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.
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.
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.
I feel incredibly privileged to organise a market.
River & Wren is a handmade, homemade and homegrown market and its popularity with not just our local community, but the wider region, has shown that the community not only appreciates, but supports, our local creative industry.
Having decided to run a beautiful handmade country market, I realised that the very first thing I needed to do was choose an amazing market name. A name that would represent the handmade and country nature of the market. And a name that would become recognisable and synonymous with our town and region.
Market planning … the week before a River & Wren Market can be a crazy crazy time.
Until recently, I didn’t have a home office. I ran River & Wren from our kitchen table. Although it’s an excessively large table, the kitchen is the centre of our farm house and I was constantly being interrupted by the everyday workings of the farm.
It became very obvious that I needed my own workspace away from the house.
I didn’t think it was possible, but River & Wren Boutique Market’s December Christmas Market was even more fabulous than our November Christmas Market!!
I’m often asked how I put together a market that is embraced not only by our local community but attracts people from all over our region.
The new year is an exciting time. New beginnings; an opportunity to work towards goals with a clear head and setting new goals, or resolutions if that’s your thing.
My absolute favourite thing to do at the beginning of a new year is to write up my new diary.