Mar­kets go weekly for sum­mer

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH

Mar­kets are a fix­ture of Whanga­mata, tak­ing place ev­ery Sun­day from 9am un­til 1pm at the TCDC carpark.

It’s a col­lec­tive ef­fort by or­gan­is­ers Ana Fryer and Suzanne Mid­win­ter, along with oth­ers who pro­mote the at­trac­tion and sup­port it. Ana says the fare is an ever-chang­ing se­lec­tion of what­ever is in abun­dance lo­cally — from fresh pro­duce in sum­mer to bric-abrac and a tasty sausage siz­zle on a chilly win­ter’s day.

“It’s quite holis­tic re­ally, it re­ally is about re­cy­cling some­thing that some­one no longer wants to keep. It gets sold and it goes to some­one else’s house, and the $5 stall­holder fees goes back to com­mu­nity groups.

“It’s prob­a­bly the cheap­est mar­ket in New Zealand, but we’ve still man­aged to raise $6800 over the years which has been do­nated to com­mu­nity groups in town.

“We’re weekly through the sum­mer,” says Suzanne, “so it’s just re­mind­ing peo­ple to come and check out the mar­ket. “Any­one is wel­come and set-up is from 8am. Stall­hold­ers don’t need a gazebo, they can just put a blan­ket on the ground. It’s meant to be for lo­cals want­ing to make a bit of ex­tra pocket money or do some fundrais­ing for a lo­cal cause.”

■ Any stall­hold­ers can con­tact Suzanne on 07 865 9100.

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The Whanga­mata mar­kets are a pop­u­lar Sun­day event.

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