... and a wet weather contingency plan, as we had purchased a marquee with a shade-sail roof! This particular day - below - is still one of our funniest days ever at a market. It started raining at around 10am, and we had to work out how to get our 5m tarp over our marquee whilst it was erect. We did it in the end (and I think it only took around half an hour)!
Sometimes it feels as if we've been trading for a lot longer than we actually have - I think it's because we've crammed so much into our short time, and literally haven't stopped since we began. In April 2009 (6 months after we started our market stall), we headed to Darwin for a season of trading at the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (and of course both Parap & Nightcliff markets). The below pic is from these days ... look at those happy faces!
Below: Mitchell Street Night Market, Darwin 2009
In our second year of trading (2009) we got into the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford, QLD. We were a little bit unprepared as to how professional all the stalls would be, and learned quite a lot during the two weeks on-site! It remains our favourite festival, and we feel so privileged to be accepted year after year.
Our set up was constantly changing during our formative first few years. It's quite hard to display products in a new and creative way, and it's all too easy to fall into the same traps that everybody makes at first. We thought we were so original when we used the 'old suitcase display' thing, the 'hesian table cover' thing, the 'bamboo ladder' thing and the 'bamboo blind' thing - and were always shocked when we 'saw ourselves' everywhere.
We didn't see our homemade racks or signs signs anywhere though, and it drove us forward to invent, design
more of our set up, which we still do to this day. Yo makes all our wooden & bamboo pieces, metal clothing racks, and recycled pallet wood tables and boxes.
Above: Kiama market 2012. Funnily enough this is now our permanent spot!
We became permanent at our first market just last year after 5 years of trade! Moruya market is on every Saturday which is both a challenge and a blessing for our little nomadic spirits! Where once we imagined travelling the countryside year round, we now need to carry too much stock to make it worthwhile, and unless we want to convoy around the country it's just not feasible.
We are now permanent at lots of markets on the South Coast of NSW.
Every Saturday: Moruya market
1st Sunday: Candelo market
2nd Sunday: Foragers market, Bulli
3rd Sunday: Kiama market
Above: Rainbow Serpent Festival 2012
But not to make light of the many events and festivals we do throughout the year - this side of our business is the absolute creative element, where we can indulge in our wildest ideas of our set up as we're usually set up for 3 days or more. Everything gets inspected and perfected ... slowly.
Over the years we have traded at the following music festivals (in calendar order):
Woodford Folk Festival
Peats Ridge Festival
The Falls Music & Arts Festival
Pyramid Rock Festival
Big Day Out Sydney
Illawarra Folk Festival
Rainbow Serpent Festival
Cobargo Folk Festival
Corinbank Music Festival
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Blue Mountains Music Festival
The Gum Ball
St Albans Folk Festival
Bluesfest Byron Bay
Deni Blues & Roots Festival
Splendour in the Grass
The Village Festival
Shine On Festival
Southern Blues Festival
Turning Wave Festival
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Island Vibe Festival
Festival of the Sun
And loads more that I've probably forgotten!
Until next time,