Whether it’s food, fashion, second-hand or handmade, Canberrans love a good market. The newest addition…
Drowning in stuff? It happens to the best of us.
Clothing, jewellery, shoes, toys, books, games, sports equipment…What to do?
Cathie Wall, the owner of Canberra Markets, says a great way to free yourself of items you no longer want, need or use is to book a stall and sell them at the markets. Which markets, you ask?
Under the umbrella of ‘Canberra Markets’, Cathie runs several markets throughout the year, each with their own personality—Three Sixty Fashion Market (on this Sunday), the Canberra Kids Market (next 1 March) and the Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market (next 15 March).
“It’s quick and easy to apply for a stall online and we have various sizes available,” says Cathie.
“All three markets are now held at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston, next to the Old Bus Depot Markets, so we really draw the crowds. Stallholders love making money out of selling.”
The markets specialise in pre-loved items and all focus on a sustainable lifestyle and help reduce waste by recycling and potentially avoiding dumping into landfill where it takes years to breakdown.
“Some stallholders come once and once only and others return more regularly,” says Cathie. “One thing is certain—you’ll always find an ever-evolving range of great buys.”
Fashion is big at all the markets and marketgoers uncover major national and international brands across every style—corporate, vintage, elegant, casual, sports and everything in between. Brands that have popped up include Gucci, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Coach and Jimmy Choo.
While pre-loved is popular, the markets also have stallholders (mainly small operators) selling new items.
“We’re a great place to trial new products and designs,” says Cathie. “Stallholders love interacting with marketgoers and getting direct feedback from them.”
The Canberra Kids Market is a great place for families to pick up used furniture and sports equipment, saving big bucks.
At the 1 March market, TicTasTogs will sell playful swimwear for water babies and sun-loving kids aged 6 months to 10, designed for maximum sun protection. Little Thing Bling will be on hand with adorable floral headbands, hair bows, baby shoes, rompers and overalls.
At the first Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market for 2020, marketgoers can expect handmade small-batch polymer clay jewellery by Bukiyou Designs—earrings, brooches, pins and hair clips.
Taya, Stall 18, will sell designer, mid-range and affordable fashion, shoes and accessories, including brands like Saba, Givenchy, Bec and Bridge, Asilio and Kookai.
A few stallholders sell items for the home, including boutique business Butterfly Wicks with their hand-poured candles soups and a relatively new product, hand-poured resin art.
The food and wine side will see Podium Coffee introduce a new concept in coffee making—five years in development. The machines make coffee on par with a single shot in a café and the pods and packaging are all compostable. They’ll be offering free tastings.
Quarry Hill is returning with their beautiful Canberra District wines, including a pinot gris, grenache rose, natural sparkling and sparkling shiraz.
The Three Sixty Fashion Market, Canberra Kids Market and Canberra Fashion Food and Wine Market are all now held at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston, 10 am to 3 pm. Free entry and parking. An annual Christmas market also runs under the Canberra Markets umbrella, from EPIC.
This editorial was created in partnership with Canberra Markets. For more information about sponsored partnerships, click here.