With our Australian trip filled to the brim with all things ceramics such as meeting potters and buying products, a trip to the Daylesford Sunday Market was a much-needed veer from our agenda. Unlike the previous two markets that we wrote about (Emu Plains Market and Rose Street Artists' Market), we actually did not know about this market nor had the intention of even dropping by!
At this stage of the trip, we were honestly quite jaded and was planning to just relax, eat and catch up on sleep (that's what a holiday is for right?). Having nothing planned was actually a blessing in disguise as we chanced upon the market while browsing through some leaflets left by our Airbnb hosts and it was one of the closest market to us. And we were so glad we got to visit this market as it had its own charm!
The Daylesford Sunday Market is situated at 18 Raglan Street (Midland Highway), and it operates every Sunday from 8am - 2pm at the Daylesford Railway Station. Come early as some of the vendors will start packing up around 1. There was an orgasmic range of products at this market, from second-hand treasure to handmade beeswax wrap, chopping boards, local fresh produce and homemade goodies.
Ample parking available by the side of the road and yes, there are no summon aunties!
Trash or treasure?
You can probably pick up some good deals if you have the patience to scour through (or upcycle) some of the items there. There were lots of second hand goods and antiques - old tins, bottles, mirrors, fine china, assorted furniture, tools and all kinds of home decor pieces.
I settled for some vintage perfume glass bottles for AUD $1 each. For that price, i really can't complain that the bottle doesn't come with its lid. But if you're more particular, there was another stall that sells them as a proper set, and of course, it was way more expensive.
Stalls at the higher level were lined up beneath rows of tall trees which makes for a shadier and more leisure browse. You can find lots of handmade products, fresh local produce and homemade jams.
Lots of fresh produce, homemade food and other yummy goodies. But remember to bring-your-own-bag!
What we previously thought was 'green rambutans' when we saw cockatoos munching on them turned out to be chestnuts! Yup, the same ones you see being roasted at pasar malams in Singapore.
There were also plenty of healthy delicious treats from Oh! So Good Foods that seemed to be a favourite with the locals and they got wiped out really quick. Proud to say, we managed to purchase the last 10 salted caramel and peanut butter bars (you can't take the kiasu out the Singaporean ever)!
It's a dogs' day out!
The Daylesford Spa Country Railway is still operational and you can enjoy a historic railmotor ride just like good ol' days! However, it operates only every Sunday.
Love the natural setting of the market!
We were honestly tempted by these gorgeous wood grains, but it was just too heavy and we had too many ceramics to bring back. There were a couple of these boards that had an Australian coin slotted in and sealed at the corner. Some of the boards that had natural cracks and chips were mended with epoxy resin. Talk about wabi-sabi!
This photo doesn't show much as they were packing up for the day already. But those pouf stools in the foreground... <3
The not-so-lovely walk back to our car because of our heavy bag and full heart