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Published November 21st 2017
These markets in Adelaide are full of bargains
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.