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Author Topic: Markets in Your Town or City : what are they like?  (Read 940 times)
Hurricane Annie
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« on: August 10, 2015, 03:59:38 am »

I'm putting this query  in metaphysical  because it  is " miscellaneous " and  wistfully maybe  possible Steampunk related.

 The markets in  [the great metropolis  of ] Auckland N.Z. are  noncohesive and inconsistent.   They are  invariably of the Farmers market type or approximately   once a month  for a short season.  There is night markets  but they mainly  are mainly proffering over priced manky  food  stalls.

I believe  that other smaller borough of the  like  of The Hutt and Oamaru,  dedicate civic  centres   to certain  transient  retail  opportunists and have some success and support   from the authorities. Oamaru we here tell , has a whole precinct   of Victorian  delights and entertainments.

 In your own  Municipal regions  , what type of markets  do you enjoy,  are they themed  and what type of goods are  displayed and sold with in?
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 04:48:15 am »

Taylor, Michigan, USA:

We have a Friday farmer's market in the summer where you can buy fresh vegetables, honey, a few baked goods. Nice to visit occasionally, but 20 minutes away is the Detroit Eastern Market which is a full scale commercial market that is open every morning to supply the region's green grocers.

As far as non-food is concerned:
Closed this year: Gibraltar Trade Center, a large regional flee market that had long been in decline.

Also in town is the Taylor Town Trade Center, a scaled down imitator of Gibraltar. They rent areas to vendors for the long term so the inventory doesn't change much from week to week. They have a side area for weekend shows with sellers that set up just for those two days, and sometimes you'll find something good at those shows.

Half an hour away near Pontiac is the Dixieland Flea Market; same kind of deal. I haven't been there in ten years.

There are other weekend flea markets that occur occasionally in the region. Tecumseh flea market down toward Ohio is open weekends in the summer and was pretty good when I used to go a decade ago. The web says that they have expanded the buildings, but the outdoor areas was always where the best stuff was. Venders used to set of the night before and pickers would show up at six in the morning; part of the reason why I don't go any more.

Greenmead Flea Market is in Livonia twice a summer. Large show in a city park. pretty good pickings the one time I went.

I went to a large flea market at the Milan Race Track last summer. Similar to Greenmead. Found some nice vintage toys.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2015, 02:00:34 am »

In the bustling metropolis of Wellington, home of Capital! Steampunk, we have a couple of choices of market.

On Saturdays we may attend the Underground Market, so-named not because there's anything furtive about it but because it's in a carpark under a hill on the waterfront.  Many crafty-type goods are on sale, and the market regularly has theme days such as 'vintage' or 'wool'.  And of course, BG member PitYak Studios may be found there, purveying his splendid selection of Brasstech weapons along with various bits of uniform and other accoutrements.

On Sundays it's the turn of the City Market, further along the waterfront, which specialises in food (and drink) from the region.  There's a splendid jam/marmalade maker I patronise regularly, a very good butcher, bakeries, chocolates and various ethnic specialties, plus usually a local restaurant in the market kitchen showcasing their menu.

Oamaru in the South Island, as Miss Annie rightly notes, has an excessively splendid Victorian precinct.  Their farmers' market is held in an adjacent carpark; I regret I haven't yet managed to get to it because we're always heavily involved in steampunky activities when we're down there.  Maybe next time (November).
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2015, 03:53:37 am »

In the bustling metropolis of Wellington, home of Capital! Steampunk, we have a couple of choices of market.

On Saturdays we may attend the Underground Market, so-named not because there's anything furtive about it but because it's in a carpark under a hill on the waterfront.  Many crafty-type goods are on sale, and the market regularly has theme days such as 'vintage' or 'wool'.  And of course, BG member PitYak Studios may be found there, purveying his splendid selection of Brasstech weapons along with various bits of uniform and other accoutrements.

On Sundays it's the turn of the City Market, further along the waterfront, which specialises in food (and drink) from the region.  There's a splendid jam/marmalade maker I patronise regularly, a very good butcher, bakeries, chocolates and various ethnic specialties, plus usually a local restaurant in the market kitchen showcasing their menu.

Oamaru in the South Island, as Miss Annie rightly notes, has an excessively splendid Victorian precinct.  Their farmers' market is held in an adjacent carpark; I regret I haven't yet managed to get to it because we're always heavily involved in steampunky activities when we're down there.  Maybe next time (November).

 The Underground Market  name has a certain punk  ring to it. It  would be an intriguing market Mecca


 The Land of Jafa [ Auckland] will have to get its act together . I will not do to be out done by the Windy city of Wellington.

