Do you love wandering around a second-hand market? If you're anything like me, you may not be looking for anything in particular, but somehow you manage to leave with a bagful of essential items - all for just a few dollars! It's easy to do. This is the attraction of the Lions Woden Market, held every Sunday morning in the car park of the Woden Westfield Shopping Centre, 15 minutes south of the city. The market open at 7am and it is a gold coin donation to enter, with all money going towards the Lions Club in Woden and the local community. As the market opens early for a Sunday morning, the crowds don't start to pick up until about 9am when bargain hunters arrive to fit in an hour of market shopping, before the Westfield opens at 10am.
After paying the gold coin entry fee to get in, take a walk around the car park and view a wide array of stalls selling household items, plants, second hand tools, new electrical products, crafts, cakes, clothes, toys, books, vintage items, phone accessories, fancy dress clothing and more. Ensure you get cash out before you arrive - you won't be leaving empty-handed!
The popular Lions Woden Market, open between 7am - 12pm
If you have kids, this second-hand market is particularly popular for buying kids toys and clothes, at very small prices. On our last visit, our daughter had a gold coin burning a hole in her pocket and she stopped at several large toy stalls, looking for the best buy. Toys start from 50 cents, with literally hundreds to choose from. For parents, it is also the ideal place to visit before kids birthdays or Christmas, with often brand-new toys still in their boxes, at reduced prices. Clothing is another area where you can stretch your dollar further, with most clothes for sale for $1 - $2 and in excellent quality, as well as being ideal for Canberra's seasons.
Several market stalls selling children's toys from 50 cents...
This market is just like visiting one big garage sale, or exploring some of Canberra's biggest op shops. You just don't know what you are going to find. In Canberra, another popular second-hand market is on the north side at the Rotary Trash and Treasure Markets in Macquarie. This market is bigger than the Lions Woden Market, but both provide a bargain, second-hand shopping experience to the budget-conscious shopper. See here for a full list of weekend markets in Canberra.
On the way home, why not visit the Southside Farmers Markets, just a short drive away in the car park of the Canberra College. This way you can buy your fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, eggs and bread and then take it straight them home at the end of your morning of shopping. If you start early enough, you can knock off two great local markets - before 10am! Is there are a better way to spend a Sunday morning?