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Published April 20th 2017
A day in the country but close to the city for lots of goods
There are quite a few markets in and around Gawler. The name here is a misnomer as this one, held on a weekday, is not a traditional style market with stallholders. The event here every Wednesday is a cash auction with many types of goods for sale.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Market
There is a big selection here every Wednesday morning. Image by Out and About.


You can head along early from 8am for viewing the goods. You can bid either two ways. Get a bidders number by registering at the office and then pay for the lot at the end of your purchased. This is useful if you are going to be here for a while and want some items outside. The second way is to pay the cashier who is standing next to the auctioneer. It is best to take a small bag of loose change and smaller notes. It will be frowned upon if you are holding things up by pulling out a large note.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Market
Have your small change ready for paying your successful bid. Image by Out and About.

Proceedings begin at 9am inside the big shed with a live auction of small caged birds such as pigeons, budgerigars, finches, ducklings, and more. Also fertile hen eggs ready to hatch can sometimes be for sale. Bids are made per bird but you may be bidding on the box lot, so make sure you listen carefully. There may also be some small pets for sale here.

After the birds, they move along to the vegetables and fruit. Some are mixed box lots. Cut flowers and plants are also for sale when in season. When you bid per item, you can say how many of them you want to take. Some people take the lot and you may miss out. For example, there may be 10 pumpkins on the table and someone may take four or all of them.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Markets
The vegies and plants are popular items up for auction and it can get a little crowded. Image by Out and About.

The inside goods take quite a long time. Meanwhile outside the poultry is being auctioned. Remember to take cages or secure boxes if you are seeking some hens.You will need to ask the owners how old the hens are if you are wanting laying hens or you may end up with an old hen that is past her laying years.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Market
Goods outside can take well into the afternoon to get through. Image by Out and About.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Markets
Valuable and smaller items are in a locked up cage. You can inspect these items prior to the auction. Image by Out and About.

Once the auction gets to the outside lots, there are two auctioneers moving along at once, so you will have to keep an eye on where the direction is headed. There is a huge assortment of goods for sale, including building materials, furniture, tools, stuff from the shed, kids toys, strollers, kitchen wares, car parts, and more. You never know what you will find. The public can submit goods for sale also but you have to be there very early in the morning to do so as it fills up quickly. Call the number below for more information on selling your goods.

Gawler Poultry and Veg Markets
Inspect items carefully as there are no refunds. Image by Out and About.

Refreshments vans are provided with the usual junk food and cartons of iced coffee milk. The closest shops are Gawler Green shopping centre on Main North Road with supermarkets and cafes. Or try the shops on Curtis Road Munno Para. The auction runs every Wednesday but closes over Christmas break for a few weeks. On busy days proceedings can take up to 2 o'clock.

FINAL TIPS- The ground here is very rocky and uneven so it is best to wear sturdy enclosed shoes. Dogs are not welcome here due to birds and animals for sale, so leave them at home. The venue is exposed to the weather and gets strong winds and is hot in summer so take a hat. Toilets and hand washing facilities are onsite.
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Why? The place to go for more stuff to cram into your frig or shed
When: Wednesdays from 9am( closes over Christmas/ New Year break)
Phone: Karen- 0403660717
Where: Hayles Road, east of Main North Road, Evanston South
Cost: However much you wish to pay- cash auction.
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