Throughout the cooler months in Melbourne, which just happens to be most of the year, I often find it difficult as a market stall holder, to find local undercover markets for my wares. During the warmer months I am happy to set up my gazebo outside in the sun but in winter it is not something I enjoy doing. Furthermore, the challenge is to find diverse locations and diverse customers without travelling too far.
Recently I stumbled across the Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church Market, which is titled "Market 'n More". Although I was sceptical at first about operating from such an undiscovered market location, I was pleasantly surprised with the professionalism, organisation and pleasantness of the volunteers running the market on the day.
Final Dates for 2014
In addition to the two previous markets held at the church on the 29th of March and the 31st of May, the final two market dates for 2014 are: Saturday the 30th of August 2014 Saturday the 29th of November 2014
The church can be found at 235 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing, Vic 3029 It is located right next door to the Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre, near the new bus terminal.
The cost to visit the market is free. Obviously you will need cash if you decide to purchase any products. The majority of stallholders do not have eftpos facilities, so please bring cash with you. You can however use the banking facilities at the Werribee Plaza if you don't mind the short walk.
Products available at Market 'n More
This market may be more of a boutique style, but it certainly did not disappoint when it came to the product quality, range and prices. Products included new and used, animal beds, toys, clothing, door stops, candles, cards, home wares and much more. No doubt you will find something for every family member at this market.
While you are visiting the market, stop and buy one of the very delicious sausages on bread that are available from the outside sausage sizzle gazebo. You can either have one with or without onion, sauce or mustard. Then wash it down with a refreshing cool drink from the same stall. Just as with the stallholder's payments, the sausage sizzle helps raise much needed money to ensure the church continues to provide services to the local community. Oh and did I say how deliciously yummy the sausage was…..
Once you have finished buying products from the market, why not venture into the 'Take2 Opportunity Shop' at the rear of the church. You will find a range of pre-loved items for sale. All of which are at very affordable prices.
Here you will find items ranging from jewellery and clothing to books, games, toys and electrical goods. In fact you could spend quite a bit of time looking around the boutique-style store.
Food and Drinks
In addition to the sausage sizzle stall, the church has its very own permanent café on site. Here again you will be tempted by the yummy food for sale, which can be washed down with a deliciously hot coffee. If you need a quick break from all of the shopping, you can sit back and relax in the chairs provided either at the café or further back near the op-shop entrance.
Not only is there the market, op-shop, sausage sizzle and café, you can also be entertained by the angelic singing and inspiring dance routines in the church itself. These are all performed by the local schools and are a pleasure to watch and listen to.
Information for Stallholders
For anyone who would like to sell their products, both new and second hand, you can book a table at either one of the next two markets, by following this link. It will direct you to the Market 'n More stallholders' information, agreement and registration forms.
Outside second hand stalls cost $20.00, inside new product stalls cost $25.00 and power to the stalls costs and additional $5.00 per stall.
Set up time for stallholders is 8am at the earliest and there is a strict time of 1pm before stallholders can start to pack up. No one is allowed to pack up and leave before 1pm.
One table and two chairs are provided for all stallholders.
Outside tables are 180cm x 60cm and inside tables are 180cm x 90cm.
The allocated space for both outside and inside stalls is approximately 3m x 2m, which should provide ample room.
The due dates for payment for the next two markets are:
Friday the 22nd of August
Friday the 21st of November
Payments can be made to:
- The church office on Thursdays and Fridays only between 9am and 12 noon.
- The Church Op-shop from Wednesdays to Fridays from 10am to 3pm
- By post
No payment for stalls will be taken on the day.
There are a limited number of carparks available on the church grounds. These are allocated for customers only. Please be advised that stallholder's cars must be moved prior to the market starting at 9am.
There are also plenty of carparks available next door at the Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre, or off-street parking in the service lane on the other side of Derrimut Road.
For further enquiries about the market or any other event that I to be held at the Uniting Church, you can contact them on the details below:
Phone: (03) 9748 8700
Address: 235 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing, Vic 3029
Mailing Address: PO Box 1256 Werribee Plaza, Vic 3029
Support the Community
By supporting this market at the Uniting Church, you know that you are helping support the services that the church provides, as well as the locals who make and sell their wares. Without this support, local markets and services could not operate.
So come on down, enjoy the day and pick yourself up a local bargain.