Wayville Market is a new under cover weekly market in Adelaide, held every Sunday and public holiday Monday at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Selling retro furniture, vintage fashion, handmade and vintage jewellery, antiques and collectables, this new market replaces Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market.
The timing and location of Wayville Market is well chosen, as the thriving Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market is located right next door. There is a downside though, in that it's not easy for first-time visitors to spot the Wayville Market entrance through the crowds of people at the Farmers' Market.
Find Antiques and Collectables, Retro Furniture and Handmade Goods Here
Although these markets in Adelaide's southern suburbs have only been operating for a couple of weeks, there were plenty of market stalls and people browsing the goodies. I found the vendors to be very friendly, with several engaging me in conversation as I wandered around. It created a pleasant atmosphere as none were pushing their own products.
The Wayville Market has broad appeal to both males and females, and to people of all ages. The variety of unusual antiques and collectables will stimulate your interest, as you never know what to expect next. Porcelain figurines compete for shelf space with old typewriters and aboriginal artefacts such as boomerangs.
If you're searching for retro furniture from a few decades ago you will find plenty that is clean and in good condition. Also from that period several market stalls including Vintageless Treasure have old vinyl records, or you can pick up Marilyn Monroe prints to add some style to your home decor.
There's no shortage of vintage jewellery at Vintique Australia, with plenty of pearl necklaces, old gold jewellery, and bracelets for women. The market stall owner assured me that demand now is as strong as it ever has been, and their vintage handmade jewellery is a sound investment.
Vintage Jewellery: Pearl Necklaces & Handmade Bracelets for Women
Don't get the wrong impression though - Wayville Market has plenty of new artisan goods and homewares too. Pick up doggy door mats, doorstops for cat lovers, and a brand new type of stubby holder that I haven't seen elsewhere. One item that caught my eye was Wrappa Bees environmentally friendly wraps - a sustainable product to replace the polluting plastic variety.
Also at the market you can relieve pain and stress with Reiki from Zen Thyme Healing, or relax by planting seedlings from Hillside Seedlings - ready to plant for the growing season.
After walking up and down the aisles of market stalls I needed a break. Fortunately there's an outdoor cafe with tables to relax, and a lawn area where kids can play. The cafe from Spicey Kitchen Delights sells an all day breakfast with vegetarian options, and you can get freshly brewed La Crema Coffee on the spot too. There's plenty of fun for kids too with a bouncy castle to soak up their energy.
Sip Freshly Brewed Coffee With Your All Day Breakfast
As a late riser I wasn't quite ready to face the awesome all day breakfast with loads of trimmings, instead opting for a simple bacon and egg sandwich. I was pleased when the cook asked me how I wanted the egg cooked - important to me as I only enjoy soft eggs. The sandwich arrived very quickly with a generous amount of bacon, and I ate it to free live music from a musician nearby.
When you visit the Wayville Market, you'll find it just east of the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market. You can walk straight in from Leader Street unless you plan to drive in and pay for parking. Parking is possible to find in the side streets, especially after the Farmers' Market closes.
A Big Range of Market Stalls Tempts Shoppers to Wayville Market
These undercover markets in Adelaide are open 10am - 4pm every Sunday and public holiday Monday, see the Wayville Market website and Facebook page for more details. Bring plenty of cash - you never know what you will find.