by Patryce Salmon
Come rain or shine the Kaukapakapa Village Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month, from 8.30am to 1pm. It is hard to visit the market without finding something of interest, and making a few purchases. EFTPOS is available but cash is readily accepted.
Sarah Legg has been running the Kaukapakapa Village Market for the last 11 years. In 2009 she and a friend took over the running of the market, which is held at the Kaukapakapa Memorial Hall and surrounding carpark. “The market was very small when we took over, and we gradually built it up to what it is today.” says Sarah.
For those curious about the effect COVID 19 may have had on the Market, as we have just come out of another lockdown, Sarah says she does not think there has been any effect on attendance.
There are consistently between 40 & 80 stands each month, depending on the time of year and the weather, and always a lot of buyers.
The market always has a wide variety of stalls, from toys, plants, fresh fruit and vegetables to skincare and outdoor furniture; there is something for everyone. Even though the weather was extremely warm at 26 degrees, there was a great turn-out of keen bargain hunters. There was live music in the hall, provided by duo Barry and Maryanne. Cakes and other treats were available to purchase from the kitchen and the ever popular Lions Club food trailer, with the “world famous in Helensville” sausages, was also there. Despite the sun and the heat, there was a line waiting for hot coffee and sausages.
When attending the next market on 21st March 2021, do not forget to visit the highly recommend attractions, the Lions Club book fair which is held in the room beside the hall, and the Historic Kaukapakapa Library right next door.
For anyone interested in having a stall at the Market, Sarah can be contacted via the Kaukapakapa Village Markets Facebook page, or on email at email@example.com