Tuncurry Market, NSW

1 May

I’ve just returned from a weekend away with friends on the mid north coast of NSW. A girls weekend away, read lots of shopping involved and no men to complain about it. Arriving late Friday night, our first shopping fix was Tuncurry market on Saturday morning. The market is held in John Wright Park on The Lakes Way. The park lines the foreshore overlooking the bridge to Forster, it’s a pretty spot. This community market offers a little of everything – fresh produce, crocheted blankets, 2nd hand goods, new clothes, hand made items and of course a sausage sizzle. I love the community atmosphere of these little markets compared to the more commercialised bigger markets that can resemble a shopping centre in a car park. The stall holders chat to each other and know most of their customers as locals. From a tourist perspective such markets give an acurate snapshot of the town.

Tuncurry Market

Usually I’m happy to just stroll around this type of market not fussing too much about making a purchase. I just like to take in the sense of community and sample some local food. As it turned out though there were a few purchases that caught my eye. Maybe it had something to do with shopping with a group of girls instead of a man intent on finding coffee and ever starving children? Within minutes I’d snapped up a couple of 2nd hand novels for $5. Then a stallholder, who’d travelled from Taree drew me in. She was selling from ethnic goods from Peru & Mexico and the like. I bought a pair of fleece lined gloves and a beautiful silk knitted beanie. Sausage sandwich in hand I continued on. I love tea cosies and found a very cute one to give as a gift along with some funky knitted slipper socks for my daughter, she loved them. Tip: its always good to come home with presents.

Whilst admiring the workmanship of locally made chopping boards, something else caught my attention, a treasure that no one else seemed to have noticed. At the stall next door a lady was selling her preloved things. I’d found a beautiful leather handbag made from soft tan Italian leather and embossed Ostrish leather in a lighter contrasting tan. Unlike most preloved leather handbags I find, this one is not faded at all, it is in mint condition. Its an Alien Skins Aviator handbag that retails for $180 but I got it for only $25. I have been searching for the perfect brown handbag for what seems like forever, maybe this will be the one? Do you like it?

Alien Skins Aviator bag

Tuncurry markets are held on the 4th Saturday of the month from 7am-1pm.

Leaving the market in search of more shopping opportunities I spotted a couple of op shops just over the bridge, a Salvos and a church op shop. Inside I found some Tortoise shell knitting needles for $1 a pair. The elderly volunteer at the counter told me that I’d managed to find the best needles in the lot (well, that is my talent). She said she was a keen knitter and that Tortoise shell needles were the very best. Needless to say that I didn’t tell her that I plan to bend them into bangles. Speaking of old stuff I also found a pair of vintage navy gloves for the dress up box and a story book from my childhood. I always buy these books for my kids. For me they are nostalgic but for them they love to read the personal inscriptions written by people they’ll never know. Its the history lesson they never knew they had.

The next morning we visited Palm Markets on our way out of town. Easy to spot on the side of the road as you travel along The Lakes Way. The market centres around the Pacific Palms Community Centre, hence it’s name. Its about the same size as the Tuncurry market and with some of the same stallholders or similar so you would really only need to visit one or the other. Palms Market is more leafy than the open air feel of Tuncurry, under the cool canopy of the palm trees it reminds me of a rainforest market. A few purchases were made by our group – a hand poured candle and a 2nd hand top amongst them. Had we more time to wander we would have liked to sit under the trees and listen to the live music. Next time….

Palms Market

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3 Responses to “Tuncurry Market, NSW”

  1. Tracy May 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Well said Bec !!!!!
    When are we doing it again ?

  2. Fiona Lenord May 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Thumbs up to the leather bag. Well spotted, she is a winner.
    You really capture a tone of the markets in your reviews . A joy to read !
    South West Rocks has a lovely local market and a magical Veiw. Check it out if you are ever that far up the coast.
    Look forward to your next post.
    Cheers,
    Fiona

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