Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market has garage sale, arts and food

A previous, smaller edition of the Tanjong Goodman market at Goodman Arts Centre.
A previous, smaller edition of the Tanjong Goodman market at Goodman Arts Centre.PHOTO: GOODMAN ARTS CENTRE

If you are out for a good bargain, looking for exclusive handmade items, or just want a bite, head to the Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market this weekend.

Arts enclave Goodman Arts Centre is hosting a garage sale, art market and food bazaar tomorrow and on Sunday.

The market popped up in January as part of the centre's open house and the management saw its potential to become a full-fledged, standalone event. The centre is home to several arts and creative groups and the National Arts Council.

The event includes the seventh edition of roaming community garage sale, the Great Singapore Garage Sale, where one can shop for pre-loved and recycled items.

Co-organiser Jaclyn Aw says the bigger venue in the centre's multipurpose hall means that it can accommodate more vendors this time. The garage sale had previously been held in the centre's gardens and an indoor carpark in Tampines.

This weekend, close to 60 stalls will sell all sorts of items - from pre-loved clothes, toys and home decor to homemade crafts.

Those looking for one-of-a-kind or statement pieces can swing by pop-up art market, Togetherly Market, in the new Greenfields Modular Studios (or Block O), which is made out of repurposed shipping containers.

Drag performer Becca D'Bus is one of 35 vendors who will be setting up shop at Togetherly Market. She will sell T-shirts and accessories which are given a colourful and gawdy twist using the offcuts from her outlandish drag outfits, under her brand Bus Depot.

Also at Togetherly Market is Blink.a.bottle, a home-grown upcycling initiative, which will be selling lamps made from recycled bottles and redesigned into dazzling works of art.

Visitors can fill their tummies at the food bazaar in the amphitheatre with a variety of snacks, including the Instagrammable raindrop cake, coconut shakes and poffertjes (traditional Dutch mini pancakes).

Italian restaurant La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar, located at the centre, will also throw a barbecue over the two days and cook satay and lamb ribs on the grill.

Adding to the carnival mood are musicians who will perform at various parts of the centre throughout the day.

Mr Evan Hwong, senior manager for the centre's placemaking, says that the market is one way to "build and engage" the community in the precinct. Depending on the response, he adds that there are plans to make it a regular affair.

Teacher Sutini Ramli, 27, plans to head down after hearing about the variety on offer.

She says: "It's like a mega three-in-one market. Normally, all these markets are held separately, so this is great as I just have to go to one venue."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'More buys in bigger space for Tanjong Goodman Weekend Market'. Print Edition | Subscribe