Today I got to see a lot of people at the markets, starting with Tony, the man who sells orchids. Those flowers were amazing and most of them were still budding, which means the plants will bloom for months to come. Tony sells his orchids for a fraction of the price in flower shops and I see customers snatching up a few pots at a time. You have to be in quick to get the best ones and I’ll be keeping an eye out for my mother who loves orchids. They are totally worth it.
I got some advice from the lady who runs Missy Moo, cute fabric and button accessories, about approaching shops to sell my stuff to. I think I’ll start contacting people soon about that. I saw Anne who had brought a wide range of beautiful cards. There were cute ones with mushrooms, and ones with balloons though them (clever idea) which I particularly liked. There’s this lady who makes really beautiful, expensive looking jewelry using authentic Swarovski crystals. In shops, something like that would cost you anywhere between $50 (earrings) to $250 (necklaces) so they’re a real rare find. I have a blue, heart shaped necklace from her which I bought at Wintersun and I am still in love with it. I met a man who shapes jewelry from abalone shells and I hope to get a picture soon to show you all because it is v.cool. Another stall I really liked was one with lots of paintings of Australian birds and other wildlife. There were paintings of the cutest wrens for $15 which I was tempted to buy. That’s the danger with walking around – spending too much money.
And talking about spending money, I officially met Bernard, the man who has the whistles you can make bird noises with. He’s made a new instrument – a converted gas tank drum-thing… there’s no name for it but it makes the most beautiful, resounding sounds and I was preoccupied the whole day playing it. Luckily my sister was there to sell stuff for me because once you start playing those things, it’s like you’re in a trance. It’s a wonderful, intuitive instrument. I originally bought it for my mum because she teaches children, but I couldn’t get enough of it myself. The stallholders beside me were very nice people and didn’t make faces when I was making a ruckus.
Sales at Juky and Beatrix were slow to start today but we made a few last minute exchanges that were quite good so all in all, it was a good day. It would not have been half as good without Amy who seemed to have the uncanny ability to lock onto customers and draw them in like a tractor beam. I always knew my sister was actually a robot. It’s also always good to have some help at the markets setting up and packing up. We hadn’t seen each other for a while which made for interesting conversation. We had quite a few well dressed customers from Singapore today and an enthusiastic family with four cute children. I think I've made this comment before, and I noticed it again today - people who stop by JB tend to have the best dress sense ever. I wish I could take photos - it would look like the photo shoot of a fashion magazine - but that would be creepy. I always feel underdressed.
Afterwards the three siblings (me, Amy and our brother, Bobby) went for some well deserved Nandos.
I might be giving Paradise Point a miss again this month because I don't want to make my sister do another market with me - she's not a morning person.