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There’s nothing quite as dispiriting as seeing your
beloved new squeeze on the arms of another...
Especially if, gasp, they wear it better. Our hot tip to
avoid the heartbreak and find your one-and-only?
Shop at Claremont’s Polka Dot Vintage Markets.
“Our customers like to buy one-of-a -kind original
clothing items at a reasonable price, rather than go to
a department store, buy an item off the rack and find
lots of others wearing the same thing,” says organiser
Marg Dawson. Polka Dot stallholders source clothes
from outlets in Perth and beyond – some even
traversing to Europe and Japan to pick up hard-to-
find threads. Marg’s top five vintage items to look
out for are a well-cut leather jacket, a little black
dress, vintage sunglasses, a leather handbag, and
a 60s swimsuit. And her tips to make sure your buy is
more vintage treasure than bargain bin? “Talk to the
stallholder, always read labels, and don’t buy the first
thing you see.” Noted.
Claremont Showgrounds, Apr 26-27.
We’re calling it: The Feed Box Markets might just be
our fave in Perth right now. Beachside location? Tick.
Event veterans (and identical twins) Katie and Erica
Mathiesen at the helm? Tick. Full to the brim with tasty
street food, crafty artisans and fresh local produce?
Tick, tick and tick. We were a little overwhelmed by the
extensive list of stallholders, so we asked Katie and Erica
for some of their favourites.
1. Night Light Co
“These handmade, rustic outdoor light systems are
made from jarrah, marri, pine or driftwood, with stunning
handmade candles in quirky glass jars.”
2. Machine & Dream
“Vibrant and uber-cool jewellery. These necklaces,
bracelets and earrings pop with colour and, because
they are handmade, no single piece is the same.”
Did someone say waffles?
Belgian-expat Farlane Badache has filled the
Fremantle Markets with the smell of vanilla buttery
goodness, thanks to her new stall, WAMO Waffles.
The traditional family recipe is made with dough
instead of batter (for a richer taste), and a special
sugar that you can only find in Northern Europe.
The new Princess May Markets pretty much
manifest everything we love about Freo – and trust
us, there’s a lot to love. Community spirit, creative
artisans, an emphasis on sustainability, great music
acts, healthy food and tasty beer are just a few of the
reasons we’ll be flocking to the park behind Clancy’s
on Friday nights. “Fremantle is the best place for such
a market – our town is full of creative small-business
people, artists and foodies,” says Kylie Wheatley of
Red Tent Events, the brains behind the markets.
“We have a deep understanding of what is needed
to create a real Freo feel in a market.”
Princess May Park (outside Clancy’s Fremantle),
Fridays until Apr 24.
Food Truck Rumble
Food Truck Rumble curator Ai-Ling Truong describes the two-year-old
event as “the ultimate food court on wheels”. Don’t worry, that’s not code
for greasy fries, fluoro lighting and limp salads: the Food Truck Rumble
assembles the freshest, most innovative street food. As well as doubling
the number of trucks this year and adding a pop-up bar, the event will
also have a breakdancing competition. Random? It actually makes sense...
“I see many similarities in food trucks and breakdancing: both use the
streets to share their work; they work with each other rather than compete;
and they all bring people together,” says Ai-Ling. Stay tuned for a special
music performance, for which Ai-Ling will be pairing with event company
Hipflask, who brought Ghostface Killah to Toastface Grillah in the city.
Perth Cultural Centre, Apr 12.
3. Juice Face
“This vintage mobile juice van is super cool. They make
sure they combine the freshest local produce they can
lay their hands on.”
4. From the Pot
“A charming and traditional business that specialises in
making amazing jams, chutneys, pickles and spice rubs
from local produce. These pots of goodness are a must-
have in the house.”
5. Higher Ground
“Stupendous coffee, good vibes and a good-looking set
up, these boys know their coffee! Plus each cup is its own
little piece of artwork – love it.”
Scarborough Beach, until end of March.
Feed Box Markets at Scarborough Beach
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