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The market is the all the go for whiling away the weekend daytime blues. Going to an antique market or flea market is the latest in finding what you need in terms of vintage chic. The great thing about vintage shopping is that everything is cheap as chips.Always look out for china, glass-wear, silver and anything old and well preserved. An important thing to remember about linen or vintage clothing is to make sure it is not too worn, as it will quickly rip. Hold it up to the light to see if there are any thin patches. Take a risk and try on anything you like. It can often look very strange on the hanger and wonderfully eccentric on you.

If you find some china you love that has seen better days, buy it because stained china is easy to clean. Just soak it in a bucket of washing powder diluted in water, and the stains will magically lift. It’s best not to soak anything with gold leaf though as it will never be the same. Also never put gold leaf in the dishwasher. If you find some glasses you love make sure you put them to the test by rubbing your finger around the rim to test for smoothness. Sometimes glasses are filed down if they’ve been chipped. If this is the case they’ll be pretty awful to drink from. When it comes to silver look for silver jugs or silver vases, nothing looks as nice as silver at a table. It even looks better when you bring out your silver for casual get-to-togethers. If you never entertain, throw a mixed bunch of roses, peonies and poppies into the silver jug – looks very chic.

Now to haggling: always haggle. Don’t be a pain about it but definitely get the best price you can – it’s your right. Always reward yourself if you find a bargain. There’s bound to be a quaint little tea house or coffee shop nearby your chosen market, so finish off your fossicking with a deliciously decadent afternoon tea.

Markets to look out for:

NSW

The Sydney Collectibles & Antiques Fair – 1st Sunday of the month.

Surry Hills Markets – 1st Saturday of the month

Paddington Markets – every Saturday.

Sydney Antique Centre -open all weekend.

ACT

Canberra Saturday Markets 3rd Saturday of each month.

VIC

Coburg Trash & Treasure Market – Every Sunday weather permitting.

Dandenong Trash & Treasure Market – Every Sunday weather permitting.

St Kilda Markets – every Sunday.

QLD

Eumundi Markets – every Saturday.

Beaudesert Market – 1stSaturday of the month.

SA

Trash & Treasure Market Morphettville – Every Sunday weather permitting.

WA

Freemantle Markets- open all weekend.

Guilford Road – every Sunday.

TAS

Salamanca Market very Saturday 8.30am to 3pm in Historic Salamanca Place, Hobart.