When it comes to indoor 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 known for a few years under other names including the Flinders Street Market.
These popular city markets are only a short stroll away from popular shopping and dining strips, and have now adopted a new name - City East Markets. They continue to sell artisan jewellery and goods, fresh food, retro clothing and furniture, antiques and collectables and assorted bric-a-brac. Of course you can also find coffee brewed and roasted by local favourite, Green Elephant Coffee.
City East Markets 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 City East Markets. On my first visit to these markets in Adelaide a few years ago, I was impressed with the variety of things for sale at his market stalls. When I visited recently Leigh showed he still has kept the variety - in fact I heard that dealers come early every Saturday to have first pick of his wares.
Leigh sources the most quirky and unusual items, including old photos, sea shells, vintage medical equipment and hard to find books. It's pretty much the first place I head to, while my friends are more likely to linger for a coffee, at the artisan jewellers, or pick up some treats for their furballs at other stalls.
Leigh's Market Stalls of Bric-a-Brac, Antiques and Collectables
I arrived late in the day and at City East Markets the crowds were tapering off. 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.
Despite the cold day the fairy floss stall was doing a roaring trade, and home gardeners were snapping up plants from a market stall outside. Indoor stalls had a wide range of goodies, from retro handbags to brassware, vintage toys, and old books.
Artisan Jewellery at The City East Indoor Markets in Adelaide
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 City East markets. 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 City East Markets
The City East Markets is open every weekend from 10am to 3pm. You can expect these indoors 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 he City East Markets on Facebook 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.