I stumbled across this market accidentally. I had a meeting in Fitzroy and went for a wander because I arrived early – and saw lots of signs up along Johnston Street proclaiming there was a market on.
And of course, once I knew it was on I had to stop by.
The Fitzroy market is held at Fitzroy Primary School on the third Saturday of each month. According to their website, it helps to raise awareness and funds for programs for people in need.
The market hosts about fifty stalls, and from what I saw there is a lot on offer. In some ways it was a bit like a car boot sale because there were some people operating out the back of their cars, but there was also a lot of food stalls and handmade items for sale.
I was also quite surprised to see a Hunter Gatherer stall at the market. I actually stopped into the store on Brunswick Street on the way home though, and found out they now regularly have a stall there. If you stop by the market, it’s well worth a look because everything is priced between $5-$20 or so.
I found this market really well priced. It’s unusual to find such consistent pricing at markets, but when I spoke to stall holders who were selling second hand clothing and accessories they seemed to be trying to get rid of everything. And of course, a market where people are trying to offload their wares is always a lot cheaper than a market where they are trying to make a profit.
I myself had $3 to spend. I gave a $2 donation at the gate (I’m not sure if that’s compulsory – the manager at Hunter Gatherer said it wasn’t though), and had $3 left.
You would think that $3 wouldn’t get me very far. In fact, it got me a new ‘blingy’ ring and necklace. I have plans for this ring, because I have one in pink too – ultimate finger bling.
I enjoyed visiting this market, although I really wish I had come prepared with more money! (Although perhaps it was better I didn’t…) Some of the handmade items were really unique – I saw some beautiful rings that were pebbles with intricate little drawings on them. That particular stall holder was also selling designer bags for $10 each, and they were real too!
I think I’ll be going back as soon as possible.
You can read more about the market here and find out their opening dates, or check out their Facebook or Twitter pages. As mentioned above, the market is open on the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm, at Fitzroy Primary School (corner Napier & Chapel Streets, Fitzroy).
The first image used in this post is from here.