be showcasing both new season and SALE stock with as I said before

But wait there’s more.
Become a Hope & Harvest VIP and get 20% off everything, this is in addition to the already reduced stuff. You’ll need to sign up before the market and take your VIP number along with you on market day.
Sign up as a Hope & Harvest VIP HERE.

AND by coming along to A Plus Market Ballarat you’ll get a chance to WIN a $100 Hope & Harvest Voucher!

So save the date, get the girls organised for a road trip and get along to Ballarat Saturday May 3