Behind the handmade markets
MARKETS in the Mountains is a long-time favourite event for locals and tourists - it began 27 years ago.
The markets have one rule, everything must be handmade.
But what goes into preparing a stall for the monthly event? The Border Post spoke to market regulars to find out.
Peter and Sue Ingall are among the longest sellers at the market, having help found them.
Mr Ingall specialises in metalwork and Mrs Ingall sells candles and quilts.
The quilts can take up to a whole day, and Mr Ingall's "droughtproof flowers” take between an hour and a day to complete.
Kasia Tatar, who is the market organiser, has sold fine jewellery at her stall Pearl Lumen Jewels for five years. Items can take from one hour to a day to make. Her favourite items among what she sells are the rings.
"I buy the stones that are my favourite then make them,” she said.
Coral Arahe specialises in succulents - an ideal type of plant for dry conditions. She suggested chain of hearts or snake plant as good plants to have at the moment.
Graham Schreiber is a local artist who's been selling for a year. It can take him between a couple of hours to weeks to complete a painting. Buyers "like the little wren pictures,” he said.
Rose Magnoli makes reversible hats at her stall Shady Tops.
She's been selling them for 16 months and can't pick a favourite. Each hat takes two hours to make.