Glen Aplin Gala Markets

May 26, 2012 2 Comments


Every season has its own special beauty. At the moment we are staying with family in the Granite Belt region of Queensland. High up in the range, the seasons up here are very distinct. It feels like we are on holidays. I could easily sit around here for weeks, soaking up the crisp autumn sunshine and lazing by the wood fire sipping port in the evenings.

I am really enjoying participating in local markets on our travels. It is a great way to meet the locals (both other stall holders and customers) and appreciate the town from a different perspective to that of a visiting tourist. I don't really consider markets work anyway. I fluff around a bit the night before, ironing aprons and cutting swing tags but once we are set up at the markets, the rest is very relaxing. I love seeing peoples reaction to our products and finding out their story.

Last Saturday we set up a small indoor table at the Glen Aplin Gala Markets. This is a community event held in the local hall a few times a year. It was a mash of stalls with craft, local produce, trash or treasure, art and food. It was a pleasant atmosphere and very organised. The little chocolates given to each stallholder was a lovely touch, a welcomed sweet boost with our $2 cup of brewed coffee from the cottage cafe. Once the flurry of setting up our table was over, I had time to relax. It was a beautiful autumn morning in Glen Aplin but without the sun to warm us up it was a bit chilly in the hall.

Vintage Singer sewing machine 

 A beautiful old vintage singer sewing machine on display at a collectables stall.

Clara bow necklaces 

I love indoor markets, it is easy to keep our stall clean and we don't have any concerns about surprise weather. On the flip side, we don't have the market gazebo structure to display products from. We are living out of a camper van at the moment so we simply don't have the space for large display racking. Time to be resourceful. I attached a beautiful tree branch to the apron rack and used this to hang the Clara necklaces from. 




My gorgeous coat. I bought this for $25, it is made of 70% wool and 30% mohair. It is quite heavy and super warm. Just what I need. I am going to get it professionally cleaned and will re do the buttons. 


View from the highway of Glen Aplin township. 


Yestergear antique shop on the highway in Glen Aplin. I found some really quirky old cookbooks. 

Enjoy the last few days of Autumn for winter is surely on the way!   

2 Responses


October 12, 2012

Hi Simon,
Going by the Southern Darling Downs & Granit Belt Pocket Book, the next market is November 10th 2012. I have tried “Googling” to confirm but have not been able to find anything!

Simon Perrow
Simon Perrow

September 02, 2012

Where can we find future dates for these markets??? We’ve looked everywhere!!

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