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Spring clean at the Chandler Markets

Spring clean at the Chandler Markets

| On 04, Sep 2013

I have somewhat of a confession to make.  It’s not something that I would usually admit, so it’s probably not that smart that I am putting it in writing. But here I am – I have too many clothes.

I have way too many clothes.

Not only that, but I spend too much money on clothes, despite the fact I am attempting to save for an overseas trip at the end of the year.

I decided to take action.

I put everything I no longer wore up on Facebook and sold it to my friends. The stuff that didn’t sell on Facebook, I put up on eBay and sold it there.

Then the question arose – what do I do with the stuff that’s left?  I had no idea. I put it in a big duffle bag, packed it away and vowed I would take it to the closest charity bin … tomorrow.

Turns out, I never could part with those clothes that I had spent so much money on, and couldn’t give them away for free. So I decided to take them to the Chandler Markets and flog them off cheaply.

Last Saturday night, I shoved them all into three huge plastic boxes. I put all the jewelry in a polka-dot toiletry bag. I put all the shoes in a separate box, scrounged up any last minute clothing items, and set my alarm for 3:30AM.

Upon arriving at the venue, my best friend and I drove our car through the darkness and into the Sleeman Centre, where we were directed to a pre-booked area.

We opted to pre-book a stall, but if it turns out to be a last minute thing, casual stalls are also available if you show up on the day.


Image by Lucinda

We pulled our car in, unloaded our stuff, and started setting up for the day.

We had skirts, shirts, sunglasses, blazers, beanies, hats, bags, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, boots, heels, sneakers, and dresses, all lined up on trestle tables and hanging on two racks behind us, all of which we hired at the markets for a small sum of money.

Luckily for us, the stall next to us did not show up, and we had our stuff set up out over two stalls by 4:55AM. At 5 AM, the people started to roll in.

I think the trick with markets is you have to be willing to negotiate.

We had signs on our markets saying “Nothing Over $20”, but the fact of the matter is, I don’t think we sold one thing for $20.

The most expensive thing I sold was a $15 dress, which still had its tags on it.

By the end of the day, we were selling everything for $5 or under.

Whether it was jewelry, or a dress … I just wanted it gone.

If you’re not willing to drop the prices of your clothes, and accept that even if you did pay $200 for what, in hindsight, was an extremely over-priced Sass & Bide t-shirt, you sometimes have you sell it at less than what you wanted.

The reality of my situation was that if I weren’t selling the stuff here, it would have been in my local lifeline, so I was happy to take just about any sum of money.

Despite giving a lot of happy customers bargains, we ended up leaving the markets with nearly $400 each, stuffed into our extremely trendy bum bags.

Image by Lucinda


Here are some tips to ensure that your market day is as smooth as possible:

  • Try and bring your own racks where you can.  The racks available for rental, while cheap, have a very thick pole where you hang clothing items, meaning not many styles of coat hangers fit them.  If you do opt to rent them, make sure you bring wide hooked hangers
  • Make sure you bring a water bottle, and if you want to save money, also bring lunch, as it’s quite a long day with the markets running from 5AM until 1PM
  • Try and hold the stall with another friend, as you can split the cost of the stall, and then there is always some one there to watch the stall when you go to fetch food or head off for a loo break
  • Request an under cover stall, in case of a change in weather
  • Bring some fold-out camping chairs to avoid being on your feet all day
  • BE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE and sell your stuff for less than you might like.

The Details:

When:  Every Sunday

Where:  Sleeman Centre, 1699 Old Cleveland Rd, Chandler

Parking Available:  Yes

How To Book:  Call Cheryl on 0414 606 313