Local Market Guide

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 13:23

Stallholders Wanted – My Kids Markets NSW

Like the idea of making some quick cash? Recycle your kid’s quality pre loved goods they no longer need at My Kids Market NSW! The Market caters to all baby and kids needs from pregnancy and newborns to approximately 7 years of age. All gently used baby and kids items can sold at My Kids Market NSW including baby and kids clothing, shoes, toys, books, prams, bikes, cots, highchairs, car seats and other nursery items.Business Stalls are also available. MKM

Upcoming Markets include:

My Kids Market Penrith
Sunday 8 April
9am – 12noon
Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre
Herbert Street, Cambridge Park

My Kids Market Central Coast
Sunday 29 April
9am – 12noon
Scholastic Sports Stadium
Duffys Rd, Terrigal

For more details or to book a stall head to https://www.mykidsmarketnsw.com.au/

Bondi Junction Village Markets are now under new management. The markets will run as usual every Wed, Thurs & Fri between 9am-5pm.

Please direct enquiries to Waverly Council: [email protected]

Seeking quality food vendors for Turramurra Produce Market weekly on a Wednesday – particularly interested in vendors selling olives, olive oils, beeswax wraps, vegan/vegetarian food, seafood.TurramurrafreshProducelogov3

Please contact Jacqui: [email protected]


Held on the 1st Sunday each month, Sydney Boutique Markets boasts a fabulous line up of local designers and handcrafted goods in the heart of Rouse Hill Shopping District. SBM Rouse 4v2

We are currenlty taking applications for new stalls for 2018. 


Please contact us for more information: [email protected]

The New Year is the perfect time to set up a market stall. We explore why and where to start trading, and how to make sure your market stall is a success.

Trading at local markets doesn’t cost much, and it can be a fun and lucrative way to get your business off the ground.

Whether you want to start selling books at your weekend car boot sale, or homemade honey at a local farmer’s market, setting up a market stall can be the perfect way to launch a new product, test a start-up idea, or just clear the decks and sell your pre-loved goodies for cash! LMGMIMTT1v2

And there’s no better time to do it than in the New Year.

First things first

Before you get your market stall up and running, you’ll need to tick off a few important boxes regarding insurance and permits. Laws can differ within different states, territories and local councils, so it’s worth doing your homework to make sure you’re covered!

1. Insurance
Public Liability Insurance helps protect you and your business, and is a must for any new market stall. Insurance companies often offer short-term policies, so compare your options and ensure you have the right cover in place before you start trading.

2. Product safety and measurement
Whether you’re stall sells doughnuts or denim jackets, your needs to be safe for customers and made according to industry standards. And if your product is sold by measurement (for example, by weight, length or volume), you’ll also need to check it follows trade measurement laws.

If you’re selling food, get in touch with your local council to let them know – in most cases, you’ll need to apply for a temporary food stall license. It’s important to make sure that any food you serve complies with the Food Standards Code –this list of government guidelines helps to ensure the food is safe for your customers to eat.

Picking a spot

1. As a new seller, there are plenty of second-hand markets across Sydney to choose from. Surry Hills Market and Glebe Markets are popular for vintage clothes, books and designer labels, whilst My Kids Markets specialise in selling children’s clothing in different locations all around Sydney. For collector’s items, head to Rozelle Markets, or if you’re on the hunt for a car boot market, check out this one in Blacktown. You might want to start off trialing a few different markets, to get a feel for which best suits you and your product.

2. Once you’ve found a market (or markets) you’re interested in, get in touch with them. They’ll likely ask for some detailed description and images of your products to see if you’ll be a good fit, and in some cases you might need to put your name down on a waiting list.

Setting up shop

1. Be prepared
Check with your market on their specific equipment requirements and restrictions, but as a starting point you’ll probably need tables, chairs, bags for customers, and power facilities. It’s worth having a cash register or pouch/belt to store your money too. Be prepared for all weather conditions, and make sure you have enough shade for you, your customers and your products – you don’t want any of anything (or anyone) wilting in the sun!

2. Stand out from the crowd
It’s crucial to make your stall to look fun, engaging and aesthetically appealing, so take the time to think of a unique and creative approach. Create an eye-catching sign to grab market-goers’ attention, telling them exactly what you’re selling and where to find you. You can expand your design to business cards, flyers too, to create a visual ‘identity’ that helps customers recognise you.

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It can be tricky to know how much to charge for your items, especially when you’re starting out – a good method is to check out how much others are charging for similar products. Get creative with promotions to attract new customers and encourage returning customers, and don’t be afraid to bargain a little.

4. Ways to pay
It’s worth hiring an eftpos machine for card payments, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you may even want to explore other methods such as taking mobile payments from your phone. Don’t forget to have a well-stocked kitty filled with change too – plenty of people will still be paying in cash!

5. Do the maths
Work out a budget, taking into account expenses like rent, parking, food, and even the cost of hiring an assistant. Create profit goals and daily sales targets – not only will they give you something to aim for and help you stay on track, but you’ll be able to celebrate when you reach your goals.

On the day, be friendly, inviting and chatty. And most importantly… remember to have fun!

Can’t wait to get started?

For more information about Sydney Markets, check out our online directory Local Market Guide. It lets you connect with a whole community of local stallholders, and find details of local market contacts, upcoming events, market news and current stallholder opportunities.





Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:49

Fruity Cocktails for the Festive Season

Things are starting to warm up and with Christmas right around the corner, what better time to showcase some of your favourite summer cocktails?

This year, we’ve decided to break from tradition and bring some fruity flavours to your favourite festive tipples. Whether you’re looking for a delicious berry Bellini, or a fast and funky punch, or just a way to use up your leftover fruit and bottles of Prosecco, we’ve got the perfect drink to wow friends and family!

And you can grab your fresh summer fruits at the markets.

1. Cherry Pimm’s Cup

Strawberries, take a back seat – this Christmas, it’s all about the cherries! This Cherry Pimm’s Cup recipe is the ultimate summer aperitif – refreshing and not too strong, it’s perfect for long, lazy afternoons.

Ingredients CherryPimms

200ml cherry juice
100ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup
100ml soda water
100ml lemonade
Fresh cherries, for garnish
Ice cubes


-Choose a serving jug and fill it to half way with some ice.
-Add Pimm’s and cherry juice.
-Add soda water and lemonade, pour into glasses and decorate with cherries. Et voila!

2. Frozen Mango Margaritas

A tropical take on a contemporary classic – if you’re looking for something smooth, sweet and summery, look no further than this frosty mango margarita.

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1kg frozen mango
250ml Blanco tequila
250ml water
125ml freshly lime juice
60g sugar (and some extra for the rim)
3tbs mint leaves
Limes, as garnish


-Combine all the ingredients (except lime wedges) in a blender, and blitz until smooth.
-Dampen the lips of the margarita glasses with a lime wedge, then dip in a saucer of sugar to coat the top rims.
-Add the mixture to glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Passionfruit Punch

Add some pizzazz to your Christmas party with this funky festive passionfruit punch! If you don’t have raspberry liqueur, fear not – this recipe works just as well with grenadine.

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60ml vodka
2tbs coconut liqueur
2tbs raspberry liqueur (eg Chambord)
Orange juice
1 passionfruit (just the pulp)
Mint sprigs
Ice cubes


-Combine vodka, coconut liqueur and ice in a jug.
-Pour into 4 tall glasses and top up with orange juice to taste.
-Add passionfruit pulp, a drizzle of raspberry liqueur, and top with blueberries and a mint sprig.

4. Red Berry Bellinis

Easy to whip up, these sparkling summer Red Berry Bellinis are guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer. Whilst the berries give it a gorgeously festive finish, you can easily swap the berries for another seasonal fruit – melons, peaches, you name it – so it’s a great excuse to head to your local market and see what’s on offer!


300g raspberries or hulled strawberries (plus extra for garnish)
65g sugar
100ml water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bottle chilled Prosecco (or Champagne if you’re feeling decadent!)


-Blitz the berries, sugar, lemon juice and water until smooth in a blender.
-Strain the mixture to remove any pips or pulp.
-Pour 2 teaspoons of the mixture into a Collins glass or Champagne flute, and top up with Prosecco.
-Garnish with berries.







