Market Wanderings

Market Day at the Australian Scout Jamboree

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit a market that not everybody can visit and it’s a market that only occurs once every three years.   Imagine that, this market is so special it’s only held once very 3 years!

Which market was it?  Market Day at the Australian Scout Jamboree.

My son is a scout and is attending the Australian Jamboree at Appin in NSW and families were invited to attend Super Saturday which included a Market Day.

Forgetting the four and a half hour drive and the small fact that we then had to walk what seemed like 5 kilometres from our car to the site, we had an amazing day.  The Jamboree is such an incredible experience for young people and I loved spending time with my son who I hadn’t seen for over a week.

Market Day was a fun activity for the scouts and an opportunity for their troops to earn “Jam Dollars”.  Each troop ran a market stall selling items they brought from home.

This was a market like no other, though it was essentially a handmade market.  Ninety five percent of everything being sold was handmade by scouts or was a ‘service’ being provided by scouts.

I suspect that scouts are harbouring the next generation of Australian entrepreneurs.  Not only did they come up with product ideas, make the products and provide the services, they spruiked their offerings like there was no tomorrow – which is not generally encouraged at a market, but in this case, it seemed to work!

The stalls were different from what you’d find at a ‘traditional’ market, though having said that, there were some similarities with scout versions of face painting, jewellery, baked treats, hair clips and paper art.

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Handmade jewellery on a fabulous living display rack.

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Colourful origami creations

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Tie dyed headbands

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Homemade hair clips

Being a market for scouts, a variety of handmade woggles were a popular product.  If you’re not familiar with scouting, a woggle is the circular ‘thingy’ that fastens the scarf together around the neck.

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Gumnut woggles from a Western Australian troop.  My son “bought” three!

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My son’s troop sold woggles made from sheep spines.

There were some stalls however that just wouldn’t make the cut at a traditional market and certainly not at River & Wren!

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Watermelon smashing – what a waste of delicious summer watermelons but so much fun for the scouts on a hot summer day.

Pandemonium seemed to rein with scouts jostling to buy their favourite products and parents just trying to keep up with their scouts.  But as a market manager, I would be over the moon if my markets attracted the crowd numbers that this market achieved.  Mind you, it was a captive crowd with over 10,000 scouts at Jamboree and 15,000 visitors on site on the day!!

Well done to the scouts from Sub Camp C for organising such a fun market,  though I suspect there would have been a cleaning up duty at the end of the day.

And in case you’re wondering, we managed to catch the courtesy bus back to our car at the end of the day to save our weary legs from the, what would have felt like, 10 kilometre hike!

Have you been to an unusual market?

(Disclaimer:  My apologies to the scouting movement if I’ve not described scouting terms correctly!)

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