If you love florals as much as I do (which is a lot), you’ll go absolutely crazy for the Sydney Flower Markets.
I’m not an early morning person by any means, but you bet I’ve dragged myself out of bed at 4:30am to go buy some beautiful, fresh flowers.
Considering that I’ve been there two times now, I’m more or less an expert, so here’s my guide on how to do the markets & how to do them well:
1. The earlier the better.
The markets are open 5am – 11am, but at around 8:30am everything kind of starts winding up and the amount of blooms available really dwindles. If you get there earlier there is more variety, and some good deals. Also, Monday, Wednesday & Friday are the best days of the week to visit.
2. Bring cash monies.
If you go on a weekday, there’s a $10 entry fee so it’s handy to have that with you. As well as this, many of the vendors will give you a discount if you’re buying bulk & paying cash, and some don’t offer credit card facilities.
3. Park on top of the world.
Or otherwise known as the top of the car park. Driving around near the flower market itself can take foreverrr, and you can get stuck amongst the florist’s vans and forklifts. Head up the top of the multi-level car park and you get two bonuses: a) exercise walking up and down those stairs and b) the best view of sunrise in the area.
4. Do a lap.
Don’t buy straight away! Chances are there are cheaper flowers, better flowers or flowers you never even knew existed out there. Have a wander and explore before settling on specifically what you want.
5. Flowers are wet.
They rest in water, and when you pick them up they drip water everywhere. Over your feet, and through your car. I generally just take garbage bags and layer them around my car, but you can also take buckets or storage containers. On this note, I always wear closed in shoes because the floors of the markets can be littered with leaves and water.
6. Don’t forget about GST.
At the markets, all prices are exclusive of GST. So a bunch of flowers that say $5.00 are actually $5.50 – not an issue, but just something to keep in mind!
7. Take care of your blooms when you get home.
Once you’ve picked your pretties, get them in your car and home asap. Then, strip the leaves off the bottom of the stem, and cut the stem at an angle. This will ensure your blooms last as long as possible!
8. Enjoy your blooms.
Enjoy the scent and site of your beautiful florals. Have fun with them, flowers are the most wonderful pick-me-up and they can brighten up any space. Display your blooms proudly!
Oh man, after a wake up call of 4:30am you need to nap. Get home, sort your flowers out and nap. Nap like you’ve never napped before. And eventually, you’ll forget the pain of waking up before the sun and all that will remain is the glorious memories of a hall full of flowers.