When it comes to undercover markets in Adelaide, there aren't many that are held every week. For around 15 years the big blue shed at 230 Flinders Street has hosted a market, although it has been far better known in the last three years as the home of the Flinders Street Market.
The manager of Flinders Street Market recently closed the business, and is believed to be looking for a new venue. Since then, long term market operator Leigh has re-started his undercover markets under the new name The Market On Flinders and is inviting market stall operators and food vendors to join him in a reincarnation of the old markets. They will continue to sell artisan jewellery and goods, fresh food, retro clothing and furniture and assorted antiques and bric-a-brac.
The Market on Flinders is in the Big Blue Shed on Flinders Street
In fact, if you're looking for the best antiques and collectables in Adelaide, you could do worse than talking to Leigh at The Market On Flinders. On my first visit to these markets in Adelaide about three years ago, I was impressed with the variety of things for sale at his market stalls. On my visit a couple of days ago he showed he still has kept the variety - in fact I heard that dealers come early every Saturday to have first pick of his wares.
Saturday was the first day open for The Market On Flinders when I visited, and also AFL Grand Final day. The roads were quiet, and there weren't even any people at the local playground, so I guess most people were glued to the TV. As one of the few people in Adelaide who doesn't follow football, I wasn't expecting to see many people out and about.
Leigh's Market Stalls of Bric-a-Brac, Antiques and Collectables
Sure enough there was little traffic in the city and at The Market On Flinders. This actually suited me well as it gave me freedom to browse the market stalls at my leisure. I got lucky rummaging through Leigh's collection of antiques and collectables, and bought a couple of things I had been hunting for a while.
Chocolate at No 5's food stall selling hot chocolate, freshly brewed coffee and cakes was doing well, with market stall owners chatting together during the quiet time. Some stalls had a wide range of goodies, from retro handbags to brassware, vintage toys, and old books.
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Artisan jewellery was on offer from Molka Dots with homemade earrings in a variety of designs available for sale. You can even find vintage fabric earrings and specialty Christmas earrings - check out the range online at the Etsy shop.
Kate from Satin and Tat was showcasing a colourful collection of hand cut collage, including some very pretty scarves and striking stickers and prints. See more of Kate's work on her website.
Advertising Banners & Posters from Vintage Station Banners
The stall for Vintage Station banners displayed an eye catching assortment of historical advertising posters, vintage glamour banners and customised photos. If you don't see what you're looking for then ask - they can often whip up something special for you.
Another of the market stalls had several tables of assorted bric-a-brac, antiques and collectables. I didn't see the stall holder's business name, but I'm sure they will be regulars at The Market On Flinders. They had a large collection of retro handbags and purses, clothes, and also brassware and vintage toys.
Enjoy Freshly Brewed Coffee and Cakes at The Market On Flinders
The Market On Flinders is open every weekend from 10am to 4pm. It's hardly surprising that their first day was quiet on the long weekend, but you can expect these undercover markets in Adelaide to start booming very quickly once the news gets out. Expect to see more stall holders selling fresh and organic food, art, clothing, vintage clothing, antiques and collectables when you visit.
Find more about The Market On Flinders on Facebook, Twitter and their website. But the best way of all is to just pop by the the big blue shed on Flinders Street and see for yourself. It's just down the road from The Jade.