The Grounds and our old stomping ground.

7 Jul

There’s a new market in Sydney, so of course we felt compelled to check it out. The Grounds of Alexandria is essentially a cafe but the clever team behind this enterprise are promoting it as a destination. Set on a large block in the industrial precedent of Alexandria, The Grounds cafe includes a large outdoor seating area with veggie patches, a chicken coop and a kid’s cubby/play area. It’s a lovely concept. They have recently started a weekend market on the site and it is obviously a huge hit with the locals. The place was packed! Hordes of people lined up to get into the cafe (I couldn’t even get a look inside), a huge line snaked around the outdoor area for food & coffee, they even lined up to look at some of the stalls? I wouldn’t really call this a market, it’s more like an extension of the cafe to cope with the masses on the weekend. Most of the stalls were run by The Grounds as a way of spreading out the produce and reducing the lines for the cafe, then there were a few other random stalls – a florist, a butcher, handmade cosmetics, cheese, homewares, an organic grocer. Kids are well catered for here. As well as the cubby house, there was also a jumping castle and an animal petting farm. Our kids felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of people though and couldn’t wait to leave. We stayed less than half an hour. It felt like trying to get into the hottest new bar in town, cram packed with overdressed and cashed up inner city apartment dwellers getting their weekend dose of vitamin D. Maybe it had something to do with the DJ pumping out loud music? It was all a bit try hard.

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So we left The Grounds empty-handed and headed for our fallback, Rozelle markets. It never fails to impress us. After filling our bellies with yum cha style dumplings and Himalayan fare from the food section of the market we hunted through the stalls of second-hand goods.

Levi's boots (unworn) $10, dominos $5, Old school Adidas haggled down to $5

Levi’s boots (unworn) $10, dominos $5, Old school Adidas haggled down to $5

Shopping this way is just as much about what you uncover even if you don’t buy it. Some of the great things we saw today were a set of 5 gorgeous red 60’s dining chairs in mint condition for $250, shame they were too low for our dining table. A killer pair of unworn YSL black patent stiletto booties for a mere $20, only 3 sizes too big for me. BNWT Current/Elliot $250 distressed jeans, just $10.

Alice McCall cropped vest $5, Distressed leggings $5, Arthur Galan top $2, Mimco wallet $5, Folk clutch $2.

Alice McCall cropped vest $5, Distressed leggings $5
Arthur Galan top $2, Mimco wallet $5, Folk clutch $2.

Directly across the road from Rozelle market is the Australian Red Cross op shop. This is one of those op shops that knows it’s labels and sells them at their value. I found a gorgeous pair of tan cowboy boots for $20 that were worn in to butter soft but a tad to big for me sadly. *must add cowboy boots to op shopping list * I did come away with a few novels for less than a $1 a book and the kids piled up a stack of $3 DVDs. My husband fared best here finding his favourite work shoe brand, Kenneth Cole in new condition for $40 and a great business shirt with cuffs for $10 by Trent Nathan.

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