Blacktown Drive-In Market

19 Jun

The Blacktown market is one of those, get up at the crack of dawn, get your elbows out and dig hard, trash & treasure numbers. It’s definantly not for the faint hearted. It is held at one of the last two Drive-In theatres in NSW every Sunday . 

Pay your $1.50 entry fee, (kids free) and park among the cinema speakers as you would if you were coming to see a movie. Hard core hunters (like yours truly) can pay $5 early bird entry to be let in at the same time as the stall holders. To enter early, bypass the long queue of cars lining up for general entry and enter via the right lane. We usually go at 7am, general entry is 8am. The early bird gets the worm as they say. Now the sun never seems to be able to rise up over the massive movie screen much before 9am so you need to rug up. It’s a cold place even in the warmer months, whilst beanies, gloves and several layers are required in Winter.

The Blacktown market is essentially a Trash & Treasure market, like a massive garage sale. You will find lots of casual stall holders selling their wares cheap but you will also find many regular stall holders. A minority selling new items or fresh produce but mostly they trade in second-hand goods, sometimes sourced from a casual’s stall, cheap and then sold for a profit on their own stall.  Amongst them are the hoarders, like the owner of this truck. People who collect tons and tons of junk in the misguided belief that it holds a dollar value.

Rustling through boxes and pushing their way through the crowds are the hunters. Expect a frenzy when a casual stall holder tries to unpack their car as shoppers mob the goods in order to get the best buys. There’s lots of shoving and heated haggling and unfortunately theft. This environment provides the perfect opportunity for petty thieves who pocket items for sale and even wallets if they can. You should keep your money out of sight and your handbag zipped up. You should also keep your kids close by your side. Being small they inadvertently get bumped and frightened in these circumstances. There are lots of great buys at this market for kids. Over the years the market has been an endless supply of bikes, toys, clothes, books, shoes and outdoor play equipment for next to nothing. Occasionally there will be a jumping castle at the market, but other than shopping there is nothing else there for little ones. The market is limited food wise too. Because the Drive-In Candy Bar is open, stall holders are not permitted to sell hot food. They are limited to home-made baked goods like cake and bread. Upon arrival head towards the far end of the market which is where they direct the casuals. Regular stall holders dominate the top end. After hunting the bottom aisles of casuals then make your way through the regulars.    

On this cold Winter’s morning I took my kids along with my father to this market. My Dad visits this market almost every week. It must be where I inherited my hunting gene. He is very enthusiastic and loves the thrill of the chase. He is always on the look out for second-hand tools and things for his grandkids. In fact the grandkids anticipate his arrival on Sundays with whatever he has found for them that morning. Kids know when they are onto a good thing and they stick close to him at the market, pointing out whatever takes their fancy. Pop is quick with the dollar, never mind if we already have several just like it at home already! Today he got my girls a Barbie Campervan, despite my protests about its size. He also picked up 3 vintage fishing reels for $10 and a $3 nail gun for himself. His prize buy is for his wife. A massive (only just squeezed into my wagon) kidney-shaped pond haggled down to $25.

Today I’m researching recipes for Parsnip after buying 3 huge parsnips for $2 from the market vegie man. I might try a parsnip soup and a roast dinner with parsnip mash? I came home with a few other things for the kitchen too – a measuring jug, Decor storage containers and a set of mugs that match the ones I already own, all for only 50c a piece.  For myself I found some $3 singlets for the gym by Russell Athletic & Lorna Jane. As usual the kids always come off best. 2 boogie boards for $8, books, clothes, shoes, 3 pairs of ballet slippers for only $7 and a pair of True Religion jeans for a mere $5. I can’t resist a children’s vintage cane chairs and always baulk at the prices charged for them in antique stores. I saw one recently which was a dupe for one I already own for $75! I added to my collection today with this little one, $3.



6 Responses to “Blacktown Drive-In Market”

  1. Raleigh May 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    certainly like your web-site however you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to tell the reality however I will
    certainly come back again.

    • T !! July 27, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      So what about the spelling….what such a negative person!!. ….maybe it was spell check or maybe they are unable to spell. …I know im not the best at spelling but isn’t that what you are tort to try and for others to help others out without judgment. …..putting it out there like that is so unfair of you most people probably didnt even notice and if they did …kept it to themselves just as in my opinion you should have too!!!.

      • Someone January 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

        I laugh because initially the add was about what is being sold at trash and treasure, then some numb nut decides to pick the shit out of spelling, geez, get over it, laughing out lough guffawing, geez Louise, Etc etc. so back to the trash and treasure markets. Good luck guys, I hope you make a motza, for anyone who doesn’t know what that means, kick arse, oh, so for anyone who doesn’t know whT that means, it means, we all hope you go home with lots of money in your pocket.

  2. joan lukos September 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    would like to know how much it costs for a stall thank you


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