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.
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.
The two questions that I am most often asked are:
How many people come to River & Wren? and
How much money do stall holders make at a River & Wren Market?
The first question I can’t answer with an exact number.
Everybody loves a country handmade market!
Fortunately I didn’t have to wander far to explore this country handmade market!
The River & Wren Boutique Market held its first market of the year in Wagga Wagga two weekends ago. The weather gods blessed us with a glorious day and the community came out in droves to support our market.