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Set Up Your Own Market Stall @ Glebe Markets

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Published May 14th 2013
Turn your junk into jewels and your trash into treasure
A lot of people visit the markets to hunt for bargains and treasure. It's an adventure in itself, digging through overladen clothing racks or scrounging for trinkets stuffed in an out-of-the-way basket at the back of a stall.

Every market has its own atmosphere and vibe, luring people from different niches, with taste often mimicking the care of a curator choosing art for a gallery.

Visiting a market is an enjoyable weekend experience, but take it one step further and set up your own stall for a day or two. Market stalls are a great way to get rid of old goodies or sell brand new merchandise that could be quirky, cute, unique or plain practical.

There's a lot of hard work and long hours involved, but grab a few friends or family members and this could turn into a social activity or one you can add on the list of, "I'll give it a go just for the sake of it." It's not guaranteed profit, but the experience is unique.

Glebe Markets offers casual stalls from $75.00. Pre-booking is available and recommended, otherwise you'll need to show up at 6:00am to join the queue and there's no guarantee on a busy day that you'll get a stall.

The downside of pre-booking is there's no refund and since Glebe markets runs when it rains, you'll still have to show up during a downpour or forfeit the cash.

Tables are an extra $10.00 each and you'll have to provide your own tent, umbrella, table cloths and display racks etc. All you get is the space.

Glebe Markets
My casual stall, setup on a nice corner spot in Glebe Markets

The good things are the number of people Glebe Markets draws every week and David and his crew who manage the markets are very organised, directing cars for quick loading and unloading and ensuring all stallholders are looked after.

All day parking is available for $6.00 at Sydney University, with a $4.00 refund for stallholders, but if you can find a spot, try the bus lane on Parramatta Road that runs outside the University, since this is free parking on weekends. Make sure you park within the correct signage though.

Glebe Markets
A constant stream of people at Glebe Markets

Glebe markets is located at Glebe Public School (Glebe Point Road, Glebe) with the administration tent for stallholders on Derby Place.

Other markets to consider:

Parklea Markets offers casual stalls from around $120.00 and welcome pre-bookings for the full weekend at a discounted rate.

Bondi Markets runs on Sundays and a casual stall begins at $70.00. Note: They love one-off garage sales, but the form to apply for a stall can be quite cumbersome.

Check out your local council website for monthly farmer's markets and local fairs where they accept applications for stalls during certain times before the event.

Also check with market organisers if you need to have your own public liability insurance. Glebe Market doesn't require it at this stage and you can pay an extra $10.00 to utilise the one at Bondi, but this could be a substantial cost for a one-off market, so hunt around and ask the right questions before committing yourself to a stall.
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Why? To feel the buzz of a market from the other side.
When: Weekends. Check with individual locations for opening times.
Phone: 0419 291 449
Where: Any market that offers casual stalls.
Cost: $70-$150
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