 
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2015, 10:46:11 pm »

Townsville, Queensland:
Various, most notably the Cotters Market in Flinders Street, which has much craft (read: clutter) for sale, and some produce. And many dodgy food stalls. Also some at the Willows. The Showground Markets were discontinued after TC Yasi, which damaged the block they were held in and around, and the Show Society seems to have decided it was insufficiently profitable and the structure was demolished. That also had some produce and clutter, but it was a good place to find lots of old junk, for decor, and some things that could still be used around the home. There are also markets in Strand Park, along the seaside, on the first Friday of the month, May to December; and the Moonlight Markets at the Riverway development.
All are run by the Rotary Club.
http://www.townsvillerotarymarkets.com.au/

Also a warning to beware of toys and merchandise at markets, because in Australia there is nothing to stop someone importing a whole lot of counterfeit and knock-off products, whether they are legal or not, and selling them there to cheap parents who just can't get their head around the words "no, you just can't have one" and buy these things for their children, when they are usually of such poor quality as to be dangerous.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2015, 11:19:05 pm »

Fleamarkets worth attending are few and far between in my area.

For selling my work, I find art and craft shows are the only way to go.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2015, 02:16:24 am »


 The Land of Jafa [ Auckland] will have to get its act together . I will not do to be out done by the Windy city of Wellington.


But you must be getting used to it by now ...
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2015, 10:37:54 am »


 The Land of Jafa [ Auckland] will have to get its act together . I will not do to be out done by the Windy city of Wellington.


But you must be getting used to it by now ...

 When  the Jafa's roll out a bigger better market ... you will all be blown away
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2015, 11:38:20 am »

Markets local to me:

The city of Wells has a bi-weekly market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) selling almost everything, food, clothing, tools, crafted goods and the like. In Cheddar there's a weekly (summer) farmer's market, and, on a Sunday a whopping gurt "Boot Fair" where people come from miles around to buy and sell all kinds of tat, come rain or shine!, its a good place to pick up all manner of oddments for projects etc.

My hometown of Oxford has the Covered market that's open daily, it has lots of permanent shops selling all manner of good things, and a weekly market at the Gloucester Green Bus station, it moved there about 40 years ago from the old cattle market that used to be where the local Further Education College now stand.

Swansea has a decent indoor market, not been there in moons, as I no longer live in the area.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2015, 11:58:17 am »

There is also a farmers' market, and my mother has a stall at a local market, I must find out which one...
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2015, 10:39:36 pm »

Markets local to me:

The city of Wells has a bi-weekly market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) selling almost everything, food, clothing, tools, crafted goods and the like. In Cheddar there's a weekly (summer) farmer's market, and, on a Sunday a whopping gurt "Boot Fair" where people come from miles around to buy and sell all kinds of tat, come rain or shine!, its a good place to pick up all manner of oddments for projects etc.

My hometown of Oxford has the Covered market that's open daily, it has lots of permanent shops selling all manner of good things, and a weekly market at the Gloucester Green Bus station, it moved there about 40 years ago from the old cattle market that used to be where the local Further Education College now stand.

Swansea has a decent indoor market, not been there in moons, as I no longer live in the area.

Now that is more like it.   I would be in the market for something like that
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2015, 11:03:44 am »

Well nothing much interesting here in Austin. All cities have markets, but for some reason, they're not very picturesque here.  The weather may have to do something with that, or perhaps it's a cultural thing.  But if you travel to the next state to the east, I've been to the French Market in New Orleans, which dates to 1791. Home of Cafe Du Monde

https://www.frenchmarket.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_du_Monde
http://www.cafedumonde.com/history

French Market circa 1910




Cafe du Monde at night (Image by "Robfromabove" Creative Commons License 2010)

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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2015, 06:11:10 pm »

Well, we have 2 kinds; flea, and farmer's...Wink There's a big one in Raleigh NC, with everything from furniture to comics and books, some produce, and ancient items that would no doubt go well with Steampunk. (If you need ancient bits and bobs, it's the place).

There's smaller versions of the same here and there, usually one per town. Some of them are just storage sheds doing business and businesses. Except for the farmer's market, they're mainly weekend affairs.

Aside from that, the only other 'markets' we have are malls; strip, and otherwise. Nothing you won't find anywhere else...
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2015, 02:05:12 pm »

Cardiff Indoor Market, There maybe still other markets in Cardiff (unless they've sold off for posh flats)
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2015, 12:04:40 am »

Cafe du Monde at night (Image by "Robfromabove" Creative Commons License 2010)

Cafe du Monde; I went there once as a child; I loved the beignets. There is actually a Cafe du Monde brand of beignet mix that replicates the cafe's product perfectly, but it requires waking up in the morning.
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