I really enjoy participating at local markets. I’m still new to the area, having been here almost three years now. There’s lots to see and learn about and many people to get to know. Having a stall at the local market not only lets people know about my existence and what I do as a photographer, but also allows me to get to know locals as well. In fact, it really gives me permission to do almost nothing all day, once the stall has been set up. There’s a frenzy of unpacking, setting up the tent and the display and being ready before visitors arrive and there is also the frenzy of packing everything back up again, hopefully less than what you started with, if you have a good sales day. But the five hours in between means literally just standing or sitting, and talking to people. At home I’m always on the go so this is a bit of ‘time out’ for me while I spend time networking with other stall holders and meeting the local community.
On Saturday at the Grassroots Market in Upwey it was quite wet at first and misty and things got damp as I set up but once the tent was up and everything under it I was able to get myself organised. The sun came out early afternoon and helped dry off all our tents before we had to pack up.
Despite the wet start the market was quite well attended.