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197 days ago

Stallholder portrait - Sue, Steampunk promoter

Thames Market

Steampunk the Thames 2018 may be over and done with, but group member Sue Clark keeps promoting it at the Thames Market with T-shirts and her own ceramic tiles. Now she takes it a step further and wants people to get creative at the market. Sue says, "My business ‘Art at Work’ (is) all … View moreSteampunk the Thames 2018 may be over and done with, but group member Sue Clark keeps promoting it at the Thames Market with T-shirts and her own ceramic tiles. Now she takes it a step further and wants people to get creative at the market. Sue says, "My business ‘Art at Work’ (is) all about getting groups or individuals to make work, especially people who may not get the opportunity to do anything creative. So…… the idea is to invite people to make a tile and inscribe it with their own patterns and messages from the tools available."

Sue will then fire them and arrange for the creative market visitors to get their finished product. One more reason to come down to the market on a Saturday morning ...

276 days ago

Stallholder portrait - Marion Long: Jewellery etc

Thames Market

Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants made of paua set in leather are on the stall near Chequers Café - Marion Long has a “pretty vast range of jewellery”, she says. She has always been a person interested in crafts working with polished rocks for example. Marion started making jewellery … View moreEarrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants made of paua set in leather are on the stall near Chequers Café - Marion Long has a “pretty vast range of jewellery”, she says. She has always been a person interested in crafts working with polished rocks for example. Marion started making jewellery with a view to have a stall at Thames Market once she retired. Her pieces are all genuine, self-created. “It all comes from me, it’s all me,” she laughs when asked where she gets the ideas from for her designs. “I love sparkly things, crystals and that kind of thing.” You will find all sorts of colours on her table except yellow and orange. “I do the colours I like, so you won’t find [them here] because I never wear yellow or orange.” As she lives on a farm in the Omahu Valley, jewellery enthusiasts can also stock up on walnuts, macadamia nuts, feijoas, and mandarins – even if they are orange.

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307 days ago

Stallholder portrait - Joseph, the bone carver

Thames Market

When Joseph and his family came here from Tonga ten years ago, he first worked in kiwifruit orchards, pruning, harvesting and so on. But happy he was not. He wanted to use his artistic talent and started carving – bone and wood. “Mine is pacific art”, says Siosefu as his name is spelt in … View moreWhen Joseph and his family came here from Tonga ten years ago, he first worked in kiwifruit orchards, pruning, harvesting and so on. But happy he was not. He wanted to use his artistic talent and started carving – bone and wood. “Mine is pacific art”, says Siosefu as his name is spelt in Tongan. He amalgamates Tongan and Maori themes like “a Tongan fish hook but mixed with a manaia design.” Or he inserts pieces of paua shell into a Polynesian style fish hook. Joseph/Siusefu is working hard to constantly increasing the quality of his work. “I think my talent is growing … my work is better [than] before.” And if things work out, he will open his own shop and gallery one day in this town. But for now he is still at Thames Market with his beautiful carvings.

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314 days ago

Stallholder portrait - Kevin, the Knife

Thames Market

Make do with what you’ve got and adapt – that’s Kiwi Ingenuity for you, and for Kevin who had no access to electricity on Thames Market; so he invented a simple device to sharpen knives ‘while you wait.’ Sharpening knives “was something I was good at and I thought I could provide that … View moreMake do with what you’ve got and adapt – that’s Kiwi Ingenuity for you, and for Kevin who had no access to electricity on Thames Market; so he invented a simple device to sharpen knives ‘while you wait.’ Sharpening knives “was something I was good at and I thought I could provide that as a service to the community”, he says. Kevin just loves the vibe of Thames Market, the crowds and the atmosphere. “I wanted to be part of it”. Being a sewing machine mechanic by trade, he soon added that service to his stall, too. “There’s a lack of sewing machine mechanics in the area. It’s a bit of a dying art”, he says. So on display on his table are all sorts of knives, sewing machines (some probably deserving the tag ‘vintage’), and finally scissors, which he usually takes home to a special machine. “[Everything] is quite easy with the right tools”, if you know what you are doing, that is.

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336 days ago

Stallholder portrait - Debbie's Dog Treats

Thames Market

Debbie’s stall is quite the opposite of a dog’s breakfast – all the delicacies for the town’s pooches are neatly aligned and labelled. Her love of dogs got her to find the Dog Treats she is selling on Thames Market. “I started buying seconds, things that might end up as waste but are … View moreDebbie’s stall is quite the opposite of a dog’s breakfast – all the delicacies for the town’s pooches are neatly aligned and labelled. Her love of dogs got her to find the Dog Treats she is selling on Thames Market. “I started buying seconds, things that might end up as waste but are gourmet food” for any canine. The treats, venison ears, wind pipes etc., are smoked, and dried, and packed in “fully compostable packaging, made from corn starch”. The packaging has another advantage. “If the dogs get into the cupboard to steel treats, they won’t choke” because the packaging material will just dissolve in their mouth. Debbie’s stall is a magnet for dog lovers also for another reason – her three-legged rescued dog Tessa. After an accident one front leg had to be amputated but that didn’t change Tessa’s friendly nature – she likes people and people like her. “She is quite famous and some people come especially to say hello to her”, says Debbie.

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347 days ago

Stallholder portrait

Thames Market

Each week we want to portrait one stallholder at Thames Market. This time it's Greg with his great selection of pre-loved books -
Greg’s stall embraces the corner Pahau and Pollen Streets. He has been there almost every Saturday for the last 12 years. “I used to help at markets in … View more
Each week we want to portrait one stallholder at Thames Market. This time it's Greg with his great selection of pre-loved books -
Greg’s stall embraces the corner Pahau and Pollen Streets. He has been there almost every Saturday for the last 12 years. “I used to help at markets in Auckland on book stalls”, and when he moved to Thames he decided to run his own stall. “I’m more of a non-fiction man,” he says and the wide range of factual literature on his market tables confirms this. “But I also have a ‘Penguin’ section”, which started out as a table with fiction from that famous publisher and has developed into an admirable selection of hard to find prints. He favours covers of the 1950s and later that tell a story of their own (see picture). Like other stallholders and patrons, he has noticed that ours is “the driest market” with its almost uncanny luck for fine weather. He also values the market’s social interaction and the personal contact with the customers. And if they look for a special title or subject area, be sure Greg will be able to find it.

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767 days ago

Mussel Fritter stall back at Thames Market

Thames Market

After some time without mussel fritters, we now have again a fantastic new outfit called "Firth - Tikapa Moana" at Thames Market. The gourmet mussel fritters are prepared by Nil Lockley, a UK trained chef. Nik and his family offer fritters and mussel chowder and are planning to extend … View moreAfter some time without mussel fritters, we now have again a fantastic new outfit called "Firth - Tikapa Moana" at Thames Market. The gourmet mussel fritters are prepared by Nil Lockley, a UK trained chef. Nik and his family offer fritters and mussel chowder and are planning to extend their range of mussel based delicacies. Make sure to come down early to Thames Market; they were sold out way before market closure the last two times.

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