Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sunday Selections #253

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.   This week I am taking you to the Old Bus Depot Markets.  Proof that I do (occasionally) go out to places where there are people.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are, as their name suggests held in the the old bus depot, and have been a Sunday feature for well over twenty years.  They are very hot in summer, and equally cold in winter.  They are also almost always crowded.  The focus is on regional work - by artisans and growers.  There is fresh fruit, bread, chutneys, plants, pottery, jewellery, clothing and a lot more beside.  You can spend a little, or spend a lot.  Someone with more will power than I can muster could probably just enjoy the wander and spend nothing.



 Quirky metal animals.  





I would really like one of these water features - but they come into the 'spend a lot' category and I have been resisting them for years.




Scented soy candles.



Some of the leather handbags were beautiful.  Very soft too.



The 'Starving Artist' is here most weeks.  I have never seen anyone buy his work, so perhaps he is indeed starving.  They aren't very dear either.


The lower level is mainly (but not exclusively) food and plants.


And people like this artist who sells her paintings and also makes coasters, fridge magnets and book marks.
  There is often music too.

The area used to be decidedly down-market but over the last few years some very expensive apartments have been built nearby.  The ones which overlook the lake could be lovely, but I don't think I would pay nearly a million to look down at a car park...



  I like the markets though and, since I don't have a million to spend on an apartment it might be sour grapes speaking.

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  1. Ooh . . . I'd love to have some of those candles.

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    1. Lon Anderson: I weakened and bought a few. They have a lovely soft light.

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    3. And no paraffin? I've heard that it's bad, I don't know.

      I'd love soy candles.

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    4. neena maiya (guyana gyal): I like them too. And less chemicals is almost always a plus.

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    5. I heard that candles made out of soy have a lot longer burning span.

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    6. Lon Anderson: I have heard that too.

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  2. I like to wander through markets like that. We don't have them here, except a farmers market once a week in the summer over in Corvallis. I used to go there every week, but population increase has meant massive traffic tie ups and I don't go anymore, knowing I won't find a place to park. I can see why that artist is starving. He or she might want to try a new venture.

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    1. Strayer: Some of the Starving Artist's work I don't like, and some I do. I suspect that he does have another job. The number of artists/writers/creative people who can survive on their art alone is small. Very small.

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  3. These markets are nice for us wanderers and lookers. They are hard to make a real living, as people come to look and pass the time. It's not easy to move onto upscale shows, and not everyone wants too, either. Some of the art is excellent.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Some of the art (in a range of mediums) is incredible. I gather that the organisers are fussy about who gets a stall, and mostly the quality is very high. I doubt that anyone makes enough to keep the wolf from the door though.

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    2. I think most people don't remember to buy gifts here for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. They tend to resort to the shopping malls when they could easily buy a lovely, unique handmade present right here.

      It's also about marketing...if it's well done, people would shop here.

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    3. neena maiya (guyana gyal): The markets have been running for well over twenty years now. They are marketed well, and some people (me included) do a LOT of our gift shopping here.

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  4. Looking out on a car park? That does sound a little crazy to spend that much on an apartment. It would have to rotate 360 degrees for me. Couldn't afford it anyway.

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    1. donna baker: I can't afford it either. And even if I had a water view from the other side, I would hate the car park view.

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  5. I'm in love with the metal animals EC, and the pretty markets, I love all of them.

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    1. He just said everything I was going to!!

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    2. Bob Bushell and fishducky: They really are a lovely place to spend a few hours (and dollars).

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  6. I love those water features too. They are so beautifully soothing, but I've never been inclined towards the spend-alot either.
    Take good care, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Water is such a benison, moving or still. These water features are works of art, and no two are the same. I really enjoy looking at them. And so far have not succumbed.

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  7. Nope! No fancy-dancy apartment for me, either.

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    1. dinahmow: I am not in the slightest surprised. No garden (other than containers on the veranda) either.

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  8. Hi EC...I'm with you re the apartments with a view of the car park...I don't have a million dollars...and it's not sour grapes but I wouldn't be spending a million dollars on one of those apartments even if I did have the money.

    The first Sunday of each month markets are held at the showgrounds just across the way from here here I live; and there's one on every other Sunday at one of the local school grounds, but I've not paid either one of them a visit in years. There's nothing I need or want (other than that million dollars) ...I'd be better off having my own garage sale after doing a de-clutter and than adding to what I've already got! :)

    I'm a bore...I prefer to spend my Sunday mornings quietly reading the paper...sipping on a coffee...being bossed around by Remy and Shama.

