A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published April 7th 2014
There are all sorts of markets out there – fresh produce, flea markets, lifestyle – but what about those markets that are especially tailored for the littlest trendsetters? Specialty kids and babies markets are growing in popularity and number, so how do you know which are worthwhile visiting?
The Weekend Notes team of writers has already done some of the hard work by reviewing some of Brisbane's favourite kids and babies markets. Check out the reviews for upcoming markets including Mamma's Market, Mathilda's Market, and the Baby and Kids Market.
There seems to be two main categories for kids and babies markets – those that specialise in new handmade or designer products, and those that offer pre-loved children's items.
Image courtesy of Rock a Buy Boutique Markets
Handmade originals are super cute for tiny tots. Maybe you need to find custom-made accessories such as hair clips in school colours, printed named wall hangings, or seasonal decorations. If you're looking for new unique and stylish clothing, home wares, toys or accessories then be sure to visit:
Kids outgrow their toys and clothes so quickly when they are young. Pre-loved kids and babies markets are not only a great way to stock up on essentials but also grab a bargain. You can often find lots of unused or hardly used baby products here, so it's particularly good for parents-to-be to get set up and to get an idea of which 'must have' baby products they probably have little need for.
Quality preloved clothes at a fraction of their original price, image courtesy of Rock a Buy Baby Markets
Gently used toys still have a lot of life left in them. Image courtesy of Rock a Buy Baby Markets
When the time comes for the baby stuff in your house to move on then you might consider becoming a stall holder at one of these markets. For a small cost you could potentially get rid of all your baby clutter in one morning, without the hassle of online listings or waiting for prospective buyers to visit, and have a bit of extra cash to spend. It's even better if you can find a like-minded friend to share a stall with.
Got no room for one of these? Then sell it! Image courtesy of Rock a Buy Baby Markets
Pre-loved specialists (although they also feature a small number of stallholders with new stock) include:
Most kids and babies markets are held indoors to escape the elements. Those that are held outdoors have cleverly timed their opening hours to coincide with cooler twilight weather. Many are held in convenient locations that have well thought out designs to ensure that shopping for kids, with kids in tow, is just that little bit easier. You'll find that most offer free entry, ample free parking, venues that are stroller friendly, toilet facilities, eftpos facilities, and somewhere to stop for snacks to refuel along the way. Check individual market websites for dates, locations, conditions of entry and facilities offered.
Dolly Vardens coffee van, image courstey of Rock a Buy Baby Markets
Quite a few markets offer a family-friendly experience with their unique entertainment. Face painting, bubble blowing, jumping castles, craft activities, science shows, and music activities are just some of the reasons why more and more families are choosing to plan an outing at a kids and babies market. You could even be lucky enough to spot a cartoon character, fairy or superhero browsing the market stalls.
Image courtesy of Rock a Buy Baby Markets
Whatever stage you're at, whether it be pre-natal, babies, toddlers, or school-aged kids, there's certain to be a kids and babies market out there for you. As a market browser, stallholder, or just looking for an entertaining day out we're spoiled for choice of markets. Plus you'll feel great supporting local and small businesses, knowing that you have helped reduce landfill by buying pre-loved, realising that you have just bagged yourself a quality bargain, or finally finding that one-of-a-kind handmade item.
So, where is the best kids and babies market? I think it depends on the reason for your visit - my favourites have changed as my kids have grown. Which are your favourites and why? Is there one coming up near you soon? Are there other markets out there that you would go back to because of their quality kids and babies products and services? Please share your thoughts and comments below with Weekend Notes readers.