Are there any Wild Roses in Foxton?
Sandra Rose Pope grew up in O¯ taki.
By the age of 17 her childhood dream of becoming a gypsy queen was about to come into fruition.
This meant selling silver jewellery, scented oils and other items on the road, while travelling around New Zealand. This is under a 32-week contract, which “gypsy sellers” are locked into, she said. All gypsy sellers on the trail must be registered and work for a particular season.
Life took over and the dream remained a dream. And three children later, and at the age of 50 Sandra decided to shout herself the ultimate birthday present — a 10m Bedford bus.
So the dream became reality. She’s lived in that house bus for nine years. Life on the road, setting up shop Friday to Sunday is exhausting, she says. The lifestyle was beginning to take its toll, so Sandra decided it was time to settle down again.
She has set up shop below her current house and called it Gypsy Wild Rose, at 26A Main Street Foxton, behind Hammer Hardware and down the alley, next to Professional Realty.
Sandra said she chose this building as it seemed ideally suited. She sells silver jewellery and paintings by retired Gypsy Jude, an artist. Sandra set up her shop last year.
Setting it up was a lot easier than finding a place to park up the house truck every week, to pack it all away on Sunday, and set out again.
Gypsy Wild Rose is open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Sandra is busy preparing for this year’s Spring Fling. And as far as she is concerned and as Elvis Costello sings, “It’s been a good year for the Roses.”
Rose Pope is living out her dream of being a gypsy in Foxton.
Gypsy Wild Rose has been in Foxton for a year now.