Everyone loves a bargain, especially any of you struggling uni students out there. And if you’re in Sydney, you lucky legends are surrounded by an abundance of the most unique flea markets in the country. There’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find a gem, no matter what you’re interested in.
So, what better way to spend a weekend than to go on a sneaky treasure hunt. Not to mention, you’ll feel stellar while doing it, as you’ll also be supporting the local communities that dedicate time to keeping the markets alive for Sydney locals and tourists alike.
We have done a little hunting ourselves, and here are our favourite finds across the city.
#1 Rozelle Collectors Market
With a huge range of pre-loved fashion, jewellery, antiques and one-off collectibles, Rozelle is the place to go in search of something special. If you need to take a break from all the excitement, this open-air market provides talented local entertainment to unwind to. Hungry? Check out the mouth-watering selection of good value food from local artisanal producers and international food stalls.
Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm.
#2 Blak Markets
If you want to experience top notch Indigenous art, music and culture, Blak Markets delivers it all. Run by First Hand Solutions, this initiative provides economic development opportunities to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Communities. Featuring works from local artists, this event creates an atmosphere of cultural significance.
Opening Hours: 11th of March, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern, 9:30am-4pm.
#3 Surry Hills Markets
Expect vintage designer fashion, books, antiques and hand-made beauty products as you stroll around the beautiful Shannon Reserve in trendy Surry Hills. They also specialise in recycled goods and they are a must-visit destination among locals.
Opening Hours: First Saturday of every month, 8am-4pm.
#4 The Finders Keepers
Originally founded as a design market in 2008, Finders Keepers has evolved into a bi-annual festival bringing independent Australian designers together with art, local music and good food. Held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo, founders Brooke Johnston and Sarah Thornton have created an event to support small, local businesses that promote conscious consumerism.
Opening Hours: Bi-annually; Friday 4th May: 12pm-9pm, Saturday 5th May: 10am-6pm, Sunday 6th May: 10am-5pm.
#5 Paddington Markets
Celebrating 44 years of trading fashion, accessories, and hand-crafted beauty items from emerging designers, the Paddington Markets are Sydney’s original art and crafts market. With around 250 stalls, you will find everyone from the hottest young designers searching for that statement piece, to a family relaxing under the trees with a bit of lunch from the International Food Court.
Opening Hours: Every Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Image sources: Eat Drink Play, Broadsheet, Sydney Art’s Guide, WeekendNotes, Paddington Markets, Inner West Mums and Finders Keepers