Wednesday, 29 November 2017 17:05

Surry Hills Market – Open 6th Jan

Book your market stals for Surry Hills Market on Saturday January 6.Surryhills6v2

We are a diverse community of creative sellers and independent traders specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods.

The Surry Hills Markets are a must-visit for all – ask the locals! Vintage fashion, valuable antiques, books, hand-made beauty products, designer labels and a chai stall – the market has it all.

We are open regardless of the weather. 7:00am to 4:00pm on the first Saturday of every month!

Bookings for stalls open on Thursday 10 days before the Market from 12pm until midnight shnc.org/events/surry-hills-markets/stallholders


Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:58

The Addison Road Street Food Markets

The Addison Road Street Food Markets have been serving up an array of exotic cuisines to diners for over a year. And behind the tantalising curries, pastries and sweet desserts are stallholders from countries such as Syria, Iran and Sierra Leone, getting the opportunity to set up their businesses in Australia and connect with the locals. Mina Bui Jones from the Addison Road Community Centre gives us the background on this popular Sydney market and explains how food can help overcome barriers.

When and why did the Street Food Markets start up?

The Addison Road Street Food Markets were launched in April 2016 in order to create a platform for new businesses run by refugees, asylum seekers and recent migrants. It started as a partnership project between Addison Road Community Centre and STARTTS (NSW Service for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors). The risks and costs of setting up a business can be prohibitive, especially for people who are still getting settled in a new country. The Street Food Markets provide an opportunity for these emerging enterprises to test the Sydney food market, as well as for sharing skills, knowledge and some of the risks by becoming part of a community of stallholders.

Which countries are represented by the market stallholders?

You’re likely to meet stallholders from Iran, Ethiopia, Syria, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, north-eastern Thailand and Sierra Leone.

Because the Street Food Markets are an enterprise-development project, the stallholders are always changing. Some have come to nearly every single market since the first, which was a surprise sell-out with over 6,000 people turning up! Others have honed their business model at the markets and moved on to open restaurants or pop-up food stalls elsewhere.

How do the markets involve people from refugee and migrant backgrounds?

The idea behind the markets is that the stallholders are sharing their own food cultures. It’s not food which you would normally find in restaurants, or food that has been adapted to suit an imagined Australian palette. The stallholders are involved in a very personal way. It’s not just a chance to earn an income, but also to share recipes that might have been learned from a grandfather or aunty, or a special dish that’s only found in certain regions of their homeland.


How does food help overcome cultural barriers?

Through pure pleasure! When you enjoy the taste of something, you’re happy and your heart opens just a little more. It can also make you curious and want to learn more about differences, whilst recognising the many similarities we share across the world related to preparing and sharing food.

There is an Egyptian lady who sells the most delicious comfort-food style dish called kushari, made with rice, lentils, macaroni and onion. Some people say it’s Egypt’s national dish, but it’s also found in Lebanese cuisine and is related to the Indian dish kedgeree. We are connected by our enjoyment of food and also the wonderful, complex histories of the foods we eat.

Why is street food so popular?

There’s a saying that eating food with cutlery rather than your hands is like courting a lover through a go-between. Maybe there’s a similar difference between eating indoors and eating outside under the sky. There’s something fundamental and direct about being outdoors when you eat, and of course it’s much more social. We’re not in our little boxes at home, or marooned on a specific table in a restaurant setting—it’s fun, it’s relaxed and it’s shared. That’s why we also always have live music at the Street Food Markets, adding to the atmosphere of celebration and inclusion, of cultures meeting and mingling.

What are some of the mouthwatering dishes on offer?

Where do I start? It’s always hard to choose, so sometimes I order extra to take home to eat on Sunday. A new favourite of mine is Persian coconut ice-cream. It’s just beautiful— silky, smooth, flavoursome and, surprisingly, it’s vegan too. Then there are rich, saucy curries from Sri Lanka eaten with a soft steamed coconut bread, and the extraordinary vegetable-filled, spiced pastry triangles from Iran called sambooseh. Ethiopian flat bread with a little cluster of meat and vegetable dishes on the side is very popular, as are the dosas and satays… it just goes on!

What else is on offer for the diners?

For the diners who come along, the Street Food Markets are a way for them to say ‘Welcome to Australia’: we are interested in and appreciate the cultures, the flavours and the richness you bring with you from your homelands to add to the mix here.



