Feeling the need to sate the part of you that craves handmade jewellery and designer fashion, good music and just that bit of Brissy culture experience of walking through markets? South Bank's Collective Markets will be just the place you would want to visit.
South Bank is right beside Brisbane's Cultural Centre and is connected to the heart of city by a bridge, so navigating around that area would be easy peasy. They hold different events from time to time and some of them are completely free.
I went for the Collective Markets that Friday night to indulge myself in a little break from all my university assignments, and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed.
Like most markets (besides fresh food markets), they sell a variety of apparels, home decorations and some more. What really caught my eye that night was the printed coasters and make-your-own charms and rings. I found them to be really interesting and I have never seen them in other markets (such as West End Market).
And of course, how can a market not have some cool local live music, right?
The live music adds a refreshing touch to the markets while you slowly saunter pass the different stalls. There were some other bands around, but I suppose I was just drawn to bright stuff. Or maybe handsome faces. Or maybe both!
If you're trying to be as economical as possible, I reckon that the Collective Markets isn't exactly the place where you'd want to be getting your gifts or apparels or even jewellery. No doubt they have some really cool stuff, but I'd say that the prices are leaning towards the steeper side.
Still, I reckon that it was a really nice experience. So for me, just window shopping was fun.
To just to go to the markets for window shopping obviously defeats their purpose.
Please bear in mind that the stall holders have to pay:
Stall Fees (GST Included)
Saturday: $105.00 per stall per market
Sunday: $90.00 per stall per market
Both days: $195.00 per stall per market
Plus $10 for insurance if they are not covered.
The original idea of community markets, that is, the sale of excellent food, often home grown or baked, and goods, often handmade, in the spirit of the true community ethos at very reasonable prices is rapidly declining,
If you are lucky enough to make, say, over $100, obviously you have made no profit. It is understandable, maybe, that prices are a bit "steep". As a stall holder myself, wanting to play on a level playing field, these fees have made the sales of handmade goods at a market, not viable.
Check Etsy out for the best bargains - I hate having to say that. I have to sell my items at the lowest price possible and offer free postage in Australia. I am by no means the only one person small business owner hoping to supplement their meagre income. btw thanks Abbott and Hockey.
So before you think of going to a market next time, ponder upon this lack of community spirit by those who are offering the places for stalls at such inflated prices.