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Clothing Stall

clothing-stallHamish runs his colourful and extensive ladies and gents clothing stall in the Market Place along the side of Boots.

Where are you from?
Littleport.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
15 or 20 years.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Kings Lynn, Swaffham, Hunstanton (Sunday) and Sheringham (Wednesday).

What led you to running this stall?
My brother was running a stall and in 1975 I started running a stall!

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
It’s quite busy and trade goes up in summer with the holiday-makers. The customers are friendly and the Town Council are very supportive here.

What do you sell ?
Italian fashions, men’s T- shirts, jackets, coats, dresses, cardigans, skirts and tops.

D Marsh Ladies Clothing

D-Marsh-ladies-clothingDarren Marsh runs his clothing stall just outside HSBC bank. He sells mostly ladies clothes but a few for men too.

Where are you from?
Near Diss.

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

What are your opening times here?
8.30am – 3.30pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Bury St Edmunds and Saffron Walden.

What led you to running this stall?
I’ve done it all my life. My father was in manufacturing, and then went onto the markets, so I started when I left school.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The Town Council runs the market well, which a big plus – Linda (the Clerk) takes a lot of pride in her job. There’s a good- feel factor here.

What are your best selling items?
Dresses, trousers, skirts, blouses, T shirts and seasonal knitwear. Prices range from £1 to £20.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Super Sox

super-soxLaurence Whitcombe runs his well-stocked stall called Super Sox (selling a lot more than socks!) in the market area just outside Thain Wilbur, opposite Barclays Bank. He is a knowledgeable cheerful chap who will help you find just what you need.

Where are you from?
East Harling.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
One year.

What are your opening times here?
7.30am – 2pm.

What other markets do you attend?
Epping (Monday), Watton (Wed) and Wymonham (Fri).

What led you to running this stall?
I started doing this 30 years ago and just took to it.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Very friendly traders and customers. My good quality goods are really appreciated due to the lack of such things in nearby shops.

What are your best selling items?
Socks! I also sell underwear and nightwear for men and women, canvas shoes, belts, braces, pyjamas, T shirts, thermals and jogging bottoms.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Nearly New Clothing

gloria-nearly-new-clothesGloria runs her Nearly New Clothing stall with her mother in the shed on the market area between Bridge Street and Cattle Market Street. She has always loved second hand clothes and, as she says, it is fun mixing them and trying new ideas without a lot of cost.

Where are you from?
I was born in Guist and I have always lived in Norfolk.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 38 years.

What are your opening times here?
6.30am – 1pm.

What other markets do you attend?
None.

What led you to running this stall?
My family were farmers, so it did not come from them! A friend of mine used to sell vintage clothing on a stall here, and I used to do lots of patchwork and sewing which I sold on her stall, and then as my children grew I started selling my baby clothes….and it went on from there.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
Down to earth friendly people. It’s a really good market, and it makes a good place to shop with the auction and all the town shops too. Nowadays with carboot sales, the internet and charity shops, I have less customers than when I first started but it is still doing well.

What do you sell ?
Modern nearly new clothes for all ages from children upwards.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

Louise Fashions

louise-fashionsLouise Fashions is run by a husband and wife team who sell very affordable, stylish and comfortable ladies clothes and scarves.

Where are you from?
Essex.

How long have you been at Fakenham Market?
About 4 years.

What are your opening times here?
8am – to around 1pm or 2pm. Our stall is very weather dependent, so we are not here in rain or high winds.

What other markets do you attend?
Bury St Edmunds Wednesday and Saturday markets.

What led you to running this stall?
We both used to drive lorries….and then started selling clothes and bags. Louise has a good eye for attractive styles and sometimes travels abroad to Italy to source the clothing for sale here.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
I love the people – they are so friendly and the other traders are helpful. It’s a pleasure to come here and we have lots of regular customers.

What do you sell?
French and Italian ladies clothes mostly in blues, white, grey and mocha. Fabrics are mainly cotton and linen in summer and more of a mix in winter. Prices start with scarves at £6 each and all items are very reasonable for the quality.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield