Hey Peaches. Do you have an online Instagram Store? Are you an Instagram Creative? Well, then The Insta Market is the place for you. I’m about to give you mad fomo because it was a worthwhile experience at the Insta Market previous Sunday, 29th September 2019 in Dejavu, Westlands.
The Insta Market is a monthly flea market in Nairobi hosted by Eli Mwenda & Rebecca Nkirote at different venues to promote online Instagram stores and creatives in Nairobi. Basically, it is where all the Instagram fleas are at. Retroactive with pomp, color, music, food, drinks, flashlights, socializing and all the trendiest street styles and online Instagram stores in Nairobi. Not to mention, a meet and greet session with some of your favorite Instagram Influencers.
On arrival, my friend Jacky and I had a paparazzi moment with a flea of photographers each trying to get their best angle shots. “Let’s strut it Jacky, alright!”
After all, who wouldn’t want a free photography shoot with some of the best photographers in town?
Photo by Derick Otormax
We entered into The Insta Market in style. Beautiful stylish people and diverse vendors filled the space of Dejavu; Hairstylists, makeup artists, food & drinks vendors, book vendors, artists, retail vendors; thrift clothes, retro fashion, fashion clothing, accessories; handbags, cool sunnies, fashionable bobby pins, jewelry, phone covers, you name it! I made sure I passed by each one of them at least to have a look of their well-showcased products.
However, in my opinion, the space at Dejavu was quite small and stuffy. I hope the next insta market will be hosted at a bigger venue.
On the bright side, I bumped into my friend Anna who own a sustainable clothing brand; BOGUK.
Meet The Insta Fleas:
On entrance, Mimo_Sunnies was the first Insta Store anyone would spot. If you didn’t have sunnies like myself, you’d definitely be tempted to get one in the cool street of the Insta Market. Quite strategic I must say.
They have different frame sizes, designs and colors.
I couldn’t fight the temptation, but I don’t regret my choice. Loved these specific ones.
Mofajang Kenya by Wairimu Njoya was getting it busy at the hair stall selling temporary hair color Kenya.
Oozing color hair splash at the Insta Market.
The Insta Market photo booth by Picha Booth created unforgettable fun memories with friends.
Stunning Mulberry Pink Accessories
Huskberry & Goofy HBnG – Custom design your t shirts and hoodies with any witty tagline and unique print designs.
Sued Watches have unique handcrafted maasai beaded cuff watches with an array of colors that would definitely make an outstanding statement.
Green Bunny by Eve Kache. Her art is captivatingly beautiful but her story behind it is even more captivating. She’s a self-taught artist inspired by art, braille and geometry.
Her inspirational art is made with a texture in braille for the blind.
G_ek0 is an artist with unique art illustrations. She can upcycle your denim jeans and outfits with her art to promote the slow-fashion culture.
Art By Safara who makes beautiful Maasai illustrations using Maasai pictures and custom proverbs.
Glamorous eyelash plug, Ruena Glamour owned by the stunning Ruena.
Kasha Kenya – Original and affordable beauty and cosmetics.
Rowa hair & beauty – Beauty supply store.
Gracerose Hair Accessories – trendy chic hair clips. Get yourself one Dolls!
Terracoldpressed makes delicious quenching juices made from 100% natural fruits and their packaging is eco-friendly in these medium glass bottles.
Trendy Phone Covers Kenya if you need to give your phone an extra bedazzled look.
In a nutshell, I can say that the Insta Market is a great platform for creatives to showcase our talents and vendors to make sales by showcasing and marketing their products, going the extra mile past online marketing. Just like how old ways stay golden, exchanging business cards, physically meeting your favorite online stores while meeting new ones as well, provided us with a diverse options of products to choose from without any delivery hustles. Most importantly, something that makes me uber skeptical about making online purchases, is to see the real quality of the products, feel the texture and try it out, buying without second guessing. Also, just interacting with these vendors and getting that warm first-hand customer service is a great deal. Some have beautiful stories worth sharing. Not to mention, the great turn out at the Insta Market must have definitely generated sales for the vendors on a lazy Sunday. If not, then business exposure through networking; I got to find out a few new instagram stores at the Insta Market.
Let’s not forget the fun part hey! Meeting new people, social media creatives and influencers, shopping; trying out new products, friends hang out sessions, and photo shoots to get that Insta-perfect shot!
So yes, I would say that The Insta Market is totally worth it! It’s free entrance too!
Courtesy of Eli Mwenda – Founder of The Insta Market.
For updates, street style inspos and photography, check out Instamarket254 page.
Until next time Peaches.
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