The Village Markets, Burleigh Heads

The Village Markets, Burleigh Heads


Posted 2021-06-10 by Susan Jacksonfollow

If you enjoy markets and haven't yet been to The Village Markets in Burleigh, then it's time to treat yourself to a Sunday morning visit. This event, located at Burleigh State School, has a strong presence on the Gold Coast market scene and a personality all of its own. The whole vibe, with the range of stalls, complete with food trucks and awesome live music, makes for a really enjoyable outing. Promoted as "An award-winning platform for small creative businesses", stall items for sale cover an attractive range of goods from artwork and jewellery, clothing and homewares, through an array of leather bags, hats, photography, ceramics and much more. I just love the creativity this market exudes.

The live music has always been great on all of my visits. Lily Budiasa, in my opinion, never disappoints. Her sultry deep voice, made her collection - ranging through Tennessee Whiskey to Resolution and Dancing in the Moonlight - sound amazing. There are places to sit next to the live music, with some tables and chairs and blankets under trees, to relax on. Complimented by colourful bunting waving in the breeze, it makes for a perfect lazy Sunday morning, chill-out spot.The food offerings are diverse and are located on the sides, so it's easy to check them all out and then decide what to have. Food choices wouldn't be complete without the crucial Coffee Van and colourful Smoothie caravan. This week I also discovered bartender service , which promised "Enjoy my cocktails while you enjoy your party" – with a pop-up bar experience that can be taken to any location. The stall photos let the products speak for themselves and I had fun today selecting rather different offerings to share with our readers. Apologies to the many lovely displays and innovative goods I haven't featured. Standouts that caught my eye include the following.

Photosynthesis had a really attractive display of plants growing in water, with many in upside down recycled wine bottles, which looked original and innovative. These were definitely a case of Plants with Personality. One even had a fish friend swimming around the roots. If you want a unique beautiful gift for a plant lover in your life, be sure to check this out.Keeping with the sustainable theme, the Village Markets are well known for their Rack Sale. Filled with a range of pre-loved clothes, many with designer labels but without the original price tag, makes it a favourite spot especially for students. It's a hit or a miss re styles and sizes but the place to check for a serendipitous find. It's great to see recycled fashion being actively represented.

Daniela Fowler Art had gorgeous colourful pictures on display, full of happy vibes, both framed and unframed, in various sizes and with card packs for sale too. Half the fun of this market is the opportunity to Meet the Maker. Stopping for a chat is encouraged, with no hard sell.

[BREAK]Loved the dog bandanas and macramé leads made by Max and Koda . The fabric choices are lovely and a very well behaved Max, who took his marketing role seriously, adeptly modeled the products. The bunches of blooms and pots filled with botanics on the Bentlee Co stall were really attractive. Szar The Label also looked attractive with its collection of creative handmade pieces. Lotus and Luxe offer beautiful jewellery, with a zodiac-themed collection. Bagre Block House was another distinctive find. Their textiles are designed by Kristin Gardner in Australia and hand-block printed in India. Their bespoke cushion range printed on linen was gorgeous.

Drift Trading Co was another business that caught my attention. In addition to their artisan soy candles, their car scent tags with distinctive designs, teamed with an aromatic spray, make for a different gift.

There's a lot for avid shoppers to immerse themselves in and for the less enthusiastic shopper, there's plenty of food choices and an area to chill out in. The live music is a definite drawcard, which helps generate a relaxed, sunny atmosphere.

This market is a positively family-friendly event. Being located at a school has the benefit of a large sand based playground so if you are shopping with little ones, then there is a place they will enjoy too. There are toilets nearby as well.

The final feature wraps up with a great sustainable offering, with the Village Market's reusable cutlery sets, which also include 3 straws, a straw cleaner and chopsticks - great for your bag, our planet and your pocket. They also had other reusable market essentials at TVM info tent. Having worked towards being single-use plastic-free since 2008, the next goal is to be a zero-waste event. The focus is to ensure "the event is completely plastic-free, then diverting all waste from landfill to recycling or composting". Read more on their sustainability webpage .

If you are a small creative business that would like to be part of this event, check out the info here .

Note that market days operate on the first and third Sunday of the month, 8.30am – 1pm. There is parking on-site and more transport info here .

The best bit too is when you are finished, the day is not over, as the beach is only a short walk away, the sea beckons and so do the shops down James Street… Sundays are just made for this.

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