Sunday, 28 August 2011

Getting the most out of the Queen Victoria Markets

A few days ago, I posted a blog about my visit to the Vic markets.

The market is huge, and it is so easy be overwhelmed! I thought I would share a couple of pointers that help me get the most out of the day. (Well that and I just wanted to do another blog about the vic markets because there are so many photos that I love which I didn't my last post!)

  • Bring cash. The lines for the ATM are always huge, and most stalls don't have EFTPOS.

  •  Wear comfy shoes. The Vic markets are massive. You will be doing alot of walking during the day, and you don't want to get sore feet!

  • Get there early so you get a good park, or catch public transport. We got a park pretty close, but it was only a 2 hour spot, and we had to go back and move it. Trust me, you will end up spending longer there than you expect to!
  • Bring a bag. We forgot to do this, and boy did I regret it. By the end of the afternoon, my arms were loaded up with all our goodies. My hands where so full I couldn't take anymore photos, and I was scared I was going to drop something!
  • Don't be afraid to haggle. That's what markets are for. You will almost always be able able to get things cheaper. Don't be shy either. There is no harm in asking 'What's the best price you can do?', 'Can you do it for X amount', or 'Will you give it to me cheaper if i buy 2 (or more) ? "
  • Take you time, and shop around. Many of the stall have the same things, or similar. You would hate to buy something and then see if a better range or cheaper version three stalls down.
  • Take you time picking fresh produce. Have a look around before you pick what you want. Many stalls will have the same produce, but different quality or different prices. 

What do you do to get the most out of your day are the market? Do you have any tips that I haven't mentioned? 

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