Shopping, food, and live music with a vintage twist
That Dapper Market is the place where quirky, kitsch, and cute go to mix and mingle. The focus here is on the local and the lovely by way of shopping, music, and food with a relaxed and friendly marketplace vibe. It might sound old-fashioned, but it is actually very now and if it is unique clothing, homeware, and accessories you seek, then this is where it is at.
The popular market usually features between 40 and 50 assorted stalls selling an abundance of vintage fashion as well as locally produced handmade art and craft work. It is where you will pick up funky clothes, potted cacti, colourful prints, handmade jewellery, hanging cacti, oversized cushions, soy candles, several more variants of cacti, and plenty of other interesting pieces. Past stallholders, to name just a few, have included Three Card Trick, Mint Cloud, and Gretel Girl Draws.
Not only will your shopping bags be full, but your belly too. The selection of food is another reason to check out the market. There are a few choices for carnivores (the hotdog stand is all yours), but majority of the stalls cater toward vegetarians and vegans, particularly those with a sugar habit. There are some organic and gluten-free options too. With a huge array of cakes on offer from the likes of Fakery Bakery and The Vegan Tart, Veggie Velo was somewhat of a savoury saviour among the smorgasbord of sweets.
Shopping can be thirsty work, so it was lucky then that Two-Bit Villains were on hand to provide refreshments in the form of old-style soda pops. The event is licensed, so market-goers are able to relax with a beverage or two, in this instance from The Hills Cider Company, while listening to live music performed by local indie and folk artists. The line up has previously included Loren Kate, Sitara, Laura Hill, and Buffalo Boyfriend.
You might go for the shopping, but you will stay for the atmosphere. Senses collide with a different sight and sound at every stall, tempting things to taste and touch at every turn, and crowds of colourful customers in each corner. Much more than just a market, this is an event and a highly anticipated one at that.
That Dapper Market has been operating for several years now at a few different locations in and around the city. As enigmatic as it is eclectic, it is held on what seems to be an irregular basis, but as popularity increases so too does momentum. Once held a couple of times a year, it now attracts a crowd of thousands every couple of months.
Take this year for example, there was a market in March at Park Terrace in Bowden and in May at the old Trims site on King William Street. Word on the street is that the next one will be held in August, but you will need to 'like' the That Dapper Market Facebook page to stay up-to-date on everything Dapper, including dates, venues, stallholders, and performers because, like the merchandise, each market is unique and slightly different to the next.
Lads and lasses, fashionistas and foodies – there is something for everyone at That Dapper Market. Admission to the market is free and there is a door prize to enter upon arrival. It is held on a selected Saturday afternoon and extends into the evening, a point of difference when most markets in Adelaide tend to open in the morning.
As soon as the doors are unlocked the venue is packed and as the hours pass the aisles become as congested as peak hour in the city. Would-be patrons, therefore, would be wise to arrive early to avoid the traffic jam and before all the brownies have been eaten and raw cakes have melted. Most importantly, beat the crowds to discover the best and most dapper treasures because as the saying goes: first in, best dressed.