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Who needs Toys-R-Us
Come to the Kids Market at Clarence Park Community Centre
Articles about markets in Adelaide are one of the most popular categories on Weekend Notes. Whether you're talking about car boot sales, vintage and retro goods markets, or food markets, you can be guaranteed that there will be lots of people interested.
When I write about these sales and markets, I always check with organisers whether there's any activities for kids. After all shopping at markets is usually a family activity, (some people even bring their dog), and even the most patient children usually get bored after hanging around watching you barter for ten minutes with an intransigent seller.
If there is any fun for kids at most markets in Adelaide, it's typically face painting, temporary tattoos, amusement rides or a playground, with colouring-in books a cheaper fallback. Sometimes I see kids working at market stalls, but more often they are using their Playstation in the background.
But what if there was a market just for kids? Children selling their own toys, books and other possessions to other children? Surely they would enjoy this a great deal more - and god knows many kids these days have a few spare toys which they wouldn't miss any more. Some parents I know actually have dedicated rooms to contain the toy collection, because they won't fit anywhere else.
The Clarence Park Community Centre is holding exactly this sort of market on Saturday April 13. The Kids Market is dedicated exclusively to children, giving them an opportunity to run their own market stall, and sell their own surplus goodies from their warehouse.
In past years toys have been one of the most common things seen at the market stalls. Think Thomas the Tank engine (in every conceivable size), dump trucks, ride on toys, Lego sets, model trains, building blocks, clockwork and battery operated toys, soft toys, Barbie dolls and maybe even vintage toys if you're lucky.
You'll also find stalls selling clean used clothing for kids, second hand books, and maybe the occasional CD's and DVD's. Some of the children in previous years have sold tasty eats like cupcakes, but you will need to sign a waiver for Council and provide a list of ingredients for this.
Basically anything that's good for kids is okay for the Kids Market, but whatever you bring is going to have to fit into your allocated space. Five dollars will rent you the market stall table sized 120cm by 75 cm, and you're allowed to bring your own card table at no extra cost. Be sure to bring enough change too, in case somebody hands you a hundred dollar note. Just don't expect to make a huge profit, because whatever your child prodigy earns might just get spent as quickly.
Sellers are welcome to arrive from 9.30, and the Kids Market opens for business at 10am on Saturday April 13 at the Clarence Park Community Centre. If you plan to rent a market stall, then be sure to book early as there are only 30 tables available, and people come to these markets in Adelaide from miles around.
If you have any queries contact the Clarence Gardens Community Centre on (08) 8293 8166, otherwise good luck on the day.