This weekend I had the opportunity to visit to The French Country Market here on the Central Coast. Now I’ve been I can hardly believe that I hadn’t been before! The main focus of the market is homewares, collectables and fashion with a French flair, paired with an amazing selection of gourmet food stalls to make it a really lovely day out. There are no mass production style stalls, or poorly crafted items, this really is a country style market.
I hardly know where to begin in describing all the lovelies on display. There were some beautiful local businesses as well as some who had traveled up from Sydney. So many good things. Can you see those vintage chandeliers?
AND what truly made it great was that all the stalls were unique, great quality and I could have spent hundreds! Markets are a funny business – it’s the vibe or ambiance that makes it amazing and so much contributes to that. With The French Country Market there has obviously been loads of thought put into the type of stalls that make up the event, and they all seem to work perfectly.
I visited Charlie Foxtrot and fell in love with the beautiful vintage cameras. I was very tempted to purchase one… maybe when I’ve finished my bedroom makeover and save a little money. Or maybe a Christmas present to myself The one in the centre, second row REALLY caught my eye.
And Emma and Harry were completed delighted with their Gingerbread cookies from Adri’s Shop. They were all so gorgeous that I took ten minutes to decide what to buy them, and they weren’t even there with me! With lovely little cookies starting at $2 I’ve filed that stall in my must look at for Christmas list!
My tips – arrive early! As Mum and I were walking in people were walking out with amazing things. AMAZING. Think vintage chandeliers. Vintage linen. I saw a vintage sled under one man’s arm and I almost fell over it was so cute. It also makes parking easier – though honestly we didn’t have an issue. I dropped Mum at the gate and had to walk no more than five minutes back.
The school grounds have great play areas so if you are taking small people don’t be worried about their entertainment. There were loads of kids having a great time on the equipment The ground was slightly muddy in places though so don’t wear your slippers! I did see one lady in a very cool pair of gum boots which were perfect…
Always remember that as with most markets there isn’t an ATM on site, and the nearest is a car ride away. Take cash. There were some stalls who accepted credit cards but they weren’t the norm.
Mum and I had a great day out at the market and will definitely go again. The next French Country Market is on November 8. Put it in your diary