Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fancy that...?!

If you're a fan of gran's loose change you may already know that I write a monthly blog for our friends over at FashioNZ. This month, it's all about tips for shopping at the markets - FANCY THAT! WE are launching markets on the 6th of November. Coincidence?

Read my blog entry below: (or click here to read it in all its glory on FashioNZ).

To Market, to Market

With summer on its way, I for one am excited about lazy weekends, sunshine, swimming and shopping. (Always, always shopping!) The difference with shopping in summer, however, is that outdoor markets start popping up so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds - spending money and enjoying the sunshine!

During my two years in Sydney I frequented the Bondi and Glebe markets weekly with the Surry Hills and Kirribilli markets a monthly fixture in my diary. Markets are a fantastic place to pick up unique and interesting clothes and bric-a-brac as well as a great founding place for up and coming designers. Bondi did it for sass & bide after all...

Sadly, good, strong markets are one thing New Zealand seems to lack, so when I say 'outdoor markets start popping up' I mean, gran's loose change along with Idiom Boutique created our own! The Little Big Markets are launching in Mount Maunganui this November with regular stallholders including Riddle Me This, who recently debuted at New Zealand Fashion Week, NYNE, a favourite of FashioNZ, gran's loose change, Idiom Boutique and Neverland Collective.

The Glebe Markets were a favourite of mine because there was always live music, a heap of fashion and a fabulous mix of new designs and one-off vintage stalls - The Little Big Markets hopes to replicate this and grow to be bigger and better!

The Little Big Markets will be this summer’s Saturday morning must-visit in Mount Maunganui. Located next to Zespri on the corner of Matai St and Maunganui Rd, the markets are an innovative arena to showcase vintage clothing, samples and seconds, jewellery, arts, crafts and more. You never know what treasures you may find!

Launching November 6th and pretty much every second Saturday throughout summer, The Little Big Markets will be well worth the drive to the Mount!

Dates are:
November 6th and 20th
December 4th and 18th
January 15th and 29th
February 5th and 19th
March 12th and 26th

When visiting markets it's important to remember the following:

Take cash. A lot of stalls won't have Eftpos and if they're busy, they won't be able to hold your products while you dash off to get cash

Make sure you have a good couple of hours free - there are so many interesting people, products and things to see at markets, before you know it you're whole day may be gone!

Have a water bottle with you - markets are outdoors, in the sun, in the peak of summer

Make sure you get there early - the best stuff sells fast so the early bird catches the worm!

We hope to see you there. Until next month,

Kel x

Read The Little Big Markets' blog here

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