Market Organisers - what happens behind the scenes?

13-Sep-2016

You and I just turn up on the day of the Market ready to spend a few dollars and land a bargain, but what really goes into making a market a success for the stall holders and the customers.

We chatted to Natasha and Reece, two amazing people who ensure The Meeting Place Market located in Hove, alongside Brighton in South Australia is an amazing experience for all who visit.

They organise this boutique artisan family market showcasing handmade products and are always looking for unique stall holders to ensure every time you visit, there’s something new to discover.

Reece has his own cleaning business and is also studying full time. Natasha has a 2 year old and a 10 year old who is busy with school activities. She also manages an online artists resource centre together with making stock for her own stall at the market. 

The market is held the 4th Sunday of the month, but leading up to the big day, Natasha puts in a lot of time sourcing new and interesting stall holders so the market is always vibrant.  She and Reece constantly communicate with new and existing stall holders ensuring all their questions are answered. Application forms and invoices are then sent out. They often spend hours chasing applications and payments, but as they say, it's worth it to get the right stall holders at their market.  Once the stall holders are paid up and locked in, an “event wall” is created on their Facebook page and the exact location of each stall holder is plotted.

On market day, Natasha can be found setting up her own stall, but she and Reece are always happy to answer any questions to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Both Natasha and Reece love their market, it’s location, it’s stall holders and most importantly their customers and internet followers, but there's no getting around the fact that it is a lot of work to get it right, but the rewards a definitely worth it, they say.  So if you're ever visiting the area, pop by and take a look at this great local market. 

Check out their Facebook page - The Meeting Place 







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