Recently, I ticked something off my bucket list. I held my very first Rozelle Markets stall. I know. I need to get out more, right?
For those of you who are more further afield, the Rozelle Markets is a Sydney local institution. Held in the grounds of the local primary school, it operates every Saturday and Sunday, and is an ecclectic mix of closet clearers, professional resellers, garage salers and is home to some delicious food and sweet sounds from the resident band. I saw Casey Donovan performing there once.
I teamed up with a friend to share costs and look after each other. It was a long day! We hit the markets at about 6.30 am – did you realise how dark it still is at 6.30 am?! I’m often up but definitely not out at that time of day.
Alas, it was raining, so there was a scramble to locate our gondola, erect it properly, and get our tables set up – all whilst trying not to get too wet. The Welshman did a great roadie job. The rain teased us by clearing about 9am, before clearing for good around 11 am.
A large latte, bacon & egg wrap, some Coca Cola and a hot pork roll kept us going during the day. Sadly, the famed Reuben sandwich chappies weren’t there. The thought of a Reuben morning tea was kinda assisting my 5.30 am start!
My friend and I did our best with the limited space – the edges of the gondola kept pouring water onto our tables. We made back our fees fairly early on, so the rest was profit. We sold some beautiful things for some crazy prices, but the thought of packing them up and taking them home helped ease the pain.
Goodness, there are some odd people out there. Like the woman who bargained me down from $5 to $1 and then had the effrontery to expect change from a $50 note. Or the woman with a rather interesting bargaining tactic. She insulted me by telling me my authentic Coach bag was a fake and then was insulted when I wouldn’t take $5 for it. I’d rather keep it, to be quite honest.
What I Wore | Rozelle Markets
Comfort was the order of the day, so layering and trainers were the obvious choice. My classic Van Doren Vans have their own print clash going on, with a checkerboard and leopard design. They’re sold out, but check out these adorable floral Vans or these slip on leopard babies.
A vintage scarf hairbow sorted out early morning hair issues, and my Witchery cross body bag was the perfect market bag. My wallet and essentials in one side, my float and takings on the other.
Speaking of which, I’m thrilled by the fact that I made my fee outlay back early on, and pulled in over $400 profit. I came home with a few vintage treasures – like the kimono and brooch I wore here.
My friend sold her big ticket items and her car was a few boxes lighter on the return trip. I had three absolutely massive bags, and cleared one. I still have baskets full of shoes, hats, scarves, jewellery and handbags. The temptation to shop my own discards is proving hard to resist!
No problems though, as we’re backing it up with SecondHand Saturday on 18 April. It’s a local council-run event – like a Garage Sale Trail. Whatever doesn’t find a new home on that day will be donated to the local opshops.
Everyone wins – we get our spare room back in time for overseas visitors later in the year. Locals get gold coin bargains, and the op shops get quality donations to keep up their community assistance. Told you it was a win win!
Have you ever had a market stall?