It's early Saturday morning. Where have all the people gone? Where are the crowds?
Here they are, at the BrisStyle Indie Designers Market. If you live in Brisbane, you were probably there, so you know what I mean.
The stall holders arrived at an unearthly hour of the morning to set up their shops.
Bec and Jade of Beckybean calmly went about the business of unloading and arranging their fabulous bags.
Sandrine (SM Boutique) and Sally (Flight Industries) found time for a quiet chat before the storm.
Lauren of Raspberry Pink had the most beautiful range of goodies.
Apart from us sellers inside the hall, there were just as many setting up in the grounds outside.
Lemon Ink's wonderful bags
Sophie of Strat Designs had this fresh, colourful collection of pendants, bracelets and earrings. Yummy!Just as well I wandered outside before the crowds hit, because sadly, this is about all I saw as waited for my coffee. I foolishly decided that there would be plenty of time later in the day to take a leisurely stroll around the grounds, catching up with all the stall holders. Ha!
Meanwhile, the customers started drifting into the hall ... slowly at first ...
... until we were all inundated with eager buyers.
They were a well mannered bunch, as mobs go, and thankfully the minor scuffles didn't reach State of Origin proportions.
I discovered it was safer to stand back until the decision of what to buy was made. It was either that or get impaled on the clothes rack.
I was humbled by the lovely people who stopped by to say hello - some who had read of the market on my blog and others who had bought from my Etsy shop. I know some of the other stall holders had a similar experience and we all felt reassured that we are not whistling into the wind.
During the day I envisioned myself in a quiet corner, pigging out on one of the delectable designer cup cakes created by Tabitha's Place.
Imagine my shock, horror and dismay when someone broke the news that they were completely sold out! I have made a mental note that at our December market I will push all the little kiddies aside early in the proceedings and snaffle myself a cake.
Speaking of lovely people, this is committee member Bel of EmBelISH who, as you may observe, is very proud of her brand-new son, Xavier. He was such a cutie and was the youngest participant at the market. Bel was pushing a covered pram through the crowds towards the end of the day and, being a typical clucky grandmother, I gently pushed aside the cover to be confronted by what at first looked like an extremely "homely" looking baby, but it proved to be two huge bunches of flowers. They were being kept out of sight until the presentation at the end of the market, when they were presented to the two incredible work horses, Sophie (see her stall above) ...
... and the super Helen of Ruby 2 Go Go.
So if you missed out this time, take heart because we will be doing it all again in early December, just in time for Christmas.
The weekend was made complete on hearing that our tiny little grandson Daniel left hospital on Saturday and is being thoroughly ruined by his adoring big brother and sister. He had his first outing yesterday at the Sydney Good Food & Wine Show .
And now I will go back to stunned mullet mode while my brain is being recharged.