A freelance writer living with my family in glorious Newcastle. I love up-cycling, re-cycling and if I'm desperate, bi-cycling.
Published October 28th 2012
Love getting stuff cheap as chips?
Does the idea of searching through piles of cheap clothes, discovering a second hand board game you haven't played in years or rifling through DVDs and CDs to find a long lost gem really turn your crank? Look no further than the Islington Markets. You will find everything here from tools to fruit. It's like an enormous car-boot sale. On a good (weather) day the entire top and bottom levels of the park are filled with eager stall holders keen to off-load some hoarded delights. Consequently, no two markets are the same.
If you are a serious collector, you might want to get here early, like super early, as the stall holders tell me that's when pickers start arriving and haggling for the good stuff (if you're lucky you can find some great antiques for sale). But if you are like me and are more relaxed in your pursuit of a bargain, you might still want to arrive around 9 or 10am so you have time to do the whole place over before people start shutting down which is usually between noon to 1pm.
By the way, that smell that haunts you the moment you arrive is the sausage sizzle on the lower level, often run by a veteran's group so mandatory purchase is justified. Let's face it though, a banger on bread is a constant must whilst roaming the stalls (but sometimes tricky to do one-handed - don't drip the sauce). Happy bargain hunting!
To book a stall give Pat Burke a call on (02) 49712120.