Archive for fakenham – Page 2

Tony’s Discount Stall

tonys-discountTony’s Discount stall is a longstanding popular destination for market shoppers, whether it be looking for bargain priced foods for everyday use or reduced boxes of chocolates for Christmas. You can always hear Tony calling out his wares from his stall just outside HSBC bank.

Where are you from?
Norwich.

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

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

What other markets do you attend?
Diss, Aylsham, Bury St Edmunds, North Walsham, and Wymondham.

What led you to running this stall?
I started when I was 18 – 20 years old and had always wanted to do this. It’s a hard job but I love it.

What do you like about coming to Fakenham Market?
The people are lovely. Personally I think it could do with more free parking – it would help the market.

What do you sell ?
All kinds of food products – cake, nuts, pasta, cheese, biscuits, coffee, meat and more.

Interview by Dawn Wakefield

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.

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

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