Crafty trio set out their stall for festive treasure

Founders Park to host Great Christmas Market

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 15:46 22/11/2012
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NEW VENTURE: Organisers, from front, Fleur Woods, Paula Layton and Bee "Sparkles" Oliver of The Great Christmas Market at the Granary at Founders Park.

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A trio of crafty Nelson women are preparing to unveil "treasures" with their inaugural Christmas market.

The Great Christmas Market, at the Granary at Founders Heritage Park this Sunday, is the brainchild of Fleur Woods, Bee "Sparkles" Oliver and Paula Layton.

Mrs Woods said they met through their young children, "and then realised we were all kind of crafty".

They have had stalls at the Nelson Market in the past, but wanted to sink their efforts into The Great Christmas Market from now on.

"It [the Nelson Market] was really fun. We really enjoyed it, but we found it quite hard to do with families."

Mrs Woods said The Great Christmas Market would be an annual event, starting with 40 stalls this year. The trio put the call out for stallholders via Facebook, were "inundated" with responses and had to turn people away.

"There was an incredible range of stuff from around the region. We wanted to get a really good range of items, so that people could get all their Christmas shopping done. We're thinking we might need a bigger space for next year."

Mrs Woods said items for sale this Sunday included hand-made paper stationery and children's toys, garden sculptures, ceramics, chocolate truffles and traditional country preserves.

"We feel really excited, because we uncovered people who are not regulars at the Saturday market. There are loads of stallholders who people are very unlikely to have come across, because they craft away in their spare time," she said.

"For some of them it's their first market, so we feel like we have found some treasures."

Mrs Woods said people could "bring a fat wallet full of cash and go for it", with nibbles and local wines available.

"We really hope that loads of people come and enjoy their Christmas shopping."

The market runs from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free for Nelsonians, and standard entry to Founders Heritage Park for out-of-towners. Cash is recommended.

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