The disappointing Farmers' Market

Marzeus von Hemelen By Marzeus von Hemelen, 26th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Well Mother and I have our product, the Whiskers and Flappy children's DVDs, all ready and packaged. Wow what a job that was, but finally we have all neatly printed DVD's in plastic wrapped branded cases.

And how convenient! Searching online we find this "Farmer's Market" close by. It's a relatively new project somebody started in Voortrekkerdorp. Great timing!

The disappointing Farmers' Market

We send in our application form to have a stall set up there. We'll be there two Saturdays from now when we have created even more stock. Don't want to run out of stock to sell while we're at this Farmers Market now do we.

This Saturday, we drive to Voortrekkerdorp to go and see this Farmer's Market. According to some of their Facebook photos, it's a place of numerous stalls and buyers walking around, enjoying the merchandize.

Uh-oh. That's not quite what we see when we arrive. Is there a Farmer's Market today?

We park the car close by and look. There are only four stalls selling those useless trinkets and two more stalls advertising food. That's it.

It looks like a ghost market. There's absolutely nobody walking around, buying.

Well, we're here now, so let's get out and see.

We buy some rubbish. Well not rubbish. The best of the rubbish. Some over-engineered shopping list thing that looks more like medieval wooden machinery with a paper roll, when one can just use a notebook, but I know I can use it. Mother buys the only pretty little cloth thingy that looks like a vail, that one puts over a tray or something. The oldish woman at the store is quite unfriendly and daunted by Mother, obviously feeling like a poor sap compared to Mother. That woman does smile though when she realizes she just made a sale. Probably couldn't believe that she actually sold something.

To one side, we see an old couple standing all alone at a table, trying to sell a handful of sausage roll packages. Mother buys some and strikes up a conversation with the old lady who's just too happy to finally sell something and have a buyer to chat with.

According to her, they're here all alone because the people who are supposed to have set up stalls next to them have not arrived. Probably just stopped coming.

I ask her if she at least feels that coming here is worth it. She says it depends on what you're satisfied with. Her husband and her must at least make R200 every time to make it worth it. Note that the cost to have the stall is R100.

Mother tries to pay for the sausage rolls, but doesn't even notice that instead of a R20 and a R10, she's giving the woman a R200 and a R10. When I point it out to them, the two women laugh themselves silly. And then the old lady tries to give Mother the right change, but again they're so up in their friendly conversation that they keep forgetting what is supposed to go to whom now. Good thing I can help them.

Well anyway, after today, Mother and I are quite disappointed. We thought we had found a convenient place close by where we could sell our DVD's, but now we are not so sure.

That friendly old lady did tell us that some days are better than others, depending on how close general paydays are and whatever factors, so we don't want to decide not to come and then perhaps miss an opportunity or something, seeing as the next Saturday, the one we applied for but haven't paid for yet, is month-end when people have money.

However, Mother makes it clear that she doesn't want to look like a stupid fool, or "mamparra", sitting there for hours by a stall, where no customers whatsoever are around.




Business, Dvd, Farmers, Farmers Market, Making Money, Market, Marketing, Road Stall, Selling, Selling At Market, Stall

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I like eggs for breakfast. I live on top of a hill inside a beautiful but old dwelling complex. I like to take life in through my senses and then give feedback through my writing.

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