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Published January 25th 2016
More bargains than you can poke a stick at
Stunning flowers to brighten your day
Considering I'm a local and a market lover, it's absurd that I have never made it to the mammoth Kingsbury Drive Community Market in the La Trobe Uni carpark. It's no excuse, but in my defence I have thought about it many times, but had no other interested parties to go with.
Going nuts at the market!
This may reflect badly on me when I tell you that they have a great selection of some of my favorite and most frequent purchases - mostly are food. If only I had known that they had such an array of fresh nuts, homemade breads and pides, dip, fruit and vegetables. I don't think you could make a homemade pizza with so many vegetables for $4. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
There were plenty of samples which led me to buying more dips than I needed. Indecisiveness and great food are not a good combination for me!
Line up for beautiful fresh breads
The market also sells ridiculously cheap plants. I just recently paid $20 each for Black Adders and I spotted them at the market for only $10 each. I could have got twice as many for the same price as I paid.
On the positive side I have been looking for carpet squares, which I found there, and they are about a third of the price of what I was going to pay. Three metre x 2.45 metre carpet squares are around $180.
A carpet bargain
I'm going to go back for the 3 m long window washer/roof cleaner. For only $50 this is something that I definitely do not need but will probably use eventually and be thankful I was so insightful.
Next time I go I'll have to go back by myself if I want to try out the tarot cards. None of my family appreciates the tentative links. It's only $15 for 15 minutes or $30 for 30 minutes, which I think, is very reasonable. They also do Reiki for the same price. Be sure to book ahead as they are popular (beyond my family).
Predicting it's going to be busy
Even though this was apparently a smaller market because it is close to Christmas, I hadn't allowed enough time to get around all the stalls. It's a bit deceiving from the front where you cannot see the rows of stalls behind the first row.
Hundreds of garden features
There were stalls of brick a brac and good quality second hand books. I love rummaging around in these stalls because you can always get a unique bargain if you are open minded and patient. My suggestion is that if you see something you like just grab it before someone else does. I made this mistake on a Paullina Simons book.
Only $2 each
The Kingsbury Drive Community Market is Family friendly and dog friendly. My mum said that there are sometimes more dogs then people at the market. The young busker added some life to the market. Looks like he would make a tidy little income on this sunny day.
A young entertainer
There are rows and rows and rows of beautiful fresh flowers at bargain prices. If you're there at closing time they reduce them even more. I bought three bunches for $10. The sunflowers are still very much alive one week later as I type this.
That's my kind of pizza
If you want a snack, you might like to try the Nepalese street food experience. Run by some young blokes they sell a yummy biryani and delicious dumplings. There's plenty of shady spots to sit under the gums at La Trobe.
Watch your lunch while it's cooked
I'm guessing that some stalls are permanent and others causal so you never know what you will find there. However, there's lots of good stuff there…. I challenge you not to find something to spend your money on.
The plants you bought for $20, if from a business, had to include taxes, staff wages, payroll tax, work over etc ect. Market stall holders are not subject to these expenses and contribute little to the economy. Please consider this before making unfair comparisons. Markets hurt small retailers.