    Have a wonderful week, EC...cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: I am happy to wander through markets (and love those with book stalls) but I am essentially a home body. A cat ruled home body. Sound familiar?

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    2. Yep...very familiar! Crowds are not my favourite people! ;)

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  9. I like to walk and watch in market place. But it has to remember not to buy nothing, or only a little :)
    I give you a lots of rain - you hoped it - puuuuh.. here it comes.
    Have a nice sunday (we live here still in saturday)
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Thank you for the rain. I do hope it lands. And a happy weekend (all of it) to you.

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    2. No rain coming your way just yet, we have 41C predicted for today.

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    3. River: 41? Eeeeuw. The weather boffins are talking showers next week. I will believe it when and if it hits the ground.

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  10. Wow, wow and another wow! :-) Loved this post. This is what I call proper local power.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: A local market, where I believe everything is hand made. Bliss. And beauty.

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  11. Always good to see a building like the Bus Depot used for a new purpose. I love strolling around markets like that, and I'm often tempted to spend, but usually manage to stop myself in time. But Have often investigated the way something is made, and gone home and tried it myself!

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    1. Shammickite: I often do buy there, but small things. And it is a lovely place to go shopping for gifts. You have much more talent that I do, I look but cannot recreate.

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  12. I can see why the starving artist is starving. But I do like the bird prints. It is fun to look at these markets. I just got a flyer in the mail for a Xmas market nearby but the flyer looks like it was done by a 7 year old. It might be a sign of what the crafts will be like.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I like some (but not all) of the Starving Artist's work. Not enough to live with it though. The bird prints are lovely. There is a lot of fused glass work too, which I always enjoy. Perhaps the flyer was done as a gimmick? I assume you are going...

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  13. What a delightful place. You should reconsider buying a work by the "starving artist". I see raw talent there and someday his work may fetch millions! ha ha ha ha I would also have a backyard full of those little metal animals I fear. No self control when it comes to things that make me smile! thanks for sharing this place with us all!

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    1. Mohave Rat: The metal animals are fun aren't they? There were a few metal workers there this time, and I liked a lot of what they did. I resisted though. It is books and plants I cannot walk past..

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  14. My willpower goes right out the window in places like that.
    Of COURSE I need a quirky metal animal, then get it home and wonder what I was thinking. But still so much fun to visit, a nice change from traditional stores.

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    1. Marty Damon: I hear you. I am pretty good at resisting at the markets - which is just as well. And in more traditional stores (except for books and plants) I have almost total sales resistance. My failings with books and plants are epic though.

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  15. I'd love to go wandering there! I could ignore the people. Some of the outdoor markets in California are like that. The metal sculpture animals are awesome! I'm afraid I'd buy too many of those and have nowhere to walk around. And no apartment is worth that kind of money.

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    1. River Fairchild: I ignored the people quite successfully. Except for the artists, who I chatted with happily.
      Sadly, far too many apartments DO fetch those sort of prices. Which I think is weird.

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  16. We have the metal animals at shows here also. Two of my sisters do shows also. Nort at the artisan level though. One makes soft sculptures. Snowmen, Santas, etc. She sells out at almost every show. She has her followers. The other one makes Fancy Barbie Doll clothes, arm chair pockets and scrunches. I use to go to a lot of shows, but everything looks the same now. The artisian ones are to rich for my blood. That apartment building. OMG. I can't imagine people actually paying that much for a place without a yard of your own. etc. But then again we have a few apartments on the river here that are very expensive. And most don't even face the water. But you do get a boat slip.

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    1. Teresa Hennes: I would love to see your sisters' work. These markets are good in that the price range is so wide. There are stalls which sell things for a couple of dollars and those where the price range is in the hundreds. Something for most people.
      I too need (or want) a yard.

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  17. We occasionally have similar markets nearby... and during our summer we have a lovely farmer's market every Saturday. I do my best not to take money when we visit, lol.

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    1. Jacquelineand...: Nice to see you in the blogosphere. I hope things are better on the home/health front.
      Our farmer's markets fun the year round - and I love them. A definite trap. Add food to the things I have no sales resistance to. Fresh food anyway.

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  18. I wouldn't anyway, but definitely wouldn't want to sped that kind of money and have a parking lot as my view...how crazy! Those metal sculptures are neat.

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: There are lots of facilities nearby - but no, not for me. They get no shortage of takers when they come on the market though. And are building more. Some of which will have the parking lot or other apartments to gaze at...

