Local Market Guide

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:57

Foragers Market

Wollongong Markets are putting themselves on the map and Foragers Market is leading the pack! Plan a day trip taking the scenic road through the Royal National Park, drive along the Sea Cliff Bridge for spectacular coastal views and pass through the seaside towns of Scarborough and Coledale* as you head for Bulli Showgrounds.

Foragers Market offers an indoor/outdoor setting with around 100 stalls of good quality artisan produce as well as fashion, vintage & collectibles and locally handcrafted goods. You can even get a hair cut!


Delicious lunch options are aplenty and you will love the quirky and fun set up of seating including lounges and rugs on the grass to laze in, whilst you soak up the music and atmosphere. Kids will be in heaven too with tents and tepees to hide in, a large play area with toys and an indoor space dedicated to babies and toddlers.

Whether you are looking for fresh produce, breads and meats or something different to tempt your taste buds, you will be spoilt for choice. Raw Obsession are known for their delicious raw desserts including a Chocolate Velvet Tart and Coconut Beetroot  Slice, Hashtag Granola for healthy gluten free granola and Peppercorn Creek Farm for energising vege bars filled with green goodness. You will also love the local handmade butter from That Butter Girl, the most flavoursome smoked and air-dried meats from Backa Sydney (go the ‘Godfather’), homemade Italian Gelati and let’s not forget  your four legged friends with treats from Molly and Me Barkery. Outside you will also find oodles of fashion and artisan stalls, showcasing local Wollongong talent.





Foragers Markets have given careful consideration to offering a good cross-section of stalls, however most impressive is the effort in theming and decoration which adds to the buzzing market ambience. Bunting, flags and lanterns hang from the ceilings, old ladders and suitcases create visual points and armchairs and colourful umbrellas make for the perfect place to sit back and enjoy your Sunday. Put it in the diary, Foragers Market is a must!

Foragers Market – Open every Sunday
Additional Artisan Market held alongside on 2nd Sunday of Month

*If you are driving up from Sydney, stop by  Coledale Markets along the way – 4th Sunday each Month.



Ashfield Council is seeking Expressions of Interest for stall holders at Carnival of Cultures 2016. Carnivalofcultures1v2

Carnival of Cultures is Council’s premiere event attracting up to 20,000 people, celebrating the diverse range of cultures that make up Ashfield’s Local Government Area. Now in its 19th year, Carnival of Cultures offers a rare opportunity to target a large multicultural and family oriented audience.

Council is looking for international food stalls, hand-made/artisan products, and representation from community organisations. Local businesses are also encouraged to apply. Please note that Ashfield Carnival of Cultures is a sustainable event and preference will be given to stall holders with this value in mind.

If you are interested in holding a stall at Carnival of Cultures 2016:

Include your name, contact details and a brief description of your stall, products/services and experience at similar events. Please also send a photo/s of your stall and/or product range.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted via email to [email protected] no later than midnight on Monday 30 November 2015.

Contact Margot: 0450 750 002


Become a stall holder! Call Out to businesses to join the inaugural Cambridge Christmas Markets held at Vaucluse Public School on Sunday 29th November 2015 at 10am to 4pmCambridgeMarkets XmasPoster A3v3

Vaucluse is one of Sydney’s largest and most prestige suburbs within the Eastern Suburbs district. Boasting a population of approximately 9,000 residents, it is also one of Sydney’s most influential and affluent demographics.

With already 330 school families at its disposal, Cambridge Markets will tap into this instant audience as well as the surrounding local area, a discerning group who are interested in purchasing quality, unique gifts for family and friends in a relaxed local environment.

Organisers are looking for premium stalls. You could be a local business, a fair trader, an artisan craftsman or a supplier of specialist Christmas goods.

If you are a food vendor, we are interested in providing a selection of fare including breakfast and lunch options. Patrons will come to shop but will also make a day of it.

VPS is renowned for it’s stunning open grounds which includes a bush walk track and their prized Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

Be part of the community spirit and tap into this lucrative niche market. Hurry, don’t miss out. Spots are limited!


For further details please contact Madelienne Anderson at [email protected] or phone 04111 70008 or Rebecca Fox at [email protected] or phone 0468910558

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:18

Calling Stallholders – Brookvale Show

Bringing Circus and Sideshow antics to Sydney’s northern beaches!
Saturday 17th October – 10am to 4pm
Brookvale Oval

Brookie Show is back and better than ever!

This is a great opportunity to reach a large audience through a popular family-friendly event.

The markets will be located under the trees, with nearby live entertainment.

Stallholders selling unique, artisan, and Australian made products can now register.

For more information visit warringah.nsw.gov.au



It can often be difficult to get your head around the difference between vintage, antique and retro. which you’ll need to do if you’re consulting the past for a fresh take on what’s in vogue.

While that may sound oxymoronic, many of your favourite trends echo older styles one way or another. Think Parker furniture, Art Deco jewellery and Mad Men style fashion.

If you are looking to buy something that dates back but isn’t dated, pre-loved markets are the way to go. Here is a quick guide to help you on your way.


For something to be antique it needs to be quite old. How old? Well the generally accepted consensus is at least 100 years old, although someone who is slightly less pedantic might allow an item manufactured more than 80 years ago to pass off as antique.

Don’t be afriad to dig deep at the markets, many people get lucky and stumble on a lovely and valueable piece.


