Issue No. 58 - April/May 2011
Gilles St Market launches
by Wendy Perry
Each market day, the Gilles Street Market attracts 2500 to 3000 shoppers seeking designer, handmade, clearance, vintage and pre-loved women’s and men’s fashion, accessories and children’s clothing.
Held at Gilles Street Primary School in Adelaide on the first and third Sunday of the month from October to April and the third Sunday of each month from May to September, the market was founded in 2008 by Jennifer Centenera.
Jennifer lived in Melbourne and Sydney for nine years and often cleared her wardrobe at the end of each season at Kirribilli Markets in Sydney and Camberwell Markets in Melbourne. Returning to Adelaide, she saw a need for a similar market here.
She approached Gilles Street Primary School, which welcomed an idea which offered fundraising opportunities from sausage sizzles and bake stalls. Jennifer believes a hard work ethic, great people skills and an organised approach are essential tools for this type of enterprise.
Able to accommodate 100 stallholders, the Gilles Street market has helped launched online boutique and retail businesses and provides a platform for young Adelaide designers to grow for their labels. For example:
• Penn y Anne – Danielle Strong started at the market and grew her business. She now sells t...