Car boot boost for Shannon
Shannon residents are opening their car boots to persuade other cars to stop.
The first car boot market in the car park of the Shannon Railway Station will take place on Sunday from 8am to 1pm after it was given Horowhenua District Council backing.
The market will run for 25 Sundays, same time and same place each week through until the end of March, with places available for 25 stalls at $10 each.
The person who came up with the idea, Terrace Deli and Dairy caterer Rebecca Noaro, said the market could be a boon for the town.
"I have so many visitors to Shannon calling into the store and saying they're pleasantly surprised with what they've discovered in Shannon.
"The trick is getting people to stop. I think a market will add another dimension and hopefully make the high traffic flow a bit curious.
"People look for Sunday drive destinations, and I think now we're definitely one of those places."
A market had been tried before down the road but was too muddy to be successful, Ms Noaro said. Having it in the car park was the best location.
"We have this unique little train station, a fantastic facility right there with gorgeous gardens around it. All this work has been put into that area so we may as well use it as best we can."
Ms Noaro said local charities could sign up to benefit from the entry fees to the market.
"They can take on the organisation of a single day and will receive the proceeds of that for the day they do it.
"That will help encourage them to promote the market for their day and the best thing is that our local people immediately benefit."
She said the community was excited about the prospect of a market and wanted to showcase their town.
"Sometimes we've got a bit of a low self-esteem in this town and this is all about increasing it.
"I was just in England and every little town there does their little market and it's really cool.
"I've had such great feedback and there's been so many people coming in to the store saying that they normally take their wares to other towns and they're delighted they'll have the opportunity to do it in their hometown."
Ms Noaro said the promotion of it as a car boot market was to differentiate it from a farmers' market.
"While there will be local produce with eggs and things, at this stage it's in such small amounts that people might be disappointed if they travelled for it."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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