Eagle Farm Markets Closing by the End of October

Shoppers and stallholders are disappointed with the announcement of Eagle Farm Markets’ closure at the end of October.

Eagle Farm Markets has officially announced that the last market day will be on Sunday, 28 October 2018.

The management informed the stallholders of the closure via email prior to their announcement on social media, however, it seems that not all were aware of the news. Some stallholders reportedly found out about the markets’ closing on Facebook.

Major Challenges

According to Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell, the decline in customers visiting the markets over the years is one of the challenges that the markets faced.

The popular markets reportedly had a decrease of 23.5% of customer visits in the last financial year. Apart from the decreasing customer visits, the number of competition in the area is also a hurdle for the markets.

Photo credit: Eagle Farm Markets/Facebook

“As a result, the BRC together with our partner the Brisbane Markets Limited, has decided to end the Eagle Farm Markets. The final Markets will be held on Sunday, October 28. This decision was not easy however we are mindful that our responsibility as a Club is to ensure our growing non-racing ventures are operated in a sustainable manner,” Mr Bell said.

“We thank the many loyal customers and clients of the Eagle Farm Markets. At their peak, the Markets attracted about 200,000 people each year. They were a vibrant gathering bringing together some excellent producers and loyal customers. We are grateful for their contributions,” he added.

Reactions from the Community

Photo credit: Eagle Farm Markets/Facebook

Most locals are sad to hear the news since the Eagle Farm Markets have been part of their Sunday routine. However, some are not as surprised since they have also noticed a decrease in the number of stalls in the markets. Some have even called out the limited number of parking space in the markets.

The Eagle Farm Markets might be bracing for a really busy Sunday. More locals are expressing their interest in heading to the markets for the very last time before its permanent closure.

Hunt for Bargains, Help Save the Environment at ‘Closet Cleanout’ in Ascot

“Closet Cleanout” at the Eagle Farm Markets at Doomben Racecourse offers the perfect opportunity for shoppers to snatch a huge bargain. Drop by on the 28th of January between 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and choose from their preloved branded apparel and vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories, all up for grabs at great prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallets.

Credit: Eagle Farm Markets at Doomben Racecourse Facebook

There are many compassionate reasons and benefits why participating in rummage sales such as the “Closet Cleanout” is being encouraged. The platform can drive the local economy, save the environment, promote ethical issues, and personally help save money for shoppers.

Shoppers can save as much as 50 to 80 percent when buying second-hand items, particularly when buying branded apparel that are otherwise at double or triple prices at the mall. Vintage clothing and high-end labels, which are otherwise expensive for the common buyers, will finally be affordable. Shopping budgets can be maximised with the excess money being put towards other necessities.

Buying at rummage sales can also benefit the local economy as the community’s money stay within the community. Local entrepreneurs will thrive while local buyers get the most bang out of their buck.

When shoppers patronise second-hand apparel, they also help with the global objective of making the environment greener. When people buy second-hand items, they reduce their carbon footprint because it lessens the demand for new items from the factories. Saving old clothes and other possessions from being thrown away also promotes recycling.

Become a stallholder!

Those who are keen to be on the other side of the table can sell and take the “Closet Cleanout” as an opportunity for the perfect Spring closet cleaning of old wardrobes. Earn from unused clothes that are otherwise stored uselessly inside the cabinets. Those old favourites will find new owners that will love them just as the same. For those who are interested to take advantage of the event as a stallholder, please click here.

The “Closet Cleanout” will be held at the Doomben Racecourse at 75 Hampden St, Ascot