Sometimes you know you just want to just grab a T-shirt and a few postcards at the local souvenir shop to take back home. But sometimes you are looking for something unique, personal or quintessentially Bermuda. If you are on a quest for that special item, there’s a good chance you’ll find just what you seek at the Bermuda Craft Market. Located in the old cooperage building in Royal Naval Dockyard, the market is where the local craft community showcases and sells its wares. “It is one of the few places on the island where Bermudian craft people can actually sell their goods, sit and demonstrate their goods, talk directly to their customers about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it,” says Lynn Morrell, a local jewellery-maker and a longtime contributor to the market. Morrell’s collections, which are most often made of sterling silver and semiprecious stones, reflect her island home surroundings. Her Bermuda Collection prominently features local wildlife, including longtails, whistling frogs and starfish, amongst others. The crafters who make up this hive of activity sell everything from handmade jewellery, candles, ceramics and wood turnings to beautifully illustrated children’s books and even cakes and jam. Many are there on a regular basis and are more than happy to field questions, customise a piece to your specifications or just chat. Then there are those who show up less often, making their goods more difficult to come by. The dynamic varies from day to day, so it’s always a great place to visit, especially as part of a Dockyard outing. The Bermuda Craft Market is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a. m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the individual craft artists and on the market itself, visit craftmarket.bm.
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