Are there any Wild Roses in Fox­ton?

Horowhenua Chronicle - - OPEN HOMES - By BRUCE FALLOON

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.

LVN240818bfrose­shop PHO­TOS / BRUCE FALLOON

Gypsy Wild Rose has been in Fox­ton for a year now.

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