Archive for Fakenham Market – Page 2

Bric-a-Brac

bric-a-bracThis longstanding Bric-a-Brac stall trades on the market area on the left as you walk in from Bridge Street. There are many others too on this section of the market, making it well worth a wander round to find some unexpected bargains and nostalgic items from the past.

Where are you from?
North Norfolk.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
40 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2pm in dry weather.

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
I’ve always been a collector and running this stall was easy to do when bringing up children.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The camaraderie, friendly traders, a really good mix of stalls. I do love it. It’s a unique market, I don’t know of another like it now in North Norfolk.

What are your best selling items?
Crockery collectables, vintage cutlery, bric-a-brac, ornaments, kitchenware.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Handbags

handbagsJonny George runs his Handbags stall in the market area just outside Boots.

Where are you from?
Fakenham.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
This stall has been here 7 years, and I took over from Kevin last year.

What are your opening times here?
8am – 3pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Swaffham, Diss and Watton.

What led you to running this stall?
I was looking for a change, after being in the hospitality trade for 30 years, and Kevin was retiring…

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I’ve always liked Fakenham Market – it’s certainly the best in the area, very vibrant with the auction as well, gives it a nice feel.

What do you sell ?
Handbags, purses, wallets, rucksacks, shopping trolleys, luggage. Prices from £3 for a travel card holder up to £48 for leather handbags.

J&H Shoes

shoe-stallJames Manning runs the J & H Shoes stall on the market area just in front of Argos.

Where are you from?
Bury St Edmunds.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
My Dad was here for 15 years, then there was short break, while someone else had a stall here, and now I have been here for about 6 months.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Bury St Edmunds, Diss and St Ives.

What led you to running this stall?
It was handed down to me, I just took over from my parents.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s just a lovely laidback open market. Great auction rooms bring people into the market. Just nice people in general.

What do you sell ?
Men’s and Ladies’ Footwear – shoes, sandals, slippers and boots.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Petals and Pots

petals-and-potsSharon and Kate run their Petals and Pots stall either in the Market Place or in the street nearby. There’s always a colourful array of tasteful items to enjoy a browse round each week.

Where are you from?
Dereham.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
6 weeks.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 1.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
None – we do fetes and festivals where we sell plants too.

What led you to running this stall?
It started as a hobby about 2 years ago, selling flowers and plants at fetes and went on from there.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s really friendly, lovely atmosphere with very helpful stallholders.

What do you sell ?
Homemade garden boxes, planters, up-cycled small furniture items – an ever-changing assortment of attractive items for home and garden.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Norfolk Soulcraft

norfolk-soulcraftCraig Chilvers, one of the younger market traders, runs his Norfolk Soulcraft stall on the market area in front of Argos, towards the edge of White Horse Street. His long stall is brim-full of lovingly hand made wooden items, ideal for a unique gift for yourself or others.

Where are you from?
Syderstone.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 8 months.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 2pm in dry weather.

What other markets do you attend?Apart from this market I mainly sell at Craft Fairs and also from my Facebook page.

What led you to running this stall?
I have been making all my life.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?The people really. People look out for each other – it’s nice.

What do you sell ?
Handcrafted wooden items, bowls, shelves, up-cycled furniture, pestle & mortar, toy trains, coat racks, wooden ornaments, whatever I can make!

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Heather’s Wool and Haberdashery

heathers-wool-haberdasheryHeather’s Wool and Haberdashery stall is run on the market area in front of Argos, her stall is towards the edge of White Horse Street. She stocks plenty of goods for keen knitters and crochet enthusiasts.

Where are you from?
Kings Lynn.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
42 years.

What are your opening times here?
7am – 1pm in dry weather.

What other markets do you attend?
None, I am semi-retired now.

What led you to running this stall?
Popular demand! I used to sell bric-a-brac but I have done this since 2002, as a lot of wool shops were closing. I did shop and factory work when I was younger, then when I started on the market in Lynn, you had to buy your own pitch – it was so popular. Things are quite a bit different now.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The friendly atmosphere.

What are your best selling items?
Crochet hooks, knitting wool, knitting patterns, toy filling, ribbons, elastic and sewing thread.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield