Monday, 6 July 2009

BrisStyle empties the streets ...

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.


Jetta's Nest said...

Wonderful post Robyn, you've captured the day perfectly! It was so great, wasn't it? I'm still buzzing around from it and I can't wait for the next one! I think BIDM's are a little addictive!

Congratulations too on little Daniel coming home. Saturday was a super day all round!

Ali said...

Great post Robyn! What a great day it was - and how perfect that little Daniel arrived home too x
I can't dress my 'doll' in her pretty new skirt! :)

Little Diva said...

Fantastic post Robyn and so glad to hear your little grandson is finally at home!! and yes, thank goodness the crowd was well behaved - I was waiting for a bit of pram rage at the entrance!! Christine xo

Sandrine said...

Robyn your post always are soo great to read!I love the empty Brisbane street explanation here!!I am still laughing ;))))Great that little Daniel is now having its little place home ;))

Kitty Boo Boo said...

Oh Robyn, I do love your blog. And it was such a pretty rack to be impaled on!
PS I loved all your dresses your eye for colour combo's is OUTSTANDING
PPS Do they call them 'homely' babies because that's where you should keep 'em?

Hey Harriet said...

Fantastic news about Daniel being home now!

A lovely run-down on the BiDM Robyn. It was such a great day! Seeing so many smiley faced market-goers was gorgeous! What struck me as really special was the amount of punters who arrived early and hung around for hours! They made their purchases and just stayed to soak up the fun atmosphere. Outside there were kiddies running around playing on the lawn, their parents enjoying the coffee and live music. It was very sweet to see :)

Little Mary Moo said...

What a lovely post Robyn. I'm glad that you were able to finish the day injury free. You just might need to employ a hunky spunk of a body guard for your stall for the next market to keep you safe and sound.

My Little Moo LOVES her dress. It is beautiful, thank you.

Congratulations on Daniel coming home. I hope you are able to enjoy a quite week to recover.

Sally said...

Robyn, great post. I love the pic you took of Sandrine and I. Sortof sums up the day - meeting delightful peeps (meanwhile selling some bits).
I missed out on a cupcake too ...

Nicole said...

Excellent post Robyn, I feel like I saw more of the markets through your post then I had a chance to on the actual day - what an amazing turnout and support for handmade! Looking forward to the Christmas market :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Robyn,
Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I look forward to catching up with you at the Christmas markets.
Megan @ blossomchild

Jade said...

fantastic post robyn! i had no idea bec and i looked 'calm' setting up the shop - i thought it was the opposite :) he he
that's great news daniel is home now. and i agree with katie, it is a beautiful rack to be impaled on!!

oh and i've posted that recipe too if you were still interested.

Anonymous said...

Robyn, your posts have such a fun and fresh approach. You've captured the memory of the BiDM perfectly. And thanks for showing me the picture of the yummy cupcakes I missed out on. Just when I'm really craving something sweet!

Helen said...

Ah Miss fudge so great to hear that the grand little Daniel will be heading home!

What a fabbo post too you've really - was that Julie Gillard in amongst those Market goers fighting her way through to nab a Hot Fudge get up or two for her relo's?

...and what am I doing on stage there - sucking a lozenge in preparation of my flu onslaught me thinks te he.

Thanks so much for the round up robyn and giving me a chucklexox