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Be as proud as a peacock with your purchases
My favourite market is just around the corner. Like a child waiting for Father Christmas, I am excited.
'A haven for the handmade, join us as we fill our street with artists, makers, musicians, scrumptious food, creative activities, games and children's activities,' is what is promised. Sixth Street Handmade Makers Market certainly delivers!
Every year, I browse the stalls and pick up interesting gifts and things I need. Pretty handmade Christmas cards, tags or packaging make presents look inviting before Christmas.
The market is set on several levels. Even though I visit without children, I love wandering through Don and Brenda's Kids' Land which connects the upper and lower streets. It is always amazing, creative and free.
Colourful Kondoli the whale is a great rest spot for Ngarrindjeri storytelling. Free face painting, ice creams, drinks and confectionery will also keep the kids happy. Look out for the free balloon animals and farm animals to pat at Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm.
In a new edition to the market in 2019, the Regional Gallery has partnered with the Murray Bridge Youth Council to allow youth between the ages of 12 and 25 to hold their own subsidised stalls. Look out for these up and coming craftsmen and women and give them your support.
Live music by Aaron Thomas, Barney Rebel, Luke Swinburne and the U3A Bridge Strummers will give the market a happy vibe.
Barbecues in all shapes and sizes are visually arresting. Get a snag and a brew from the blokes at the Barbecues. Spanish, German and Greek food will be tempting your tastebuds with delicious aromas.
Each year over 50 artists line the street, and you can select unique jewellery, clothing, homewares, cards, books and more. Regional Profile Cutters have great garden art and signage. You can duck into the Art Gallery for even more art and craft to view or find something to purchase in the fabulous gallery gift shop. A two-minute stroll down the street takes you to the famous Cottage Box Chocolates. Located in the main street of Murray Bridge, it's the best place for a Christmas gift or treat for yourself. Notts Nursery, five minutes drive over the bridge, has gorgeous garden gifts and is not to be missed.
All photographs of Sixth Street Market 2018 by JA Rossiter.