I’m one of those people who have all kinds of crazy ideas swirling around in my head and some time ago I realised that these ideas were my vision for River & Wren.
River & Wren is a kind market community. We’re a friendly market. A happy market.
These principles guide me in all of my market planning.
… it’s a community event …
Recently I’ve had cause to think about how I describe the market that I manage in Wagga Wagga, in country NSW, Australia.
River & Wren is a handmade market. Recently however I’ve been challenged (in a nice way) as to what exactly is River & Wren’s definition of “handmade”.
In my mind good quality and on-trend handmade, homemade or homegrown is welcomed into our market.
Last year I set myself a challenge to visit at least one Australian market every month throughout 2017.
My goal was to visit at least 12 Australian markets throughout the year and one a month seemed like a good idea at the time. As you will see, my challenge was a huge success for the first half of the year and then life took over.
There’s something very special about a market. A market is like magic, filled with possibility and excitement. I am probably at my happiest when rummaging through a market – stall after stall, unearthing new and interesting things, immersing myself in the atmosphere and the spirit of the community.
Markets are my passion.
I recently sent out a survey to my local community seeking feedback on the River & Wren Markets, the market that I manage, and the survey results have proven that there definitely is such a thing as the Market Manager’s Dilemma.
River & Wren is a country handmade market based in Wagga Wagga in country NSW, Australia.
Over the years we have developed a reputation as a vibrant market offering good quality handmade, homemade and homegrown products in a fun, happy and friendly environment. This helps us attract an overwhelming number of shoppers to each market.
This morning I woke up to the following Instagram post from the very inspiring Simone Eyles from Working Spaces HQ in Wagga Wagga.
“Being copied is not a form of flattery. It’s a sign of laziness.
If you have no imagination and creativity, don’t copy me, there’s enough room for both our awesomeness.
A trip to Sydney means different things to different people. To me, a trip to Sydney is incomplete without visiting at least one Sydney market!
Sydney markets remind me of a time when I was young and carefree and could spend my weekends traipsing around whichever market took my fancy.