sydney royal spending-money-on-junk fest 2k14



Easter in Sydney often means watching busloads of people heading to the Olympic showground and kids hyped up on sugar wearing rainbow wigs and spreading an assortment of junky toys all over the train carriage. It's also that horrid plastic-y smell of Disney showbags filled with pointless shit, all made in China. When I was younger, I lived for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It was basically the highlight of every kid's year. Every year, in about January, I'd start trolling the Easter show website, particularly the showbag section, planning and plotting my descent into the showbag hall. The idea of all of this junk was so lovely to me, and everyone. It's kind of how you spend a ridiculous amount of money playing the laughing clowns, getting worked up at the mere thought of a giant stuffed bear, and yet once you win one, you get home and realise it's ugly and not at all worth the $60 you spent playing for it. (Not that I've ever actually won one of those giant bears, but damn, I have tried.)

My Easter Show memories are pretty decent. Aside from a few panicky moments when I saw an ambulance in the rides section and immediately imagined someone's head falling off a roller coaster or something (I was a strange child okay), I always had fun. From watching the woodchopping competitions, to roly poly cars (literally amazed my four year old self) and rodeo and fruit/veg displays and snow cones with excessive syrup flavouring to freezing my kneecaps off on the ferris wheel and patting the cute little puppies and carefully calculating my showbag budget (thanks mum) and adding to that my secret coin collection and the man from snowy river show, acted on horseback, and the fireworks, always always always, followed by a noisy ride home in a bus full of people waving around inflatable hammers and checking out their goodies.

The Easter show got old when I was about eleven or twelve. Every year it's the same, minus the ever-growing prices. Somehow, it's just not as fun when you're spending your own money...

This year, my friend revealed that having lived in Sydney for years, she has never been. "What," we said. "What." So a friend and I took her on an Easter show adventure.










We bought Care Bear showbags and I wandered around the place in a purple Care Bears beanie and giant fairy wings, eating rainbow snow cones and sticky fairy floss. Unfortunately on the day I went, the cats had already gone home (boo) but we saw some ridiculously lovely dogs and cute little goats (none of whom, unfortunately, screamed like humans).

Overall, a decent day, and my wallet was not as sure as I expected. I did splurge on a nice pair of ugg boots, but come on, it's cold, they're necessary.

14 comments:

  1. Oh boy, I wish I were there :)


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  2. I agree, the prices never stop climbing. I think I blowed my budget at the royal show last year, and I only went on a few rides and bought one showbag. I had a blast though; the fireworks were the highlight of the entire day. I definitely love going for the atmosphere but I might reconsider this year, since it's so darn expensive. It's all a great experience though, that's so lovely that you took your friend out to something they'd never been to before!

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  3. Ahaha the fairy wings are so cute <3
    I remember spending sooo much money on all the games etc.

    One year I won a giant toy then I had to carry it around for the rest of the day, no fun lol
    Hope you had a fun day =)

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  4. this year i didn't stay for the fireworks because my friend had a closing shift at work which was a damn shame but oh well. i can catch fireworks some other time. to be honest i think next year i'll save my money for something more interesting. she seemed to enjoy herself! haha :)

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  5. as cute as me? hahahaha.
    yeahhh, we tried our luck with the games but stopped after we spent about twenty bucks between us.
    WHAT DID YOU WIN? I'm so jelly. i've always wanted to be one of those people carrying a huge bear around the show.

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  6. I'm jealous that you got to go! It ended the day before I got to Sydney :(

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  7. Lol the game I won didn't have good toys. I ended up getting this football with eyes and feet LOL it sounds retarded but it looks better than it sounds! hahaha

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  8. Hi! I really adore your blue converse (not in this post, but I've seen in other posts) and I'd like to buy a similar pair. Do you know what the "official" color of it is?

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  9. Yeah, it was part of the "neon" collection about a year ago. I think there was also yellow, pink and orange. I have no idea if they're still available, though. I guess it would depend where you live. I did notice these (http://www.authentics.com.au/542624-mesange) a few days ago, if that helps. Again, Australian site though. Hope this helps!

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  10. haha glad you liked the Easter show! I haven't been there in ages. I actually live really close to it and keep on meaning to go...show bags are always fun!


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  11. ahahah i bet you get tired of hearing all the screaming at night, though, no? :)

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  12. I've only been once and it rocked, I wore tigger ears all day :)

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