Bridgetown Market vendors hope for strong sales
Vendors at the annual Bridgetown Market are hoping for satisfactory sales this year, as scores of patrons flocked to Spring Garden Highway for the first official day of the event.
The venue has been transformed into a colourful bazaar where the trade in commodities and displays of modern and traditional aspects of Barbadian culture, targeted locals and visitors.
And with the sounds of a Tuk Band filling the atmosphere, many of the more than 300 stall owners told Barbados TODAY that when the curtain comes down on the Crop Over season on Monday they would like to be going home with heavy pockets.
Ceramic specialist Marina Spencer said she hoped for a successful weekend where all of her products including ornaments and utensils would sell out.
“I hope I won’t have any to take back home. People view and like my things, but sometimes I don’t get them to buy them as much as I would like,” said Spencer, who has taken part in Bridgetown Market for the past four years.
It was the first time for African fashion designer Marie, who is running a stall at the National Cultural Foundation-produced event.
Showing some of her pieces of clothing which originated in Congo, Marie said while she may not receive favourable sales, she wanted to make contacts and evaluate the Barbadian public’s response to the African garbs.
“This is my first time and I don’t expect to get many sales. The contacts is what I want,” she said.
One vendor said he has a large number of plants on sale and just wanted them all to be sold out by Monday.
Jewelry maker Cindy said she just wanted to make back the money she paid for the stall, even if she did not make a profit.
“I have nice things and I hope I would get things sell (sic),” Cindy said.
Those who attended the fair quenched their thirst with a sno-cone or even alcoholic beverages. Others, could not wait to taste those Bajan delicacies including Cou-Cou and Flying Fish, fish cakes, sugar cakes and nut cakes, among other local delicacies.
Patron Jamie Stoute took her children to the street fair for the first time.
“I use to come here as a child so I figured I would introduce them to this cultural experience. So far, I like what I saw. I bought some nice plants and a few gifts as well,” Stoute told Barbados TODAY.
Bridgetown Market continues tomorrow with a Landship Display, clowns on show, a heritage parade, fashion show and Kaiso Jam, among other activities.