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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Op shop haul from Tasmania

16 Feb

Recently we had the absolute pleasure of exploring a good chunk of Tasmania. I love so many things about this island state that I could happily move there if it wasn’t for the cold. Cold weather and I are not friends. As always in our travels we seek out every market we can find and pop into every op shop we pass by. Here’s a visual feast of just some of our secondhand buys.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market, then daughter promptly stole it.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market. Daughter promptly stole it.

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I picked this paper bead necklace up in an op shop in Burnie for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the the artist herself at The Markers Workshop just up the road.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I picked up this paper bead necklace in an op shop for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the artist herself at The Makers Workshop just up the road in Burnie.

Glomesh Bag is great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Glomesh Bag in great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Yes that's me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn't find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Yes that’s me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn’t find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two-tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well its entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well it’s entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

So there you go, what do you think? It’s always thrilling to shop like this on holidays but also restricting. I have to be constantly reminding myself about baggage restrictions and putting the larger items back on the shelf, sigh. What do you buy on holidays?

As much as I love sharing our adventures, hauls and reviews of the places we go I must admit to being a very slack blogger. I simply lack the time (or dedication?) to write the damn things. I constantly write posts in my head, does that count? I am however an avid Instagram poster. So follow us here for pics of all our hauls and a sneak peek at us.

OP SHOP – The Salvos Warehouse, Seven Hills

8 Jan

The Salvos AKA The Salvation Army really know how to do thrift. They offer us Hunter Gatherers massive warehouses full of second-hand goods to pick over. They also jumped on the pop up shop trend with their Salvonista concept in order to snare more customers and make them think differently about op shopping. I’ve written before about the Salvos warehouse at Michinbury, today I’ll be taking you on a tour of their Seven Hills warehouse.

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This is my local, so I tend to go there A LOT. The store used to be in Blacktown a couple of years ago. I had a bit of a panic when I heard it was closing down but then found out it opening just down the road for me! Truth be told sometimes I hate it being so close. Too often I find myself stopped at the traffic lights looking directly at the store thinking, I’ve got an extra 15 minutes, I’ll just pop in for a quick look and then find I’ve lost a whole hour as I’m lugging armfuls of stuff back to the car.

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The Seven Hills warehouse is not quite as big as the Michinbury one but still has ample stock to sift through. There is a much smaller selection of furniture on offer here even still I have found some great pieces including a vintage telephone table upholstered in green velvet. I love buying books here. The staff have organised the books into categories and will even offer to help you look for a particular book you are after. Clothes are neatly hung on a mass of racks in the middle of the store, sorted by gender, type and even colour coded. You’ve gotta love the organised people who work at this store.

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The Salvos Warehouse is located at 183 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills.

Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm and Sat 8.30am-1pm.

They will accept donations to their loading dock at the rear of the warehouse.

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The Flea Market, a stallholder’s perspective.

3 Nov

As a Hunter Gatherer it can be all too easy to accumulate stuff. When the price for an item is just a couple of coins or even free off the side of the road, its hard to resist taking it home even if it doesn’t fit/is broken and you have absolutely no space for it. I try hard to curb this urge and seem to be constantly recycling things back to my local op shops but like most people there comes a time where you just have to admit that you have too much stuff & need to get rid of a lot of it in one hit. The quickest way to do this is by having a garage sale or a stall at a second-hand market. I prefer the latter. The atmosphere of a market makes for an enjoyable day, listening to live musicians, eating great market food and potentially coming home with a bonus treasure scouted from a fellow stallholder. The downside is the stallholder fee which eats into your sales, we minimised ours by sharing a stall with friends. These fees can vary greatly between markets so check their websites for info.

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The early morning start is not for the faint hearted either, best to pack the car with all your wares the night before and just suck it up. Pack your wares in a way that is easy to unload & plonk straight out for sale – clothes ironed & already hanging on coathangers ready to hang on a clothes rack in 2 seconds flat. Tip: bind the tops of the hangers with an elastic band. Assemble your clothes rack, hang & wheel the whole thing to your stall from your car.

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You need a float of at least $50 in a bum bag or small purse slung across your body.  It should only contain the float for ease of use & you should never put it down anywhere. Have your stallholder fee separate. If you have a pop up marquee or a beach umbrella, take it. A marquee defines your stall & is useful for hanging items from. Often you are sitting in the sun all day, you will be glad for some shelter. A folding chair, water & sunscreen are essential.

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Recently we had a stall at Rozelle markets with friends. We’d been planning it a while which meant we had plenty of time to gather quite a few items to sell. When I say quite a few, I actually mean enough for 6 stalls! I kid you not, we were laughing when we all met up at the market on the morning at how much stuff we had. Luckily we were allocated a stall where we could spread out a bit and we took advantage of every single inch.  Our kids even ran their own toy stall. With hundreds of toys for sale, they managed it like pros. Seasoned Hunter Gathers themselves they knew what prices to sell things for & how to haggle with their buyers. I was so proud! The kids worked hard on their stall all day, virtually unassisted & got to keep the profits from their toy sales.

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As is the way at flea markets, the dealers/permanent stallholders will scout the casual’s stalls as they are trying to set up in the morning picking over the best items in hope of being able to sell them on their own stall. I sold a man a wooden box for $8 only to see it for sale on his stall later for $20. You have to expect this sort of thing and just brush it off. It’s not just the dealers who will pester you whilst you’re trying to assemble your stall in the morning, the early bird hunters (like moi) will also be out in force. There’s no such thing as waiting for a stall to open, these shoppers know that first in gets the best items so be prepared to be mobbed. It’s just another reason to prepare your stock for immediate sale. Sort through everything & place items in tubs/suitcases/ boxes ready to sell. If you’re not selling it then pack it away, this goes especially for your handbag & personal items.

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Its best not to price your items and instead engage directly with your buyer, gauging with them the price and seducing them with the history of your item. People love sentiment and knowing where things originally come from. I made up a stack of these funny signs which generated interest and again got the buyers chatting to us. It’s a good idea to keep a pen & notepad handy to write down your sales so at the end of the day when you’re feeling frazzled you have some sort of sales history.

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It was a fun day and we each come home a little lighter of our wares & a few hundred bucks richer. I tried really hard to buy a stack of stuff and resisted looking at the other stalls til the end of the day. I was stoked to find these awesome cowboy boots for only $10. Like?

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We’re already booked in to sell at another upcoming market, the Narrabeen Car Boot Sale, so come find us & buy all our stuff!

Have you had a garage sale or a stall at a flea market? What are your top tips?

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