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The Original Open Market

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Published November 21st 2017
These markets in Adelaide are full of bargains
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Market Stalls at the Original Open Market in Christies Beach (Image Supplied)

In tight economic times we all have to make our dollars last longer, and one way is to buy goods at markets rather than from high priced retailers in glitzy shopping centres. And somehow open air markets engender a sense of excitement as you meander through, never knowing what you will see at the next seller's table. There's an atmosphere at car boot style markets that just doesn't happen anywhere else.

One of the biggest remaining Trash and Treasure style regular markets is The Original Open Market at Christies Beach Reserve on the first and third Sunday of the month. It is free to buyers, has been operating since 1982, and supports a plethora of charities within the City of Onkaparinga from the profits.

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Handmade Jewellery and Artisan Goods

Getting there from the city was a breeze on the Southern Expressway at that time of the day, taking about 30 minutes from Adelaide. The Market is about 500m west of the Dyson Rd Christies Beach intersection, and parking is plentiful in the area. Please note that dogs aren't allowed here.

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Market Stalls Include Local Artists

Goods sold include all sorts of second-hand items, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants, home made jewellery and crafts, antiques, collectables, bric-a-brac, old wares and computers, at far better prices than you will find in your local Cash Converters.

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Find Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at the Original Open Market

The market was already very busy when I arrived at 10am with shoppers bartering good naturedly with sellers. There was plenty of variety in the market stall offerings and I picked up some fresh organically grown fruit but drew the line at a wicked looking hot chilli plant!

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These Hot Chillies Weren't For Me

In another row I found a seller with some second hand tools in good condition at a bargain price, so my pocket lightened again. And my friend was drawn to a selection of healthy looking native plants, eventually settling for a grevillea.

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Native Plants Are Great for Your Garden

All up it was an enjoyable outing - it's been a while since I have been to this part of town but I think I will be back soon to check out the market again. After all I am saving money, aren't I?

Find out more about the Original Open Market at Christies Beach south of Adelaide from their website and the Facebook page. You'll be glad that you did.
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Why? Because car boot sales are fun
When: First and Third Sunday, 8 am til 1pm
Phone: (08) 8382 4784
Where: 119 Beach Road, Christies Beach
Cost: Free
Your Comment
the market was bigger and better when dogs were allowed to go. there are not as many buyers now . i believe people are going elsewhere were they can take their dogs.i know that I am.
by caron (score: 0|5) 1741 days ago
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