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: A smorgasboard of talent, of colour and of diversity.

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  20. Who lives in these millions of apartments in ACT? I rather like the small framed animal pictures.

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    1. Andrew: Some of the politicians have bought units here. It is very close to Parliament House and the fleshpots of Kingston and Manuka. Double income, no kids and retirees make up most of the rest I think. But that is a guess.
      I liked those framed pictures too. The woman and her daughter running the stall drew/painted them, and her husband framed them. They weren't dear either.

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  21. Dear EC
    A treasure trove of goodies and some look very hard to resist! You never know just what you might find. Thanks for sharing your visit.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Some very hard to resist indeed. Some stalls have been there regularly for as long as I can remember and others come and go. I often pick up some wonderful sourdough bread (made by the bread nerds) there. And plants.

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  22. I do love markets and this one reminds me a lot of the Fisherman's Market here in Port Adelaide. I should go again soon. There is no way on earth I would pay that much for an apartment that overlooks a carpark, not even if I could afford one.

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    1. River: I thought it was a bizarre way to spend more money than I will ever see too. Location is everything I suppose. Not for me it isn't.
      I like markets too, and this is one of the better ones. Himself likes the trash n treasure, but I think the treasure is heavily out weighed by the trash.

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  23. That's a really nice market. Local ones here sell really cheap and cheesy items. I'd probably spend money at yours.

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    1. Alex J Cavanaugh: Lots of our markets are cheap and cheesy too. Easy not to spend money at. This one is different - and I suspect there would be things for you to lust after.

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  24. Your world is rich! <3



    Warm ALOHA,
    ComfortSpiral

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    (='.'=)
    (")_('')

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    1. Cloudia: As is yours. Which is wonderful.

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  25. what a wonderful location for the sale, love that building.

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    1. Linda Starr: I am always happy to see thing used rather than left to decay - or being torn down.

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  26. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures of your day exploring. I would love to sift through the bus depot, but will power is always an issue when you have treasures everywhere!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: My will power is frequently stretched at those particular markets. So far by the cheaper items, but some of the more expensive ones (like the water features) have tested my resolve.

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  27. We both had our Farmers' Market posts today! This is bigger than ours at this time of year, but they are both interesting and fun. I agree with you about those apartments. :-)

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    1. DJan: These aren't strictly speaking Farmer's Markets, though they are similar. And yes, interesting and fun is the perfect description.

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  28. Hi EC. My husband would be right at home here. I love how there are so many great markets around these days. Just returned from Melbourne and foolishly arrived at the Queen Victoria Markets just on closing time. Next time a bit more attention to detail! :-)

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    1. Denise Covey: I do love a good market. I can remember spending nearly eight hours at one in Argentina. And could have spent longer.

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  29. There certainly is a lot to see at that markets and the handbags looked ery nice. Yes, people could be tempted to spend a fortune there.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: The handbags are lovely, but so is the silk, lots of the jewellery and rather a lot of other things. Lots and lots of temptation.

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  30. As I'm often on the "other" side of a market table, I like to see things from a visitors view like this.
    That fountain is gorgeous. Wouldn't mind one myself.
    I really like the artist's moniker "starving artist". Clever.
    And, hypothetically speaking, if I had a million $, there's no way in hell I'd buy an apartment overlooking a car park either.

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    1. Vicki: I had forgotten that I would be showing you and unusual perspective...
      The fountain is a mid-sized one. They have bigger ones (which I also love) and a few smaller ones. And no two are the same. They make wall sconces too - also beautiful.
      Starving Artist is clever isn't it? And memorable.
      Nice to know that I am not alone in thinking a million to look at a car park is obsessive.

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  31. Thanks for the virtual tour. Half of me thinks, "what fun!"... and the sour half thinks "OMG -- that's a hell of a walk in extreme weather!" But I would love to get to see the art and related things. I enjoyed this colorful view... and your commentary...!

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Lovely to see you here. You are right. It is fun, and it is also a hellish walk. Particularly in the sweaty season.

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    2. I would NOT want to do that in the summer, no matter how good the art and entertainment! Agh!

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    3. Paper Chipmunk. A metal room, too many people and no cooling make summer visits to the markets more than a little challenging. There is no shade in the carparks either.

