I had the pleasure of attending the final Mister Mode event in 2011 on the tenth of December. Sheltered from the relentless rain and humidity, the market was held in a split-level warehouse. It was no drab industrial building though, with plenty of eye-popping colours on stall racks and larger-than-life murals on the wall.
Entry to the market costs $8 presale, or $10 on the night. The small fee is well worth it though, as the stalls are brimming with bargains and one-of-a-kind pieces. I nabbed a skirt and a top for $5 each, and a dress for $10, which was typical of the pricing of most stalls. I didn't see anything on sale over $40. Most of the pricier items were from stallholders stocking their own hand-made jewellery. Among the quirky custom items were earrings and brooches made from computer keyboard letters, from both PCs and Mac computers.
The majority of items were pre-loved, with most stalls having a miscellany of quirky secondhand items. Quite a few of the labels on clothing were distinctively from different eras - I recognised a few 80s tags - so you know you're getting genuinely vintage gear. There were a few modern chain-store items, at op-shop pricing, hiding amongst the racks. It seemed that lots of the items on offer had once been owned by the stallholders, leading the friend who came with me to have the brainwave that we should spend more time browsing stalls where the owners seemed to be about the same size as us. Few things in life are as heartbreaking as finding a dress and falling in love with it, only to discover it is nowhere near your size.
Forget the piped music which is often a feature of shopping centres- Mister Mode features an array of live music performances. Bands and solo performers took to the stage, and if one didn't take your fancy, there wouldn't be too much longer to wait until the next performer's set.
The market opens at 6pm and shuts at midnight, leaving a wide window of time in which to peruse the retro wares on offer. It takes about an hour and a half to have a thorough look at all of the stalls, although presumably the amount of stalls will only increase as Mister Mode becomes more popular.
Mister Mode markets are a new addition to the vintage market scene, having debuted in 2010, so the frequency of markets has not yet been established. Check their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with when the next market is.
Natasha's entry to the Mister Mode night market was courtesy of Mister Mode.