So many years and so many markets
and so much delight!
I am finding a rhythm of how to approach it with children
Jesse is usually busking so I am in the foray with my little friends
Aiming to meet abit of each one’s desires
Playground, food, fossicking, produce shopping, hello to dad, doll’s clothes, push toys, animals, watching buskers etc etc
Bustling, stimulating, stories to share, strangers to meet, everywhere an eye catcher, hungry, overwhelming!
Whether on grass or a carpark makes a difference,
shaded or not?
with food stalls or not?
with artisans or not?
With playground or not?
many important factors!
having been a stall holder previously I can see it from that side too…
I have so much enjoyment from visiting markets and the market community of friends
and revel in the way people interact in these spaces
it is something unto itself
I suppose over time an atmosphere is built up in the place
when it’s all packed down I can still perceive the fullness of what has been there
Be open to being inspired by what others are doing also
On Sunday at the Shalom markets I met Robyn Crosthwaite who sells beautiful wool crafts with her husband
to raise money for their granddaughter Ayla.
Their stall stood out as one of the only with handmade products.
We connected over patterns on Ravelry, pure wool supplies (I recommended Weave and Bilby Yarns) and just yarned about good old knitting, while her husband needle felted rainbow badges for the stall.
Have a look at their blog or shop!
Some things for me to remember to make marketing easier
Take a pram or a trolley to carry your goods or children so your hands are free for rummaging
Take a list of what you are looking for, it can be oh so distracting
and then allow yourself the spontaneity to get your finds of the day
Take snacks and water for all
Hats and maybe a brolly
Be prepared to go slow and make sure everyone gets time looking at what they want
Take time to look at old things and wonder what they where for and used by who
Ask stall holders about the stories of things
Be open to being surprised and learning something new and meeting a new friend
I am blessed to be able to retreat to the bus for a breather and a meal and then
refreshed we burst back in and feast on the beauty!
It’s often a fabulous full day which we discharge by going to the beach or into nature or best of all a swim in a cool creek…
Which market do you love and why?
What do you hunt for?
What tips would you share to make it an enjoyable experience?
The End of The Day
With happiness at the future sharings at markets, maybe I will see you there….