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Published June 22nd 2014
Update June 23rd 2016
After nearly 3 years of operation Michael Pratt's Wayville Vintage Market (renamed) will have it's last day of trading on Sunday 26th June 2016.
Go on - you know you want to
Pratty's Mobile Advertising Sign Powered by an Aircraft Tug
While we have recently lost the Brickworks Markets in Adelaide's western suburbs, the number of undercover markets continues to grow steadily. This is just so very handy for winter shopping when you really don't want to be out in the cold and rain.
Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market in the newest arrival, having just opened last week in the Adelaide Showgrounds Dairy Hall - you can't get much more rustic than that!
The Warehouse Market is Held in the Adelaide Showgrounds Dairy Hall
The warehouse market (free entry) has a strong focus on antique furniture and upcycled wares, Australiana, vintage and retro clothing, handmade crafts and artisan goods. Of course you will also find market stalls selling old records and videos, second hand books, toys, bric a brac and lots of other goodies too.
Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market has free entry and is open on Sunday every weekend (except during the Royal Show) from 10am until 3pm. After you have finished shopping at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market on Sunday you can wander next door to the dairy hall and browse the latest bargains at the warehouse market.
Despite having no signage up yet on Leader Street, there were still plenty of people wandering in to browse the handmade crafts and artisan goods while I was there. Owner Mike Pratt told me that the market is still developing, and there is plenty of room for expansion as more stalls come on board. Mike is quite a fan of antique furniture and upcycling himself, and proudly showed me a couple of his projects - one was a door which he re-purposed into an attractive table.
The cost of market stalls at the warehouse market is very modest, and that seemed to be reflected in the prices of things for sale. You could pick up a couple of retro film movie cameras for around $20 and second hand books were also inexpensive. And your next fancy dress party would go so much better if you wear a gas mask ($18) or even a Russian Army cap ($65).
Adelaide kids will love the range of toys on sale, from Lego mini figures to model cars with many other retro toys and games for sale.
You Can Find Model Cars, Handmade Crafts, Artisan Goods & Antique Furniture
For health reasons Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market won't sell food within the dairy hall, but a Vili's van was parked right outside this week should you be overcome with hunger after checking out the wares. It's likely there will be more food stalls outside soon, perhaps complemented with some wineries offering tastings - now that sounds like my sort of market.
Parking is easy at the Adelaide Showgrounds now, with boom gates and automated parking. Charges are quite reasonable - parking for between 30 minutes and 2 hours only costs $3. It's a lot easier than trying to find a park in side streets, and the market has free entry.
Tie Dyed Tops and Retro Clothing Are on Offer at this Adelaide Showgrounds Market
Could Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market become the best antique & collectables market in Adelaide? You tell me - but they have a head start with a great location, low prices, and the farmers market conveniently next door on Sundays. The range of things on offer is good, and I can see them growing in popularity quickly
Want to know more? You can find the warehouse markets on Facebook here.
More stalls there now, opening only on Sunday now. Also visit the Adelaide Farmers Market (Leader St off Goodwood Rd) for well priced local and Hills produce, just next door to Pratty's Warehouse Market.Re cycled fashion, jewellery,potted plants,records,bric a brac, antiques,toys,candles,soaps.etc Pam C