The Duxton Kerbside Markets
On Thursday the 31st of March, the Duxton in O’Conner came alive with fairy lights and all things vintage to celebrate the Kerbside Twilight Pop-up markets. The Twilight markets showcase the talent of local artists, with the 25 stalls dedicated to arts and crafts and vintage clothing. From candles that are moulded as milkshakes and cupcakes to decorative hanging pots, there really is something unique for everyone.
As well as the stalls, the Kerbside markets have live music from a local musician and great food and drinks.
The kerbside position of the markets is a fresh idea that has not been seen in Canberra before. Along with the easy-going vibe, these markets are a good way to spend your Thursday evening.
This is the second time the markets have been held, following the success of them last year. Many of the stallholders were ecstatic with the success of the first market, that they returned this year. One of the organisers, Hummingbird Vintage owner Anthony Bean, said that the reason for these markets was to assist in the struggling vintage market.
“We got all the stallholders together basically in order to act as a vessel for our own shop,” he said.
Bean stated that this market not only assists the stallholders but also draws revenue to the Duxton.
“[After the first market] we got feedback from the manager of that the pub [the Duxton] looked more like Saturday night than a Thursday night, it was very busy.”
Bean says that plans are already in place for the markets to return for a third time, and he is hoping to keep the markets continuing for some time.
Student Lina Franceschin, attended the markets.
“The Duxton is usually a really busy location so I think it was a good place to have the market. It brings people from the nearby restaurants out to visit the market. The market combined with the live music created a really good atmosphere plus its a perfect time of year because its not too hot or too cold,” she said.
The Pop-Up markets are ideal for people who like a mellow atmosphere, rummaging through vintage clothes and exploring quirky bits and pieces.