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  32. Hi EC - what fun .. and there's lots of space in the market ... I guess there should be if it was a bus depot! Love the ideas you've shown us ... and as you say, spend or not ... or drool and wish ... Someday perhaps the fountain will come your way? Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I don't think the fountain will come to live with me - which is fine. I love looking at it where it is, and imagining the sort of home it could grace.
      Speaking of gracing the home: Himself bought a poster of the Van Gogh that you introduced to me (and therefore him).

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  33. Looks an interesting market with lots of things to temp us to purchase.
    I'm not into markets, guess that's because we don't have large ones here.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Markets are a very individual taste. I think one at least of my brothers would rather go to the dentist than a market. And himself prefers third world markets or trash n treasure ones to the artisan markets.

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  34. Thank you for sharing your wander around the markets with us. That blue painting by the Starving Artist rather took my eye. Beautiful colour.
    I wish there was a place like that here. We do have a markets in Spearwood but the parking is not good and I can't walk far enough to get there. I do miss doing that type of thing but have enjoyed wandering with you.

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    1. Mimsie: I am happy to take you along. My walking days are numbered too.

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  35. I love art. And I wish I knew how to weld (I guess) so that I could create metal sculpture. My favorite.

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    1. T. Powell Coltrin: I love art too. I am seriously lacking in both the imagination and the technical side, so have to content myself with looking.

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  36. Such a big place of goodies!!! Lots of similar things here right now for the Christmas shopping folks.

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    1. Bookie: This market runs all year round, though they are open longer and probably have a few more stalls at Christmas. Always worth a visit.

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  37. I love to wander markets like that with anything handmade, but I always feel I should buy something, and there is so much to be bought ... so I try to avoid them. I sell what I make at our craft group's sale (mostly sewn items, upcycling material from old clothing, buttons, zippers, etc) and find in general that most sales come from the smaller, cheaper items. I do it for the love of creating, not to get rich, that's for sure.

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    1. jenny_o: I think that any artist who goes into it for the money is doomed to disappointment. Like writers the vast majority need a full time job and/or a private income. Hand made always stirs me though - so much more than mass produced.

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  38. This is my kind of place, I would love to browse around here and I enjoyed your photos. Thanks EC.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I have often spent hours browsing here. Sometimes I buy, sometimes not.

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  39. Oh what fun. And the water feature is so beautiful and delicate.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The water feature does look delicate doesn't it? The lily pads are made of metal so it is stronger than it looks. Beautiful though. And if ever I get a pond I will weaken...

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  40. Thanks for these. They allowed me to go shopping without spending. We have a Farmer's Market every Saturday morning which is much like this. However, I couldn't get away without spending a little here. Wish I could visit your market. It looks fun.

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    1. Myrna R.: It is fun. Lots of fun - whatever the time of year or state of my wallet.

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  41. I missed this yesterday - what a cool market to visit. I love wandering around places like this, and miss the opportunity to do so - yet another disadvantage of living in a small rural centre.
    At least I could share vicariously through your pictures!

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    1. Alexia: I loved living in a small rural centre and miss it, but yes, there are some things I would miss. I am very happy to share our markets with you.

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  42. The market looks like fun. So interesting to see what is being sold- and such an assortment too! I can't imagine paying that much on apartment- but I know there are many, many people in this world with a lot more money than me. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: There is an incredible range of products on sale there. Crafts I know, and some that are new. A million dollar price tage is well out of my price range too - which is fine.

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  43. I would definitely go for the sourdough bread, but the scented candles -- not for me. The chemicals that make the scent make me very sick. The place looks very inviting. We have lots of home made, hand made items for sale here in the western NC mountain region where I live. Many crafts people and local farmers. We can get meat straight from the farm, goat cheese from the goat farm down the road, and many kinds of hand made items. Love the pictures in this post.

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    1. Glenda C. Beall: I am sensitive to a number of scents too. Particularly manufactured ones. I can't for example go into shops selling incense, so I fully understand your difficulties. The bread nerds do excellent sourdough. I am particularly fond of the one with olives but the rye and the fruit ones are also good.

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  44. I love pottering around places like that.

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  45. Lots of interesting things here - what would we do without markets?

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    1. lynners: I hope not to find out. There is usually an excellent second hand book stall too.

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  46. Now I've been to two markets this year, one last weekend and now yours, I'm not much of a shopper but prefer markets to malls (I haven't been to any malls this year). I like seeing things that are handmade, and meeting the crafts people, their skill and enthusiasm is inspiring. I especially like that water feature and would be very tempted if it wasn't too dear, although the plumber in the extended family hates them as he hears the sounds and thinks there's a pipe somewhere that needs fixing.

