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Published December 21st 2014
Find A Bargain You Never Knew You Had to Have
This must be the perfect location for a relaxing stroll through a unique market. The noise of birds and the Warrandyte River are in the background, this is a well-visited are for dog walkers and there are many quaint and trendy cafes nearby.
There's plenty of parking and the Rotary volunteers will meet and greet you. This is your opportunity to make a donation. Today as a random act of kindness the car in front of me paid my way and I was ushered through.
As I walk past a barbecue area I am reminded of another time when a potential suitor and I had a knock up barbecue. I cringe at the thought but that's not going to change my day. That was then and today I am grateful that I can enjoy the beautiful Warrandyte bush and river setting with my children happily running from stall to stall without a worry in the world.
The Warrandyte market has a country feel and country style hospitality. In general the stallholders are up for a good chat and open heartedly share samples. This is half the fun for the children. There's no pretentiousness at this market. What you see is what you get and everyone is out for a good time.
This is a family event
Warrandyte is the sort of place where you will run into good and honest, everlasting friends and if you don't you could possibly make some. This means you need to allow extra time as the meandering through the market takes a wee bit longer than expected. But don't be distracted from the stalls because there is plenty of variety and lots of handcrafted bargains to be bought. There are some unique gifts that I had never seen elsewhere.
My kids and I have a pact. If we see a charity tin or a busker we must contribute. There were lots of talented artists today so we spent all our loose change on them. One band captivated my son's attention for a long time. The groups of young men (some barefooted) were jigging about obviously enjoying themselves and helping the market goers do the same.
A group of buskers having the time of their lives
There were a few plant stores and I purchased a lovely pink lily for the garden. This is not a trash and treasure market where the sellers are just there to make a killing on the weekend. You could tell from the quality of the plants and the genuine assistance that these people really cared for the products that they sold. They were helpful and knowledgeable. Also available at the Warrandyte market were very inexpensive flowers. There were dozens of colors of roses for only $5 a bunch and other varieties of beautiful fresh flowers.
Don't eat lunch before you go
There were a number of food stores and it took a lot of strength not to buy the first treat. I am glad I resisted the tiny Dutch pancakes although the children thoroughly enjoyed them. I had one of the best crepes ever stuffed with vegetarian delicacies. It was really big enough for two but we couldn't agree on which one to buy. If you love pastries then get there early. Even 11 o'clock wasn't early enough to acquire a homemade quiche.
You won't see another one like it
I bought a stack of wrapping paper. At only $1 for four sheets or 45 sheets for $10 this is an irresistible bargain. This is definitely the place to shop for a gift. Individually designed bags (hand made in Warrandyte) were only $30. There were some paper craft gifts there I have never seen before. The shopkeeper explained that that was because she was the designer and they were exclusive to the Warrandyte market.
You won't get cheaper wrapping paper than that
I had a bit of a laugh when I saw the sign The Nut Lady. My son asked why anyone would call themselves that. I said 'If it's true, it's better to say it about yourself before others do!' Of course this was only a descriptive name for her stall… I'm sure she was perfectly sane and sold tasty nuts.
Perhaps unique to this market are the number of people walking their dogs. My children must have patted every single one of them. We learnt a thing or two from some proud owners about different for varieties of dogs and their temperaments. It was nice not to be stressed about anything today soaking up the sunshine and having a good old shop. What was I thinking during the last few weeks leading up to a hectic Christmas? Who cares? It doesn't matter anyway.
While in Warrandyte there are lots to enjoy. Read this article on twelve good reasons to visit Warrandyte.