Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Not all Markets Crash

No indeed, in fact, some of them rise spectacularly.

In these fiscally depressing times, isn't it wonderful to hear some good news for a change? Here in this little corner of the world our BrisStyle Christmas Market was a spectacular success, not only financially, but also because of the most marvellous spirit surrounding the day. Thirty BrisStyle members took advantage of the busiest pre-Christmas shopping day of the year and set up their wares in the Hamilton Town Hall and leafy outdoor courtyard. For many it was their first market experience and they approached it with trepidation. However, their fears were soon allayed as the crowds started rolling in when the doors opened for business.

It was so good to finally meet some of the group face to face, as much of the planning and conversations had taken place via emails. Many of us meet on a monthly basis, but there were so many new members and it was marvellous to put a face to the name.

And what a joy it was to see such beautifully made items - no "junk" or imported goodies here - just high quality goods created by a diverse group of artisans and designers.

Our Den Mother, Helen (left), with her Ruby Red Studios items

Beautiful baby shoes by Michelle of Pedrosprout

Benita of Bettsy Kingston with her oh-so-cute frilly baby bloomers

Raspberry Pink's Lauren spent the day entertaining the crowds by making tiny little penguins

Being Brisbane in mid-December, the day was hot and muggy, but this did not deter the crowds who came in a steady stream throughout the day. There was live entertainment and delicious sandwich wraps and iced coffee to keep the shoppers and vendors alike refreshed and happy.

The day was enhanced by the presence of families, babies, children, friends and supporters who added to the friendly atmosphere of the day. There were no unhappy faces - just smiles and laughter all day - wonderful.

I was humbled to be included among such talented designers - most of whom are young enough to be my daughters. Luckily, age doesn't seem to enter the equation, as we all share the same love of creating and designing.

Considering that my stocks were pretty low for various reasons, I was indeed very happy with my sales. One of my dresses is on its way to London - lucky dress!

With two markets in close succession, my stocks are now really low, but after the Christmas break, I will assume my role as the mad seamstress and hopefully will have lots of stock ready for our next market, which will take place in May, just in time for Mother's Day.

So the dollar may be dropping, but the BrisStyle spirit is certainly rising.


Ali said...

What a great post Robyn! Lovely pics too - what a lovely day!

Little Diva said...

It sure was a wonderful day with a fantastic atomsphere. Great photos you took there too.

Hey Harriet said...

It certainly was a fantastic day! Lovely photos and captions you've shared here. Fab post! Fab event! It was also very nice to finally meet you :)

Trish Goodfield said...

Great to see some photos of the markets. Lots of lovely smiles too. Looks like everyone had a successful and fun day.

REread said...

thanks for posting these pics, i never thought to take a camera !! Great pics :)

Sharlene said...

Ahh... the memories! Thanks for sharing these great pix and your thoughts.

michelle said...

Hi Robyn,

I love the title of your post!
Thanks for posting the pics. I had the pleasure of looking out from my stall over all your lovely smocks and that amazing quilt Robyn!!

Have a great Christmas!


Bec said...

You took some beautiful photos Robyn - and you've really captured the day. I can't wait to see Kate in her beautiful Hot Fudge dress on Christmas day. I will try very hard to remember to take a nice photo of it so I can finally get around to blogging it!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. All the best, Bec XXX

Anonymous said...

I had such a great day! Love your pics :)

fede said...

Happy New Year Robyn!
This photo of your collection of clothes at the market looks fabulous.... I just love the way you put your fabrics together :)Sounds lke you had a great double Xmas with the family and a well earned rest. xxFiona