The Village Markets are held at Burleigh Heads State School oval on the first and third Sunday of every month. They offer a good range of stalls with a focus on clothing and gifts. It was at the Village Markets that I discovered a clever initiative, where a business is printing images onto the base of thongs (aka flip flops/ slip slops/ slops). They go by the name of Thong Emporium and basically if the picture is an image on a computer then it can be printed onto your footwear. They looked so cool. I like brand creator, Steve Savage's description of the thongs as: "art for your foot". His digitally printed thongs are so effective and fun.
Another stall that caught my eye was the beautiful, fresh, crisp display of bikinis hanging creatively from a piece of driftwood. The uncluttered area offered a changing facility too. Made you want to step in and buy a new bikini. Peony was their name. Look out for them if you visit.
The live music was a good atmosphere creator. Ashleigh Mannix was on while we were there. This young lady has a unique voice, which would sound great in a club setting, as she gave a vibey performance.
There were a number of unusual things for sale, like the cake stand made from old records, very retro. The bags were really nice, some beautiful leather, others made from different material. Some clothing is quality, pre-loved, others are new so there's something for everyone's budget. We arrived after midday and this market finishes at one, so wasn't busy for us which made for enjoyable, crowd free, shopping experience.
The market is a nice place to visit with your girlfriends/ sister/ mum. Then you can walk over the Gold Coast Highway and have a swim at Burleigh Beach afterwards. Parking is on the oval and is free (enter via Lower Gold Coast Hwy and exit via Acanthus Ave). There's also parking nearby at the Council Car Park on Connor Street. The market time is 8am – 1pm. Click here for more info.
Today's market (16 Dec, 2012) was their biggest yet, with 93 stalls.
"Founded in October 2008, the aim of TVM is to create a platform for talented emerging fashion designers, artists, photographers and vintage collectors to showcase their wares". If you enjoy browsing locally made and designed gifts, this is the place to go.