Treasure trove Kingsland Market set for re-launch
A bargain bookshelf, arty antiques and retro records are just some of the amazing finds people could get their hands on when Kingsland Market reopens later this month.
The market will be re-launching on 28 July and will be open weekly on Saturdays between 9am-5pm. There will be lots of stalls offering a wide range of wares, with everything from second hand bargains to curios.
The market was originally opened in 1880 as a ‘waste’ market for people to trade their unwanted goods. It was once the place to go in Hackney for spare parts, second hand goods and odds and ends, but sadly in 2015 trading dwindled to just one stall. Now, in keeping with 138 years of tradition, the relaunched market will once again be home to antiques, vintage clothing, pre-loved items as well as having traditional ‘waste’ traders.
Harry West, Head of the Kingsland Market Traders Association and trader at Kingsland Market for the past 43 years said: “It’s taken a lot of hard work but it's great to see the market back on its feet. It’s going to be like old times, with lots on offer for customers, so come along have a root around and grab yourself a bargain.”
Harry was the last remaining trader on Kingsland Market and has worked with the local business community and the Council to re-launch the market and bring it back as a buzzing hub for picking up the best second hand goods. He runs his stall with his daughter and grandson, offering wares from house clearances including thing’s he has up-cycled and repaired himself, giving new life to objects that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Putting the re launched Kingsland Market back on the map has been a long held ambition of local businesses, celebrating the traditional and mixing it with the new; you might want to call it 'the best flea market in town' - specialising in up-cycling and re-cycling, filled with secondhand bargains, antiques and vintage goods.
To help launch the market there will be live music from singer-songwriter Alice Mee-Bishop, and a free tote bag giveaway, along with the chance to be the first to grab some home furniture bargains.
The market is located on Kingsland Road between The Fox and Haggerston Pubs. Keep up to date with Kingsland Market by following the traders on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter or visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/kingsland-market