Promoted as "An award-winning platform for small creative businesses", stall items for sale cover an attractive range of goods from artwork and jewellery, clothing and homewares, through an array of leather bags, hats, photography, ceramics and much more. I just love the creativity this market exudes.
The food offerings are diverse and are located on the sides, so it's easy to check them all out and then decide what to have. Food choices wouldn't be complete without the crucial Coffee Van and colourful Smoothie caravan. This week I also discovered bartender service, which promised "Enjoy my cocktails while you enjoy your party" – with a pop-up bar experience that can be taken to any location.
The stall photos let the products speak for themselves and I had fun today selecting rather different offerings to share with our readers. Apologies to the many lovely displays and innovative goods I haven't featured. Standouts that caught my eye include the following.
Keeping with the sustainable theme, the Village Markets are well known for their Rack Sale. Filled with a range of pre-loved clothes, many with designer labels but without the original price tag, makes it a favourite spot especially for students. It's a hit or a miss re styles and sizes but the place to check for a serendipitous find. It's great to see recycled fashion being actively represented.
Daniela Fowler Art had gorgeous colourful pictures on display, full of happy vibes, both framed and unframed, in various sizes and with card packs for sale too. Half the fun of this market is the opportunity to Meet the Maker. Stopping for a chat is encouraged, with no hard sell.
Loved the dog bandanas and macramé leads made by Max and Koda. The fabric choices are lovely and a very well behaved Max, who took his marketing role seriously, adeptly modeled the products.
The bunches of blooms and pots filled with botanics on the Bentlee Co stall were really attractive.
Bagre Block House was another distinctive find. Their textiles are designed by Kristin Gardner in Australia and hand-block printed in India. Their bespoke cushion range printed on linen was gorgeous.