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Published November 4th 2013
Find A Bargain You Never Knew You Needed
There's only one thing I love more than a market on the weekend… no not that.. it's getting a bargain a market on the weekend. Some might say I am an indiscriminate market shopper but I'd prefer to call it open minded. This is also partly strategic because if I go looking for something in particular I will guarantee I will never find it.
unique gifts, little treasures... you never know what you might find
I love the surprise of finding something unique and unexpected when rummaging through a box or picking through a bag of untitled odds and ends. True, there have been many times when unpacking and putting away the latest acquisitions I have discovered other similar forgotten treasures but I am not as bad as my friend. When she cleaned out her cupboards she found she had bought 12 identical coffee percolators… she must have needed them at the time and they were all a bargain.
There's something about a country market that I find very appealing. I think you are more likely to find an old heirloom, precious antique, an old tool or unique country ware. My favourite buy was an antique necklace with a large red stone. The seller told me it was an expensive handcrafted treasure from a lady selling off her grandmother's estate. I bought it for a mere $20 but would have paid five times the amount for this beautiful original piece. Every time I wear it I get comments.
My best find yet
For regular market dwellers and those who are interested in driving to the glorious Murrindindi region (the homeland of my mother) you can find a market every weekend.
1st Saturday of the month Yea Country Market. 9am-2pm Yea railway Park, Station St, Yea. 0409130587 Showcasing an array of quality produce including arts and crafts, this market also includes children's activities, a skate park and playground. The gold coin donation is donated to local charities. While there you must eat at Marmalades. Not far from the Murrindindi Falls.
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month Marysville Community Market. Murchinson St, Marysville. 57747277
Locally produced wares are sold. Homemade biscuits, preserves, lavender products, chutneys, honey, clothing and a range of gifts are all available.
Make sure you drop in to the Marysville bakery.
3rd Saturday of the month
Yarck Country Market. 9am-1.30pm
Yarck Hall, Maroondah Hwy, Yarck. 57734304
This market provides an outlet for fresh local produce such as wine, jam, plants and crafts. The market also helps fund the hall maintenance.
While in Yarck try out the Tea Rooms.
3rd Sunday of the month
Flowerdale Community Market. 9am-1pm
Yea Whittlesea Rd. 57801223
Features vegies, plants, arts, crafts, bric a brac and a few surprises. Food and drinks available.
Drop into the Flowerdale Pub. It's famous because of the way the locals fiercely protected it against the Black Saturday bushfires.
4th Sunday of the month
Kinglake Artisan and Produce Market. 9am-2pm
Kinglake Township, Kinglake Whittlesea Rd, Kinglake. 57861976
You can buy direct from the local grower, artist or designer. Because the produce is fresh, seasonal products are not available all year long
The Kinglake National Park is well worth visiting especially if you are a walker.
Market shopping or browsing (if you can resist) is cheap, fun entertainment. You could just find the bargain of the century. Even if you don't find what you need, you'll have a good time looking. Think of it this way. There are some words that should never be put together in one sentence. Shopping and need are good examples.