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Not so hard to find
There is always a sense of excitement and wonder walking into a Sunday market. When it's a Christmas market, those emotions are heightened tenfold. Parking in the Entertainment Quarter carpark, I worried that the two hours of free parking before the fees kicked in just wouldn't be enough to explore the vastness of a market that promised to be full of unique and different Christmas gifts with live music and food to boot.
You can imagine my disappointment when I quickly realised that the expansive, quirky market that I expected was little more than a couple of rows with a coffee place and a Spanish food truck and an acoustic duo that were less than brilliant. Don't get me wrong, there were definitely some nice locally produced things at the Hard to Find market, but I have to question whether the homewares, bath bombs and moisturisers were actually classified as "hard to find"? Perhaps these particular local producers of these goods were more obscure, but the items themselves were overwhelmingly ordinary. The highlight of the market was a stall selling Andy Warhol-esque clocks, coasters and mugs with pop culture icons on them like The Beatles and Bowie. More of things like this please! Compared to the range on the Hard to Find website, the market was really lacking in the personal and quirky gifts that these guys usually offer.
That was the closest I came to purchasing anything and even then, it didn't quite get me over the line. The whole experience was over and done in about twenty minutes and I didn't get a single skerrick of Christmas shopping done.