Arapuni talents boost market’s revival
After the successful relaunch of the Arapuni Market and Car Boot Sale in late 2016 its organisers are anticipating the same for round two this Sunday.
The original market was disbanded several years ago because there were not enough organisers to help out.
Now, glass painter Jan Hardy, qualified herbalist Sharron Hardy [no relation to Jan] and Hine Lloyd, who was involved with the original market, are about to change all that.
Based on the positive feedback after the relaunch last spring they have decided to hold two markets a year at the Arapuni Hall.
‘‘The spring market was kind of like a reunion in a way and many people that used to live here came back just for the market so they could see everyone. It went really well,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘We are now going to try and organise it for spring and autumn every year and just build on the store holders we have,’’ Jan said.
Lloyd said Arapuni was an arty village and the market was a chance to celebrate local talent.
‘‘There are a lot of artists in this village and within the area and we are wanting them to have a place where they can sell their arts and crafts while also providing entertainment for families,’’ she said.
‘‘It is like a celebration day for local families while also giving people from surrounding areas something to do,’’ Sharron said.
Jan said all sorts of stalls will be on offer from her own glass painting creations, which are sold at New Zealand’s international airports, to plants, homemade pickles and jams, and Sharron’s herbal creams and medicines.
‘‘Sharron and I both regularly go to markets so we have been handing out lots of pamphlets and anyone that wants to come is more than welcome to have a stall,’’ she said.
‘‘We are full in the hall already so it is just outside stalls now but most people have gazebos anyway.’’
Lloyd said a range of activities for children are also being organised such as face and rock painting and a bouncy castle.
Local buskers are also being encouraged to attend.
Proceeds from the market will go towards buying new tables for the community hall.
The market starts at 9am and stalls and car boots cost $15 each. To book phone 07 883 5673.
From left Arapuni Market organisers Jan Hardy, Sharron Hardy, and Hine Lloyd.