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Everything old is new again at Canberra Kids Market

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Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to declutter all the stuff the kids have outgrown, no longer use or are bored with.

The challenge is how to get rid of the excess. It’s not an option to dump into landfill. You can donate to an op-shop or book a stall and make some cool cash selling unwanted clothes, toys, books, games, accessories, furniture and equipment at the Canberra Kids Market.

The Canberra Kids Market is not only a great place to sell, it’s the biggest market in the capital for shopping for pre-loved and new kids gear. More than 80 stallholders usually pop up and there’s 1,750 square metres of shopping for babies, toddlers and kids through to teens. Visitors will find designer labels and big-name brands, as well as super deals on pre-loved goods.

The Canberra Kids Market has been around for more than 12 years. It’s held several times a year at the Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra, with the next one is tomorrow, Saturday 1 September—it’s the perfect way to spend what’s shaping up to be a grey day!

Stallholders change with every market. ‘Some stallholders are mums and dads selling excess kids gear at bargain prices and once they’ve decluttered they move on,’ says co-founder Cathie Wall. ‘Others sell new products. Start-up or new businesses see our market as a low-cost way to test products and ideas to visitors who get to experience new innovations.’

Handmade crocheted blankets from Beautiful Blankets

At this Saturday’s market, ‘Play&Study’ will sell augmented reality children’s books and educational games for kids of all ages.  ‘Beautiful blankets’ will sell soft, handmade crocheted blankets for babies, kids and even teddy bears. ‘Ruby Q Kidswear’ will sell a huge selection of handmade 100% cotton beanies for newborns to tweens (only $15 each). ‘Lou & Drew’ will sell their custom-made prints commemorating the birth of little ones.

Custom-made print from Lou & Drew.

New businesses include ‘Mashblox’, which returns to the market to demonstrate its new invention designed to encourage young ones six months plus to self-feed. And Canberra twins, Melanie and Peta Stamell, will demonstrate a light switch extender prototype that allows kids to turn lights on and off without having to climb on chairs.

Mashblox encourages little ones to self-feed.

Cathie says the Canberra Kids Market has a strong environmental focus. ‘It’s about the circular economy—recycling, reducing and reducing,’ says Cathie. ‘Stallholders get to make money out of items too good to discard and, in doing, so avoid tossing items into landfill where they take decades to break down.’

Under the ‘Canberra Markets’ group, Cathie also runs the Canberra Fashion Market (formerly Fash ‘n’ Treasure) with the next one on 29 Sept, Coorong Building, EPIC, the Three Sixty Fashion Market (7 October, Fitters Workshop, Kingston) and the Canberra Christmas Market (8 and 9 December, Fitzroy Pavilion, EPIC).

New stallholders can apply on www.canberramarkets.net.au

the essentials

What: The Canberra Kids Market
When: Saturday, 1 September, 9am to 12pm
Where: Fitzroy Pavilion, EPIC
How much: $3 entry fee (kids under 12 free) Parking free.
Web: canberramarkets.net.au

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