There are a few different points of view about what constitutes a vintage piece. According to the people at eBay, vintage refers to an item that is at least 50 years but not old enough to be an antique. Parker and other mid-century furniture all fit the brief.Vintage2

However, other sources define vintage as anything older than 20 years. This means that the flattering A-line dresses popularised on shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex count as vintage, as do eighties-era biker jackets.

Depressingly your high-waisted jeans and Doc Martens circa 1993 also fit into this category.

Vintage can be found at many of local Sydney markets, including Rozelle, Blacktown and Surry Hills.


The term retro comes directly from the Latin prefix retro, which means backwards. Retro looks back at the style winners from the recent past and replicates them.

Something retro doesn’t have to be old, it just has to look old. So if an up-and-coming fashion designer creates a collection of those aforementioned A-line dresses, those dresses would be retro.

Vintage3Retro isn’t just limited to clothes of course. New prints of old posters like the timeless Bally campaign by Bernard Villemot count as retro, as do velvet choker necklaces and Casio digital watches.

Retro style is also quite hard to age. It’s generally taken to mean any reference to pieces that are older than 20 years but younger than the Industrial Revolution.

To add to your confusion these definitions often blur or overlap.

In short, antique is older than eighty years, vintage is older than twenty, while retro generally refers to a replica of a noteworthy 20th Century artefact. 

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The Croydon Twilight Christmas Market is back again for its 7th  successful year. Croydontwilightxmas15v2
Friday, 27 November 2015
4.30 pm – 9.00 pm

A quality professional arts and craft market located in the heart of the inner west, this unique boutique market offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase high quality and hand-made products from professional stall holders sourced from artisan markets around Sydney.  Al fresco dining, live entertainment and a bar all add to the festive and relaxed atmosphere.  Kids craft activities to keep them busy and entertained while you shop.

Each stall holder is carefully selected for their creative and quality products from the fields of jewellery, women and children’s fashion & accessories, skin care, textiles & home-ware, gourmet foods including Christmas cakes and puddings, stationery, cards, gift wrap, toys and much more.

This annual arts and craft market is located in the grounds of Croydon Public School, 39 Young Street, Croydon and is a very easy 5 minute walk from Croydon Station and just off Parramatta Road close to the City West Link exit.

Don’t forget to “LIKE” us on our Facebook page facebook.com/CroydonTwilightMarket

To apply for a stall, click or copy the link below to your browser and complete the on-line application form:

Croydon Twlight Christmas Market Application Form

For more information or queries, please email [email protected] .


Thursday, 24 September 2015 17:27

Banksmeadow Spring Fair – Calling Stallholders

Join the Banksmeadow community in celebrating Spring on Saturday 24th October.

A family day out with market stalls, amusement rides, appearances by Larry the Lifeguard, Elsa and Olaf, silent auctions, monster Gold Coast holiday raffle, live performances by local dance schools & delicious food.

Banksmeadow Public School
Corner Trevelyan and Wiggins Street, Botany
10.00am to 4.00pm

Contact Sharna Rennie for stall enquires: [email protected]
0401 199 217

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THE GREEN Maroubra Community Market invites all stall holders – local businesses, farmers, makers, bakers and creators to apply for a stall at our BRAND NEW market located just a short stroll up from Maroubra Beach.MaroubraMarketPosterv2

Our first market will take place on SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER with regular markets to come on a monthly basis.

Stall rates vary from $40 to $80 and power and table hire is available upon request.

We want to showcase all things fresh, healthy, sustainable, creative, interesting, and most of all LOCAL, as well as providing the community with a fun, social, family event.

To join us in this incredible event, check out our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/maroubramarket or email us at [email protected]

Monday, 14 September 2015 20:53

Dreams in Colour – Must-Have Summer Fashion

It’s colourful, fun and locally designed, just what you need to brighten up your wardrobe this Summer! Local Market Guide talks with Kat Morley from Dreams in Colour about her lifestyle collection.

Dreams1Tell me about the inspiration for your products?

Dreams in Colour bases it’s inspiration from the vibrant beach culture of Bondi Beach. Each collection has a distinctively fun, colourful and happy theme with lots of tropical prints, florals, and aztec pops. 

What are your keys products and do you design all of the fabrics?

Our key ranges include beach accessories, tote bags, clutches, cotton throws and scarves. Most of our products we design right here in Bondi and we have a number of pieces made by hand to give the range a really unique feel.

Tell me briefly about the process from design to production stage?

 We start by looking at the latest trends from overseas, whether it be incredible colour themes, distinctive prints or the latest shape on the catwalk for accessories, I travel through Asia and Europe sourcing inspiration for our collections and work with my suppliers to create a unique range for Dreams in Colour that is both true to our brand and reflects the latest fashion focuses. 

Dreams2Do you have a background in fashion & design?

I was a buyer and product developer for 4 years for some of Australia’s biggest fashion retailers, Equip, Strandbags and Forever New, it was here I learnt and fell in love with product creation and gained the inspiration to start my own brand.Bags

Any fashion tips for Summer?

Mix and match your prints, be bold with your choices and embrace a floaty kaftan with a pair of fun sunglasses and a great hat – think beach to bar and enjoy the sunshine life with a touch of fun & colour

Where can we find the  Dreams in Colour collection?

We sell our products online www.dreamsincolour.com.au in our flagship store at 90 Oxford Street Paddington and at Bondi Markets and Paddington Markets every Saturday and Sunday.



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