In the last 29 years, Sunday has been known as the Manly Creative Market day at the Manly Harbour. With over 100 stalls set up every weekend, this is where shoppers can find unique handmade items for themselves or as gifts and giveaways.
The Manly Creative Market is also a practical and helpful venue for artisans needing exposure to launch their business. Do you have an original, creative product or idea? Here’s how you can get started and become a stallholder at this popular Sunday shopping site.
1. You’ve got to have a creative product or activity to offer.
This venue is not a Sunday flea market to unload second-hand goods. New stallholders will be guaranteed a site if they have a product or an activity that no one at the market has offered before.
At the moment, Manly Creative Market does not accept food, plants and pre-loved stallholders, unless these are vintage or collectible items. The items for sale will be checked before you take your spot.
TIP: It will help to check the market a week before you plan to join to see if someone else is selling what you have. This Sunday market is all about diversity, not a duplication.
2. You do not need to pre-book or apply for a stall.
Booking a stall or filling out an application form isn’t practised at the Manly Creative Market. Any artisan or entrepreneur willing to rent a space for $40 must simply come on a Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and be ready to set up.
TIP: Be at the Market office and wait for the manager for the instructions. Be mindful of where you park so you will not get in the way of the stallholders who will be setting up their goods.
3. You’ve got to bring your own provisions.
Manly Creative Market will provide the spot but you’ll need to set up your own table, covering, shelter, tent pegs and other provisions. There is no power at the venue as it’s an open space. If you need a power outlet, inform the market manager for the access.
TIP: The best thing to do is to prepare for every contingency and ensure that you comply with all the safety, workplace and environmental requirements of the Council.
4. You’re expected to clean up after the market day is done.
Anything you bring to the park to use or sell, you’ll need to take home with you. This means there should be no traces of rubbish in your spot once you leave the venue.
TIP: If you’ve successfully complied with all the guidelines on your first day at the Manly Creative Market, you can return the following Sundays and become a regular seller.
For further enquiries, phone David Raetz Mob at 0412 051 128 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.