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The Pop Up Queens Do It Again
Market season is alive and well in Adelaide, and there are plenty of options to choose from whether they be night or day, inside or outside, large or small. But for something totally different, with an enticing atmosphere why not pop on down to one of the best pop-up markets in Adelaide, the Wattle Street Market.
Held in the garden of a suburban house at 77 Wattle Street, Fullarton from 9am to 4pm, the market is one of the more unique in their setting and environment, and one of the more special in terms of the boutique and eclectic range of goods and services on offer.
Coffee in the morning is always an attractor, but when it is organic and freshly made from origin-sourced beans by Sure Shot Coffee, it becomes a necessity. And there sets the first challenge – to sit down and savour the moment or to browse with coffee in hand. The challenge never lasts long as the freshly made cupcakes in the neighbouring stall result in a sit-down and a chance to do some people-watching.
In the corner of the property lies the aptly named 'kids corner' where a few of the little ones are patiently queuing to have their faces painted in the latest fashions and colours, while a couple of other kids play with a small assortment of toys designed to occupy their minds while their carers search the stalls.
The large and cool veranda of the classic Tudor home is alive with ladies pouring over clothes racks looking for those once-off, handmade, designer, vintage or special items that would never be seen in our large department stores. But as we all know, it doesn't stop with just a dress, as the keen stallholder next door with the hats, bags and belts eyes off the future customers in anticipation.
Looking back towards the front gate, some new visitors arrive empty handed, while a few others leave with large smiles and bags in their hands. Perhaps they bought some of those stunning lip balms, or maybe the pottery, or perhaps some of the enticing candles, towels or linen. It doesn't take an Einstein though to work out which stall the person with the large posie of flowers has come from.
Meanwhile a young adult wanders complete with something cool hanging from their mouth. Perhaps one of the much loved Locapops? A glance to where the direction that they have come from confirms my thoughts. If only I didn't have the cupcake! Or perhaps I'll come back in the afternoon for seconds.
The Wattle Street Market is the creation of Helen and Rebecca who have been offering their garden and veranda for a few years now. Each market is different with a slightly different range of stallholders dependent upon what is in vogue at the time. The market is held irregularly over the warmer months with details of dates, updates to times and schedule of the boutique stallholders available on their Facebook page.