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Published April 12th 2015
Top up your pantry or find the perfect
This market is deceptively big - it sits modestly in the shopping centre car park outside the IGA supermarket in Mount Waverley. I'm delighted to see the broad range of good stalls.
Fresh produce on sale
For your grocery and produce needs, there's a fresh produce stall and several that offer home baking - particularly cakes, cookies and muffins. They boast they are freshly baked and ready to be tasted.
My eye is drawn to the rows of colourful jars at Jude's Jams and Chutneys. Along with several inviting looking taste pots, Jude will offer her advice on the best use for each condiment she offers - and there are several.
Judes' Jams and Chutneys - colourful range
The Rhubarb & Orange Jam caught my eye, as did the Bread & Butter Pickle. This is the type of fare that puts me in mind of my own childhood, and the home-made goods my mother would make for us. Jude has a very good selection, and the aroma that arises from her tasting dishes is quite delicious.
Several other sauces/spice stalls are here also.
For gifts, you will find jewellery and gemstones, crafted origami-style ornaments, and handmade goods.
Toni Leigh's Creations
Toni Leigh Creations offers a range of handmade jewellery, using semi-precious gemstones in sterling silver. Toni is on hand - she has a flair for colour balance and design, and she's also aware of what's currently on trend, so if you need a gift (for yourself or for another), you may well find it here.
Dorothy and Margaret are joint hosts - at Got Me in Stitches, Dorothy creates pieces for her stall - as an avid producer of knitting, crochet and Tunisian; her stall proudly displays her fabulous range of textiles in hats, scarves, and wraps.
Got Me in Stitches / Embroidery by Margaret
Her business partner Margaret works along side her at Embroidery by Margaret, where exquisite needlework is on sale. This stall has some unique offerings - rather than the usual rather limited range of sweet florals and pastel linen sets, Margaret's have an edgier character. Her guest towels have gothic-style lettering, and her other gifts feature unique messages. For example, there are gift toilet rolls, with text such as "... I've beaten the cr*p out of cancer" . These will definitely appeal to the customer looking for something a bit different. (Note - You can find Embroidery by Margaret on Facebook, or email her at: EmbroiderybyMargaret@gmail.com)
Gothic style guest set - by Margaret
There's bric-a-brac, second-hand, and "grandma's china cabinet" items. You will also find several stalls with eco-friendly, recycled goods; at Cycle Ceylon, there is a small range of products made with recycled paper, featuring notebooks, pens and pads.
Recycled Paper items here - Cycle Ceylon
Some of the commercial stores are open also, including the chemist and the supermarket. Three cafes are available for refreshments if you need it. You can finish off your shopping at the supermarket if you need to.
Crafts and gifts available here
The Mount Waverley railway station is within a few metres of the market, which makes it very easy to get to.
Love your articles Ali, would you consider coming along to our market to check us out. Clarinda Lions Art & Craft Market, cnr. Bourke Rd & Viney Street, Clarinda. Melways 78-J-7. 4th Saturday each month 10 - 2pm
Indoors market, air conditioned, free entry and oodles of free parking.
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