The Car Boot Flea Market was established in 1992, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Durban. It’s situated in the heart of Durban, on the old circus site behind the Greyville Racecourse, and offers plenty of free parking for those wanting to peruse the many stalls. This convenient access and the facilities make the Durban Car Boot Flea Market a great option for a family day out or a shopping trip. It’s open every Sunday from early morning until early afternoon and is a dream for thrifty hunters. Shoppers can look forward to a range of items, including bedding, videos, DVDs, CDs, curtains, sportswear, bicycles, tools, carpets, tiles, light fittings, crockery, cutlery, ornaments, books, and a whole lot more. Make sure you get there early to find the best bargains before they’re gone.
The SPCA in Kloof runs a shop aptly named The Fine Feathers Ladies Boutique. This little store stocks a variety of everything, from computers, furniture, kitchenware and books to secondhand clothing donated by well-wishers of the animal shelter. They’re open every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 8am to noon, and on the last Sunday of every month from 9am to 1pm. For first dibs on their vintage goods, visit them on Thursday mornings when they restock the shop. Beside the chance of finding a hidden treasure at a bargain, you’re also supporting a good cause, as funds raised go toward helping the animals in the shelter.
If you don’t mind digging through piles of clothing, Windsor Road in the business district of Pinetown is lined with clustered secondhand stores. TJ Clothing (67 Old Main Road), stocks a variety of quality secondhand clothes at bargain prices. Some churches in the area host jumble sales or run charity shops from their premises; Christ Church on Mellar Road in Pinetown hosts a monthly jumble that is worth a visit if you’re in the area. Thrift shopping in Pinetown requires a lot of patience, but it could just pay off when you locate that jacket you’ve wanted all your life.
The Highway Hospice has three branches in Hillcrest, Pinetown and central Durban. Like the SPCA, they sell various discounted, donated items ranging from books and clothing to household items, like teapots and vases. The funds raised go toward the hospice, so not only are you picking up a bargain but you’re also supporting a good cause. For more information visit their website.
Factory Café have teamed up with Colombo Coffee to produce a space where you can not only get hip new and secondhand clothing, but also some of the best coffee in Durban. The café hosts Button Up, a clothing store that sells secondhand and new clothing every Saturday from 9am. They also have vintage goods for sale in the factory and the first ten people through the door in buttoned-up shirts receive a free cappuccino.
The town of Uvongo on the KwaZulu Natal Hibiscus Coast has had a flea market for the past 19 years (run by the Rotary Club) that still serves the community every Saturday. There are 160 stalls to choose from and you can buy almost anything, from fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese, clothing, toys and games to secondhand bits and bobs. An open-air tea room provides a wonderful area to relax with friends for a weekly catch-up while enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake.