Cape Town open markets and my take
In the old days, informal Cape Town Markets were originally called Flea Markets and there are still some around. The idea was to sell unwanted or used items for low prices. Bargain hunters often find the very thing that they need or want for nearly next to nothing. Another type of market is the farmers market where fresh produce is made available. The tagline is ‘from the farm to the table’ cutting out the middle man which means better value for the consumer or end user. The open market is based on the idea that when similar genres of goods are for sale in one place, more buyers will be attracted, which augments the chances of a sale. Vendors love the idea that they have a fighting chance to sell. With open markets on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, vendors often hold on to their day-jobs while building their sideline. Successful sidelines often lead to a lucrative enterprise.
Marina Da Gama, Cape Town Market
A friend who wanted to sell her homemade spicy sauces and vegetables mentioned this market in Marina Da Gama to us. Within minutes I placed a call to a lady by the name of Carol also known as Caz. The aforementioned greeted me with the pleasant tone of Jim Carrey in the Truman Show. I formed a mental picture of Caz in my mind to match the tone, choice of words and warmheartedness. Within a very short while Lorette, my wife, and I were booked to display our organic dark chocolate at the craft market of Marina Da Gama, Cape Town. Rush, Rush, two days to go, we prepared the equipment and products to stand out. Incidentally, it happened to be World Chocolate Day on 7 July 2018. We were set to go kaaa-chingggg!
Saturday 7 July, World Chocolate Day
Bright and early we rolled up to the Marina Da Gama Craft Market armed to the teeth with table, icebox, enticing printed matter and of course our delicious homemade organic dark chocolate in our new packaging. There was Caz at the locked gate of the community hall waiting for a key. I recognized her immediately from the picture I had formed of her in my head. I must admit that I was a little confused for there was another who matched the picture. It turned out to be her sister. Not bad, I silently congratulated myself…another sideline? Guess what people look like by the sound of their voice? No… stick with chocolate, its the food of the gods!
It’s Social, Fun and One can make some money
Carole aka Caz assigned a spot for us right next to a greeting card making lady and
her mom. It was also a fun-hat day. Moi meme donned a funny looking dome decorated with skulls that had a ‘pirate’ feel. I enticed our neighbors to taste our chocolate. As a result, card-lady who is quite a card herself informed us of similar once-a-month markets. To our left was a Shiatsu healing station. Sit in the chair and get your knots kneaded Japanese style. Lorette got a free demonstration which she is still happy about. Our community hall by the lake was flooded with good-vibrations and cheerful vendors. Judging by the crazy hats, it might have been thought of as Marina da Drama. One lady came with a dog. Dogs are not allowed so I kept the little K9 on a leash while his owner bought some of our delicious chocolate. Was that a win-win or what? Another, with observant eyes and a Medusa hat, told of her handy husband who makes plant hangers. She won the mad-hat competition. This is not the mythical flying female human but she was elated to win. The 4 hours sped by as passersby popped in, bought, smiled and carried on to enjoy the rest of their Saturday. At 1pm we packed up, said our goodbyes to realize that strangers had become friends in 4 short hours. On the 1st week of August, the chocolate couple from Up Close will be back!
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