Addison Road Street Food Markets
Open on 1st & 3rd Saturday 
4pm to 9pm

142 Addison Road

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:27

The Best Christmas Markets in Sydney 2017

Sydney’s boutique Christmas markets are on again. And they start this week! We’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s best Christmas markets. You’ll find beautifully unique gift ideas and the freshest produce to make your Christmas a special and delicious affair.

Make your Christmas shopping a joy

There really isn’t any reason to battle the big department stores or shopping centres when you’re looking for gift ideas this year.

With great food, live music and activities for the kids, Sydney’s Christmas markets are joy to be at while you tick off your gift list. Many are twilight events, so you can enjoy a drink after work on a balmy night as you shop.

Every gift you find will be unique – made with love by one of Sydney’s talented designers. And don’t forget the farmers markets for local produce and culinary delights in the week before Christmas.

We’ve made a list of the best markets so all you need to do is decide how many you want to go to. Let’s get started!

Hand crafted gift ideas

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16-18 November

This is a yearly market that’s always a favourite, and it’s on this Thursday. Head to the historic Lindesay house on Sydney Harbour to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start and take a tour of the house and gardens while you’re there.

Etsy Made Local Market Blue Mountains

25 November

The creative makers of the Blue Mountains are hosting their annual series of Christmas markets again. Peruse beautiful handmade work that would otherwise only be available online, such as art, fashion, jewellery, kids clothes, toys and homewares.

Coal Loader Artisans Market

26 November

Held once a season, the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability is getting ready for their Christmas special. Nestled in a pocket of bushland on the Harbour at Waverton, this is a great one for families. Come for unique handmade art, fashion and homewares.

Cambridge Christmas Market

26 November

Take the ferry to Watsons Bay to be part of this boutique market, either next weekend or at their Twilight Market in December. There’s an even bigger selection of stalls this year, so plan to come home with a bounty of handmade gifts, fashion, homewares, jewellery, art, beauty products and kidswear.

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2 & 3 December

With an emphasis on showcasing emerging designers, these special Christmas events from Sydney Boutique Markets are a great option for ticking items off your gift list. Expect unique art, homewares, fashion and accessories, plus live music and much more up in The Hills.

Central Coast Christmas Fair

3 December

Bundle up the whole family, drive up to the Central Coast and stay for the day – you won’t be disappointed. Over 150 stallholders will help take care of your gift-buying and Christmas meal planning, and the kids will be happy with a play area, free activities, rides and games.

Mosman Twilight Market

7 December

Experience the Mosman market at twilight and find some treasures at this special annual event. There’ll be a festive feel with live music and plenty to eat as you take in the offerings from over 150 stalls in one of Sydney’s classiest shopping spots.

Hyde Park Christmas Fare

14 December

Another twilight market as the nights grow long and hot. This event is known for delicious food and boutique bars, but this year there will also be a selection of food-related gift stalls, carefully selected by the Australian Design Centre. Perfect for gifts and for your spread on the day.

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16 & 17 December

This two day summer series of the Market Tales is the place to be in 2017. Among the twisting laneways of Precinct 75 in Sydney’s inner west, the boutique stall holders will have something a little different if you’re looking for special gift ideas.

Fresh Christmas Trees

Northside Produce Market

2nd December

Thanks to 1st North Sydney Scout Group, pick up your freshly cut Christmas tree

Fresh produce for the big day

Naturally, Sydney’s produce markets will be bustling in the week before Christmas. If you want the freshest and most delicious ingredients in the days before Christmas, we’ve chosen a few for everything you’ll need.

The Beaches Market

22 December

On the Friday before Christmas, head to Warriewood for fresh produce, preserves, sauces, sweet treats and more.

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23 & 24 December

We all know where to get the freshest seafood. Retailers will be open for 36 hours straight, starting at 5am on the Saturday.

Organic Food Markets

24 December

Nothing could be fresher than organic produce freshly harvested and sold on Christmas Eve. French Forest and Marrickville are trading on Sunday 24th so you can stock up and get ready to cook a sensational meal.

Sydney’s markets have everything you need for a special, meaningful and delicious Christmas season. Make your Christmas unique this year by supporting local growers and designers.




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