On the weekend I attended Made With Love Market Bazaar for the first and last time this year. At present I still own the market but I have had managers running it for the past 12 months. When I finished my teaching degree I knew I wanted to get a full time job teaching...which I did.. and knew I wouldn't have time to run the market for 2014. I then proceeded to get knocked up just as the contract for Made With Love was being signed. Talk about good timing.
With the birth of my son 14 weeks ago this was the first time I had ventured 'out' alone for more than an hour. Even though the little man was bought down for a feed mid market I felt 'JUST ME' for the morning.
I was keen to show off some of my new sewing (oh... I should blog about that) but I also wanted to set up our annual Vintage Christmas Grotto and take some lovely Christmas pictures for families. No Santa in our photos either. Lets be honest, the big guy scares the crap out of most small children.
I am on the verge of selling the market (for reals) and this will be my last market as 'owner' but probably not as a 'stall holder'. Owning and building the market has been 4 years of ups and downs. It does seem weird to be selling it as everything is set up, equipment purchased and reputation earned. However I am burned out, doing the majority of the work by myself and it has lead me to not wanting the responsibility anymore. At the very least I now know someone else will love what was created and she will live on rather than die an unattended death.
The market was always the second step in my grand plan for creating culture in our region. The first was the development of ArtsCape and using it to provide a home for the arts in town. I feel that the first two steps have succeded. The first (ArtsCape) has been handed over successfully to the community and is now run by a very efficient committee. The second (Made with Love) is about to be handed over to new enthusuastic owners.
One provides the home, the second provides the outlet/retail and the third ...oh yes... the third step will provide the education. We are really hoping to have the third step launched later this week. I'm sure I'll rant about it soon in detail but feel free to follow along HERE for now.
I don't think there is a fourth step...well not yet anyway.