If Paddington is for the stylish and Eveleigh is for the gourmand, then Glebe Markets is for the Bohemians. Every Saturday, like clockwork, the vagabond jugglers and hair stylists convene to spin their wares and weave feathers into their customer’s hair. On the other hand, the Glebe Markets attract more than just the dreadlocked.
Under the shade of the Eucalyptus trees, entrepreneurial bakers enticed shoppers with rosewater cupcakes and cocoa bridgadeiros (Brazilian bonbons made with butter and condensed milk). Alongside the professional vendors, college students set up metal clothing racks in the brightest patches of lawn and offered their best second-hand clothing. The prices always lowered as the day wore on and the merchants wilted in the afternoon sun.
Glebe Markets is also where artisans like Daniel Cozens of Mountainboat Design sell repurposed gifts. If his beard-snuggling cockatiel hadn’t caught my eye, I might not have noticed his quirky potted plants- each manicured succulent rested right inside a stack of books. Words still out on whether cockatiels are effective salesmen, but they definitely draw a crowd. I just hope Daniel never walks into the Manly Beach guy with the cat on his shoulder.
Although I have been to the markets before, this was the first time I was on a photography mission with my friend Shweta. Usually I’m more timid when taking a stranger’s photo, but having a photo buddy and a goal really helps. In fact, after a few shots I realized that most people will either ignore you or gladly pose for a photo. Well, everyone except for the fortune-teller, but how was I to know that? I’m not the psychic.
Shweta and I had a tentative shoot list and a time limit for the Glebe Markets, but I was able to sneak in just enough time to buy Barret a shirt from local designer David Attewell. His organic and hand-painted shirts were minimalistic in a very thoughtful and conscious way. I bought a black shirt with a brown dandelion-head pattern and snapped a picture just before our thirty minutes was up. I was looking forward to our post-shoot review- not only is Shweta a motivated and talented photographer, but she also makes the most delicious cup of Chai. Lucky me!
How to get to the Glebe Markets: 40 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
About: Mountain Boat Designs
About: David Attewell
About Shweta Pai Photography