Bargains Down Under At Sydney’s Coolest Markets
Let’s face it, Australia is hardly a budget travel destination and even cheap flights to Sydney* are likely to be a bit of a stretch, but once you’ve scraped together the cash for flights and accommodation, Sydney’s eclectic market scene makes it easy for your trip “Down Under” to come in under budget. Whether you’re looking for vintage duds, organic eats, the latest sounds or souvenirs to take back home, here’s the lowdown on the coolest bargain markets the city has to offer.
1) Paddy’s Market
Now a bona fide Sydney institution, Paddy’s Market has been trading in the grounds of the historical Paddington Uniting Church for close to 40 years. Every Saturday come rain or shine you’ll find more than 200 stalls offering up everything from vintage fashion to Himalayan snacks. If fashion’s your thing, check out the market’s Emerging Designers Section for cutting-edge threads and jewellery, all produced by local designers.
2) The Rocks Market
This weekend market is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District. Every Saturday and Sunday the cobblestones are covered in stalls selling vintage records, original artwork, beauty products, fashion, locally produced homewares, photography and more. Head down on a Friday for the Foodies Market where you can fill up on free eats from around the globe and groove along to local bands. Look out for the Rocks Village Bizarre at Markets by Moonlight too. Throughout the year they host a night market here offering up a traditional village fair feel – with a twist. Burlesque dancers, poets, puppets and more fill the alleyways, where you can shop, dance, and take part in arts workshops too.
3) Carlingford Rotary Bring and Buy Market
Paddy’s and The Rocks can get more than a little swamped, so if you want to check out the real bargains and get away from the crowds, this is the place. Every Sunday the Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children at North Rocks plays host to hundreds of bring and buyers looking to get rid of old clothes, records, home décor and junk.
4) Kingsford Rotary Market
If you love a good flea market, you’ll be in heaven here. Every Sunday sellers travel to the corner Anzac Parade and Rainbow Street in Kingsford to offload all their unwanted goods. Bric a brac, weird old toys, recording equipment, pianos, paintings, hub caps, you name it, it’s here, spilling out of car boots all around.
5) The Way We Wear
The Way We Wear hosts vintage fairs in seven cities across Australia throughout the year, including regular outings to Sydney. You’ll find clothes, shoes and accessories spanning more than 200 years of fashion, right up to modern takes on vintage styles. As well as the stalls, there’s usually an eyecatching exhibition at the fair – the latest being the Titanic Costume Exhibition featuring clothing and accessories from the period. Check out their website at TheWayWeWearFairs.com for the latest dates.
*If you’re looking for cheap flights to Sydney for your trip Down Under, take a look at the Dialaflight.com site for the latest deals. They specialise in cheap flights to Sydney and discounted flights to far-flung destinations around the globe.
Posted on January 31, 2012 by Matt Stabile