Our Story

artisanal market

We’re a couple who have always enjoyed visiting markets in and around the Cape Winelands (where we live), including those along the Garden Route where we regularly travel and other markets around the country from time to time. We have always favoured and supported products made by smaller local artisans who have a passion for their product and love what they do, and over time we’ve built up a sizeable list of our favourites and usually end up buying as much as we can to sustain us until we’re able to make it back to some of them. 

Earlier this year, at the start of the covid-19 pandemic, we wondered what some of these smaller producers would do if they couldn’t get to these markets to sell their products. An idea struck, what if we started an online marketplace focusing specifically on artisanal goods and non-perishable foods made by these smaller producers, giving them a platform to continue selling and growing their businesses - a one stop marketplace for all things madebyartisans!

While hard at work building our store and reaching out to suppliers, we were blown away by the overwhelming interest and sheer willingness to take part, even from larger suppliers who already sell through other channels. We really believe that an online platform focusing on a broad range of artisanal and artisanal-inspired products will help support local producers small and large alike now and in the future.

Why support us?

Producers

  • Our aim is to continually add new, unique and niche products which fit the artisanal theme of the marketplace, growing to become a household name in South Africa.

  • The declining value of the Rand is bringing renewed interest in locally manufactured products.

  • The covid-19 pandemic is disrupting imports of goods produced outside of South Africa, further driving interest in local products.

  • Add your name and products to our growing list of vendors.

Consumers

  • Access to locally made quality products from across the country, whether a bar of soap from the Garden Route or Olive Oil from the Winelands, all available to order from one marketplace.

  • All products tried and tested.

  • Our focus is not on one style or range of products, but to offer a wide selection of products across many categories, from food to clothing and everything in between.

  • We're partnered with PayJustNow allowing you to order today and defer your payments over three months, interest free!