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Salamanca Markets, Tasmania

2 Jun

The Salamanca Markets in Hobart, are a Tasmanian icon. They seem to carry the same fame as QLD’s Eumundi Markets as a must do for tourists, drawing in hundreds of visitors every weekend. Salamanca market is a mix of farmer’s market, local artisan and general market stalls. The farmer’s market offers beautiful produce fresh from the people who grow it. What better way to buy your fruit and veg?

I got 2 of these huge punnets of strawberries for only $4. The most delicour strawberries I have ever eaten.

We got 2 of these huge punnets of strawberries for only $4. The most delicious strawberries I have ever eaten.

There are many stalls selling handmade products or locally produced food items admist some pretty fantastic food trucks. What to choose? We want to try everything! It’s a dilemma I wish I had when I’m starving at shopping centres, I hate food courts. Our strategy is for each of us to order something from a different place and we sample each others. Our lunch consisted of a salmon sausage burger, a Persian lamb wrap, ice cream washed down with chocolate chai, coffee and local ginger beer. We also grabbed some gorgeous apricots and jam filled doughnuts for later.

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There are more than 300 stalls here and at least triple the number of patrons. That was what I didn’t like. There were so many people that we felt like we were on an overloaded bus. I missed stalls that I wanted to look at simply because I couldn’t get to them. We walked along like a herd of cows, it kinda killed the atmosphere. We were there during the school holidays so I hope that is the busiest it gets?Anyone else have thoughts on this?

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This was taken from outside the market, showing the old sandstone buildings of Salamanca.

Salamanca Market is held every Saturday 8:30am to 3pm at Hobart’s Salamanca Place. Arrive early for the best pick of the fresh produce and a parking space. Don’t forget to explore the shops in the alleyways of Salamanca Place. There are many gems to be found.

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Haul List – Narrabeen Car Boot Sale

30 Aug

The early bird catches the worm as they say and these early birds got up before sunrise to make the 7am opening time at the Narrabeen Car Boot Sale. We’ve been busting to do this flea market again since our last visit. The whole oval is filled to the brim almost exclusively with genuine garage sale type stalls and with one of the cheapest stallholder rates in Sydney, it in turn keeps the sale prices down. We find that compared to other flea markets in the Sydney metro area, this one offers better quality items for the same if not cheaper price than others.

We picked up lots of things, here a sampler.

Men's Industrie jeans $2

Men’s Industrie jeans $2

2x3m of tie dyed fabric that I plan to use to cover a lounge.

2x3m of tie dyed fabric that I plan to use to cover a lounge.

Scaletrics set $20

Scaletrics set $20

New with tags Von Zipper hats & spotty leggings $2 each

New with tags Von Zipper hats & spotty leggings $2 each

Rustic pot rack $5 that I may put to another use?

Rustic pot rack $5 that I may put to another use?

28 CDs for $15

28 CDs for $15

As always our kids did very well out of this haul.

Billabong beanie $2

Billabong beanie $2

Lego Friends set $1, new pencil case $1, drawing book only 5 cents!

Lego Friends set $1, new pencil-case $1, drawing book only 5 cents!

Bunting $3

Bunting $3

Backpack $2, suede boots $5

Backpack $2, suede boots $5

New art canvas x 2 $4, jewellery stand 50c, new Wii Fit $1, phone cases $1each, crystals for my rock collector $5

New art canvas x 2 $4, jewellery stand 50c, new Wii Fit $1, phone cases $1each, crystals for my rock collector $5

The weather turned on another picture perfect day. The pay off for getting up so early is that we’re done the market in a few hours and can then hit the beach by late morning to enjoy the rest of the day. Win! A beach day in Winter? Yes!

The Narrabeen Car Boot Sale is held on the oval at Narrabeen Sports High School. 7am-1pm on the last Sunday of February, May, August & November.

The market is by run the school’s P+C association, so profits benefit the school directly.

Haul List – Kirribilli Fashion Market

11 Aug

Spring has arrived early in Sydney this year and there has been none of the blustery August winds, just glorious sunny days. Loving it! It is perfect market weather and we have been taking every opportunity to get out amongst the stalls every weekend. Today we headed for one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour Bridge where the Kirribilli market runs nearby its northern foundation in Bradfield Park.

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Kirribilli runs a few different markets but today was the fashion market where the whole bowling green is stacked with stalls selling pre-loved fashion. Most of it designer threads and at least 90% of it for women so it’s a fab girls day out. Leave your man in the food area to sample all the great cuisines from around the world and soak up some tunes by the live band of the day.

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I love this market – stunning location, awesome food, live music, art & craft stalls as well as a huge number of second-hand stalls but I struggle with the higher price tags. Yes this is North Sydney and yes most of the preloved goods on offer are designer but I’ve been spoiled by op shop prices and just can’t bring myself to pay $10 for a generic second-hand scarf when I usually only pay $1. The Hunter in me knows that shopping below eye level yields good results in pocket friendly terms. So remember to look what’s on the ground and rummage through the boxes & bags of clothing under the racks of higher priced clothes.

Here is some of what we found today.

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Converse $10 a pair. LOVE the gold ones with the zipper detail!

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sportsgirl scarf $3

Sass & Bide pants $5.  S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

Sass & Bide pants $5.
S&B Vie Love what you love without hesitation.

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

5 x Deus ex Machina T-shirts and a cap for only $15!

My man was stoked when I found these shirts in a bag marked $5 each. By the time I’d sifted through the entire bag and accumulated a few other items the stallholder offered us a greatly reduced price, almost half the listed price so it always pays to buy in bulk. Friendly chatter with the stallholder will always work in your favour also.

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Kirribilli Fashion Market runs every 2nd Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm in Bradfeild Park.

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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