Market rocks in sunny break

HELEN MURDOCH
Last updated 13:00 31/12/2013

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Richmond's brief flirtation with summer attracted shoppers in their droves to the town's annual market day.

More than 100 stallholders replaced traffic in Queen St and shoppers flooded the street yesterday looking for bargains, food, flowers and art before the raindrops again outnumbered footprints in the early afternoon and drove buyers inside.

Organised by Richmond Unlimited co-ordinator Kim Quint and helpers, the market rocked while the sun shone.

Julie Davis of Christchurch's Red Rock Hats kept customers on their toes.

"Line up. Line up. Stop fighting - there's enough for everyone. Sun hats. Rain hats and tin signs."

Davis said she travelled the country's fairs and festivals from her Christchurch base, where she had also recently opened a permanent shop.

Miro Klima had brought his selection of rich ruby Ruahine Ports down from Dannevirke for customers to try, and try they did with a line-up of tasters stretching their tastebuds around blackberry, boysenberry and black doris ports.

Appleby's Annabel Rillstone's beautiful lilies attracted attention and buyers.

"This is the first year I'm doing this as a proper business and I hope to open a shop on Lansdowne Rd at the end of January," she said.

Eszter Luca's delicate, but temporary, henna tattoos last up to a week, depending on skin type and also drew plenty of attention. "I use only natural henna," she said of her ink of choice with which she drew freestyle designs.

Quint said heavy showers before the market's opening had seen some stallholders pack up and leave before the public arrived.

However, those who stayed enjoyed a few hours of good sales before the rain returned with meaning about 1pm.

"The ones who stayed will be pleased they did. People still have money in the pockets," she said of sales during the sunny interlude. And there's a lot of tourists here, plus people know this is the only event between Christmas and New Year. And it's good to see retailers supporting the day," she said.

By 2pm most stallholders acknowledged defeat and left as the rain again became the main event.

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