Jozi’s Sunday Market Shuffle

Fifth in my series of Sandton Snapshot posts, leading up to the publication of SandtonPlaces. Read posts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

For years, the weekly flea market at the top of the Rosebank Mall parking garage — the Rosebank B&B Market — was a go-to Sunday afternoon outing for Joburg families. The market was the only one of its kind in Joburg and had hundreds of stalls selling crafts, antiques, food, and countless other locally made products.

I never got around to checking out the Rosebank B&B Market. I kept putting it off because I figured it would always be there. Until, suddenly, it wasn’t.

Early last year, amidst a major renovation of the Rosebank Mall, the B&B Market suddenly closed. Word on the street was that the closure was temporary and the market would reopen once the parking garage was renovated. Then news circulated that the B&B Market wouldn’t reopen at all in Rosebank, and was moving several kilometres away. The B&B Market reopened in Norwood, in the parking garage of Norwood Mall, in mid-2013.

Just like that, the legendary Rosebank B&B Market was no more. Now there was a new market in a new location, renamed the Norwood B&B Market.

New Norwood - B&B Market1

Vendor selling painted tin cups at the new Norwood B&B Market. 

Meanwhile, late last year I started seeing signs for a new flea market in the Rosebank Mall called the Finders Keepers Market. At this point I hadn’t even gotten around to visiting the new Norwood B&B Market yet, and now there was a new Rosebank market where the old B&B market used to be.

I was thoroughly confused. I’m sure everyone reading this is confused too. Most of you have probably stopped reading by now.

Anyway, now I’ve visited both markets and sorted out the confusion. And all you need to know is that there are two Sunday markets now, one in Rosebank and one in Norwood, and both are really fun.

Rosebank - Finders Keepers Market frames

Picture frames made from vintage pressed-tin ceiling tiles and other recycled materials. I shot this at the Finders Keepers Market in Rosebank, but this vendor has a stall at the Norwood B&B Market too. 

Rosebank - Finders Keepers Market Thato_edited-1

Thato, a vendor selling interesting vegetable-grater-thingies at the Finders Keepers Market. 

New Norwood - B&B Market2

Pretty glass beads at the Norwood market.

Rosebank - Finder Keeper Market dancers1

A cultural dance group called Baloi Bammino performs at the Finders Keepers Market. Both markets feature live entertainment.

Rosebank - Finders Keepers Market dancers2

I love this group. I had actually seen them perform once before in the Fashion District.

Rosebank - Finders Keepers girl dancing

This little girl loves dancing to Baloi Bammino.

From what I’ve heard, neither of the new markets are as big or as vibey as the old Rosebank market used to be. And there has apparently been quite a bit of acrimony among the owners of the two markets, the landlords, the vendors, etc. But I really enjoyed myself at both markets and I hope they both survive. I especially like the atmosphere at the Finders Keepers Market. Note, however, that Rosebank Mall is still a construction zone and it’s a little confusing to navigate. Renovations are scheduled to finish in September.

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A paper mâché cat made of Joburg street maps — totally worth navigating some construction for. 

Both the Finders Keepers Market and the Norwood B&B Market are open from 9:00-4:00 on Sundays.

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15 Comments

  • Reply agentlabroad March 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Looks like marvelous fun!

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough March 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Oh, I love those painted tin cups! Those are so cool! Not seen anything remotely like that here.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • Reply 2summers March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

      I love them too. I’d never seen anything like it here either. I bought one.

  • Reply SteffiSteffi March 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    We have been to the Rosebank Market (the old one it is) back in 2005. It was really nice and we enjoyed it a lot.
    The two new markets sound fun too. Whenever we will manage to come back to SA we have to go.

    • Reply 2summers March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Thanks for the comment. I hope you make it back soon.

  • Reply MiaMusings March 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I have been to both the markets…and must say, I prefer the Norwood one to the new Finders market! Rosebank just didn’t give me the same vibe…

    • Reply 2summers March 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Interesting. I think I really liked Finders Keepers that day because of the dance group. But I imagine the vibe differs depending on the time, day etc.

  • Reply Debbie saunders March 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Looking forward to visiting both markets at the end of this year,,,, I love Rosebank and I’m glad to hear that they still do have a market! but I will be able to walk to the Norwood market because I lived just across the park that is opposite the Norwood mall:). Lots of things to look forward too!! Xx

    • Reply 2summers March 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Cool, Debbie. How long will you be back?

  • Reply Hallie March 29, 2014 at 2:18 am

    If you only had one sunday, would you pick one of these markets or the market on main?

    • Reply 2summers March 29, 2014 at 2:19 am

      Market on Main for sure. It’s my favorite 🙂

      • Reply Hallie March 29, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        Thanks!

  • Reply Helena August 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    The Norwood Market, now gets run by Norwood Mall and no longer B&B Markets. The new management lowered the cost of the stands as to help the traders, which is really nice.

    • Reply 2summers August 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Oh interesting, thanks for letting me know!

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