1) A great eye – You need to be able to look past the gaudy Marilyn Munroe knockoff paintings and diva leftover jewellery to find the great pieces that you came in hope of. A vintage lace fur coat (faux of course), big chunky cocktail rings imported from Mexico, sample size castoffs straight from the pages of Vogue, great prints on dresses from designers just waiting to become the next Dion Lee, handmade soaps and lotions that smell good enough to eat and great old books, the spines dog-eared from being read over and over again are just some of the great things you can find.
2) Cash – Simple as it sounds, bring it. As 8am dashes to three different ATM’s to find one that works on Glebe point road is not fun. Some of the stalls do accept eftpos but don’t risk it; just revert back to five years ago when we all had cash on us instead on ten different cards.
3) Friends – Markets can be done solo but taking friends makes the experience that much more enjoyable. And laughing at peeking bums as they protrude through the unstructured, makeshift changing rooms is worth the possibility that they could nab something you wanted. (Besides you can borrow it anyway, what are girlfriends for if not to ransack their wardrobe and steal different pieces!)
4) A Budget – As cheap as you can get great things; It’s easy to blow a month’s rent buying twenty new pieces when realistically you are more likely to enjoy them more and choose better if you limit yourself to say five items per market trip.
5) Love of Fashion – Saturday mornings are not fun to be trampling around in mud especially when you are slightly dusty after last night’s cocktails. But the enjoyment of shopping outdoors can overcome this easily as soon as you slip your fingers through the many different kinds of supple silk, soft denim and french lace. And remember that the idea is not only to get something at a great price but to find something that no one else will have. So do try to bypass the dresses at the wish stall – yes I know they are only $35 but 35 other girls in Sydney will have it , go to the stall that has vintage dresses sourced from Japan instead and find something that will really turn heads and have people wondering in envy were you got such a great find. Happy marketing ladies.