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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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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.

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