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Marion Outdoor Market @ Marion Sports & Community Club

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Published June 18th 2012
The Marion Outdoor Market is a large market held on the first and third Sunday of the month at The Marion Sports & Community Club, 262 Sturt Road, Marion. Not to be confused with the smaller indoor Marion Art & Craft Market in Morphettville, this one is for early birds as it is only open from 8am to midday.

Perhaps the closest in style to this market would be The Original Open Market or maybe the Gepps X Sunday Treasure Market.

I can't help getting a sense of anticipation when I visit this type of market. What bargains will I get? What unusual stuff will I find? What will I laugh at the most? Did I bring enough money?

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Beautifully Finished Rocking Horses


With rain seeming only minutes away, I hurried through the gates and started hunting. After stopping to admire some beautifully polished rocking horses, I completely blew it. I knew it as soon as I said it to the middle aged lady: "Did it take your husband long to make them?"

Of course the lady was gracious (and said it wasn't the first time someone had made that mistake). She even explained how she had made some of the finer decorations, like individually inserting each horse's hairs. But, cringing inside, I moved on quickly. I decided not to make any comment at all about the next item I saw, ensuring there was no risk of further stereotyping.

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Curio at the Marion Outdoor Sunday Market


There were plenty of toys on offer for kids of all ages.

marion outdoor sunday market toys
Toddlers Toys


marion outdoor sunday market toys
The Largest Radio Controlled Car I Have Seen


Several fruit and vegetables stalls were doing well, with cheap fresh goods on display direct from the producers.

marion outdoor sunday market vegetables
A Choice of Onions


marion outdoor sunday market fruit
Oranges and Mandarins from the Riverland


Some stalls sold such an strange mix that it's hard to categorise it.

marion outdoor sunday market
Bits and Pieces


While there was a typical range of antiques and collectibles.

marion outdoor sunday market antiques
Old Singer Sewing Machine


marion outdoor sunday market collectibles
Collectibles


Plenty of free parking was available, although once the rain started, getting out took a lot longer than getting in. Apparently there is limited space available under cover in the Club buildings, but most buyers were content to put up with a quick shower of rain. There's also a kids playground in the markets, so nobody needs to get bored.

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Free Car Parking


So what is the verdict on this market?

My first thought is I should have arrived earlier, instead of 11.30 when some traders were already packing. I didn't have enough time to browse properly, and any bargains are usually sold very quickly.

Despite the cold and wet, there were plenty of buyers and sellers here, easy parking, and a variety of food available. It's just around the corner from Marion Shopping Centre, so also convenient to go.

I will definitely be back to see what goodies I can pick up.
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Why? Because I can never visit enough markets
When: Every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month. 8am to midday.
Phone: (08) 8296 8444
Where: The Marion Sports & Community Club, 262 Sturt Road, Marion
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Is the Marion Market, on Sturt Rd still operational? there's no mention anymore in Saturday's Advertiser, or anywhere else...
by dersp (score: 0|8) 2339 days ago
yes it is still running.
See:http://www.clubmarion.org.au/markets.php
by alika (score: 0|8) 2140 days ago
is it on APRIL 1 2018
by biggu (score: 0|6) 595 days ago
Is this still running
by tammy (score: 0|5) 1930 days ago
What time do sellers need to arrive? What is the stall fee? Do you need to book a site?
by Sarah (score: 0|5) 1635 days ago
Went to the market today. Sooo many stalls. And lots of bargains, only on til midday. Cafe also open.
by Johnm (score: 0|5) 1397 days ago
Hey wondering if some eye glasses were handed in at today's market my son let his glasses at a stall
by Bluef (score: 0|5) 1103 days ago
Are dogs allowed on a leash?
by allan (score: 0|5) 1012 days ago
Went to the market today. Sooo many stalls. And lots of bargains, only on til midday. Cafe also open.
by Johnm (score: 0|5) 1397 days ago
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