Little Shop Of Strange

This store is located in Randburg and offers all your alternative, Gothic and horror dreams. They have everything from Odin shirts and stainless steel straws, to voodoo dolls and printed bags. What we love about them is all their unique and wonderful trinkets like the skulls, candles, compact mirrors and awesome stickers. They also pop up at markets, so keep a look out on Facebook.

Contact details: 011 886 0504 / 1 Laas Centre, 97 Republic Road, Randburg / [email protected] / https://littleshopofstrange.co.za

Dark Carnival

This geek haven has lines metres long at festivals and events. But we no longer need to wait around for hours, missing all the other great festival entertainment. Because they have now set up shop at Montecasino. And they brought a dragon and Darth Vader along with them. Villains aside, this store has a great selection of gaming and comic shirts, caps, electronic accessories, bobble heads, props and trinkets.

Contact details: 011 465 3701 / Shop 56, Montecasino, Fourways / [email protected] / https://www.darkcarnival.co.za/

The Fairy Factoree

The Fairy Factoree create unique pieces out of polymer clay. Items include sculptures, jewellery and accessories. These pieces can also be custom made, so if you have always wanted a potion bottle necklace, gryphon fridge magnet, a sculpture of a sarcophagus, or anything else, give this place a call. Alternatively, check out their fantastical dragons, books, eyes and skulls at one of the markets they frequently appear at.

Contact details: 084 860 4452 / [email protected] / Facebook

Curiosity Cabinet

If, like us, you have always wanted to step foot inside Borgin & Burkes in Knockturn Alley, then this is the shop for you. Curiosity Cabinet creates their own items such as resin skulls, shrunken heads, potions, poisons, vampire hunting kits, potion making kits, witches' baskets, voodoo doll kits and other weird and wonderful items. They pop up at many markets, but feel free to contact them about personalised items, if you dare.

Contact details: 076 366 8067 / [email protected] / Facebook

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FanCentric

This store is located in Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria. But they do offer online purchasing too. This is the place to get all your fan-centric musts and printed t-shirts galore. From Harry Potter to Lord Of The Rings, they have it all. So make your wizarding dreams a reality, grab a wand, a cloak and a hat and let the magic come alive. You can also find this stall at various markets so keep a wary eye on their Facebook page.

Contact details: 074 2202222 / FanCentric, Shop 164 Entrance 1, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria / [email protected] / www.fancentric.co.za

Kulcha Kollective

Kulcha Kollective is an online shop specialising in fan merchandise with the likes of t-shirts, aprons, cushions, skulls and other oddities. Their range includes Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Game of Thrones and various other skull, cat, voodoo and unicorn merch. You can find them at rAge, ICON, Geekfest and other events in the city.

Contact details: 083 430 7655 / [email protected] / http://www.kulchakollektive.co.za 

Pretty Pandora

This online store, based in Pretoria offers some of the most amazing and awesome products. These include calavera bedding, guitar pick necklaces, pop-culture hoodies, bright hair dyes, unicorn make-up brushes and patterned 50s style dresses. Pretty Pandora offers something for everyone whether they are geeks, makeup fanatics or just love unique and unusual clothing, jewellery, accessories and decor.

Contact details: [email protected] / Facebook

MissMoan

Another online store graces this list. Specializing in mythological and alternative apparel, MissMoan offers a select range of mugs, jewellery and collectible pieces. They also sculpt their own designs with a talent and passion for dragons and tentacles. Their crafts are based on pop-culture, Celtic symbolism and mythology. This is the spot to pick out rune necklaces, Celtic Knot rings, specially made wands and a mug that will have everyone at the office talking.

Contact details: 074 240 0123 / [email protected] / Facebook

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Alternatribe Strange Sundays

This market is relatively new on the scene, but it has already gained quite a following. It is also for people who love all things tattoo. We know what you're thinking. "Who wants to get a tattoo at a place called 'Rusty Hook'?". Well, we do. The best thing about this market is the live entertainment. No, we're not talking about the random singer and their acoustic guitar hanging around the seating area like at so many other markets. We're talking about some of the best music South Africa has to offer in the form of great rock bands such as the likes of Jasper Dan, who opened for none other than British metal band Iron Maiden. Besides the great music and tattoos, you can also get all your goth, steampunk, punk and metal merchandise here.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Alt. Market

This market occurs on the second Saturday of every month and is located in Centurion. If you don't mind the drive, it makes for an amazing day out. Most of the stalls here are the same ones found in the artist section of rAge every year. So, if you are looking for those handmade prints, personalised mugs, handcrafted jewellery, fan merch and all the other weird and wonderful things in the alternative world, then this is the place to be. If you're not already sold, this market also hosts Love-a-bull Auctions and Fundraisers, for charity - raising much needed funds for their lovable fur babies.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Sylvia's Market

Sylvia's has many markets from Sundays at Sylvia's to Winter Wonderland markets. It's all here. They also have a great mishmash of people and stalls. These include all the regular food and craft stalls you'll find at any other market. But, they also have a wide range of alternative items from the very same stalls available at events like Geekfest, rAge and Comic Con. You can find all your favourite paraphernalia and maybe even discover a few new items of interest.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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Pins and Needles

This market is in affiliation with Ting's Tattoos in Randburg. It is a tattoo-based market incorporating all the things we love about tattoos and the tattoo ethos. One of their stalls is Steamed Rabbit, the artistic company belonging to artist and tattooist at Ting's, Dee. Dee has a range of mugs, notebooks, tattoos, of course, and even prints, all with her own designs and pieces. There are also a wide range of other awesome stalls with the likes of The Fairy Factoree, Ayame Designs and Kulcha Kollektive; the leaders in alternative market stalls. This market has no set times, rather it just pops up every now and then so keep a wary eye on their events on Facebook.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Medieval Fayre

Not quite a market, this fayre occurs a few times a year in various forms. The event has everything a medieval zealot could dream of, from battles and weapon forging, to archery and quests for the damsel in distress. They host all the market stalls that patrons would need to take them back to the dark ages. Whether it is a market, fayre, event or something else, one thing is definitely true - it most certainly caters to the alternative crowd.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

Other Events To Check Out

Some other events to attend for the best in alternative market stalls are:
rAge
Comic Con
Geek Fest

 

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