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    1. Kim: There are lots of photographers at this market too. Some with incredible work. Handmade trumps mass produced every time for me. I am a bit jealous about the plumber in your family, and chuckling at his reaction to water features. He would find it very difficult to live with a fish tank too.

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  47. What lovely markets! I'm off to two Christmas markets this weekend, very excited!

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    1. Claire: I hope your markets are wonderful.

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  48. Lovely and interesting!!! I love everything that you post.

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    1. Sonya Ann: You are a shameless flatterer. And thank you for that.

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  49. I could spend an easy Sunday wandering through those markets. I love doing that kind of thing.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: I am too. When malls are concerned I have almost total sales resistance. Not for markets. At all.

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  50. What a great thing to do with an old bus depot! I love markets like this and went to one in Minneapolis on Saturday morning. To see local artists selling their pieces is just so much fun.

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: I am always amazed by just how much talent (and industry) there is about. And love seeing it.

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  51. No sour grapes from you, I know. Your eyes are looking in a different direction.

    Fabric delight! I could linger a while there.

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    1. Susan Kane: I can be guilty of sour grapes but not, I think, on the question of money. There is often a stall selling antique Japanese fabric (from kimonos and the like) which I am sure you would love.

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  52. I like to roam the markets too. Like you though, I don't have a lot of will power to leave empty handed. ;)

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    1. mail4rosey: I usually buy something, but it isn't an expensive something.

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  53. I do like markets - nice to find something not found in the run-of-the-mill shops... Lovely shots!

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    1. ladyfi: I like markets for that reason too.

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  54. Such fun!!
    I want that BIG Lion picture!

    xxx kiss from Duluth.

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    1. My Inner Chick: She is talented isn't she? I wanted rather a lot of her work. Hugs.

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  55. What a cool place full of mystery and intrigue. Its always fun exploring these places with friends and making new ones.

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    1. Spacerguy: It is always a happy place too. People enjoying the day, the sights, each other...

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  56. I'd need more money to go to a place like that. So many things caught my eye. :)

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    1. Cherie Reich: Oh yes, I am familiar with that problem. Fortunately a lot of the things I love are not pricey.

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  57. The metal animals are a hoot:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Aren't they great? And there were a lot more than I didn't capture in the photo.

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  58. I love little markets like this! Those metal animals are so neat! I'd be hard-pressed not to get one! Man, those garden fountain things are pretty. I get why you'd like one. :)

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    1. Madilyn Quinn: I still lust after a fountain. A medium sized one. At least. Which almost certainly won't be a happening thing anytime soon.

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  59. I enjoyed your stroll through the markets. I'd be a sucker for the quirky metal animals and such. And water features - I'd covet one. Look but don't touch indeed. Very fun!

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    1. Joanne: Those water features are truly lovely. They usually have one set up too - and the gurgle is enchanting. I am a sucker for quirky where ever I find it.

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  60. I would love to walk through that market with you - that's one of my favorite things to do.

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    1. Lynn: And I would love to walk through these markets with you and rather a lot of bloggers. We would have a ball.

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  61. Thanks for taking me on a walk through the market with your lens. It looks so festive and fun! A good respite from our frozen, blustery weather out here.

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    1. John Wiswell: Here in the sweaty season, I am envious of your cold. We have blustery, but it is a hot and dry bluster. I am glad you enjoyed the walk though.

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  62. A million dollars. My goodness. That's a healthy chunk of change for an apartment.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The penthouse apartments are probably more. I would call it an unhealthy chunk.

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    2. Jeez Oh Pete. Way too much. Unhealthy is most appropriate.

      The market looks like a great place to Christmas shop.

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    3. Sandra Cox: Those markets are one of favourite places for gift shopping. Whatever the occasion or time of the year.

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  63. Now that's how I like to spend an our or two. what a great use of an old building and especially as local artists are featured. I rather like the metal animals!

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  64. That looks like a fantastic place to visit. Just the kinda place I enjoy spending time. But I'm rather cheap...oops, I mean "frugal"... so I probably wouldn't buy much of anything. No matter where we go, I'm perfectly happy just browsing.

    And a million bucks for an apartment??? That kinda cost wouldn't work for me, even if it featured the most scenic view in the world, was self-cleaning, did the laundry and ironing, and the kitchen prepared gourmet meals all by itself... and did the dishes afterwards.

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    1. Susan: I too am on the cheap side. Except for gifts. So it is a perfect place for me to wander. How I would love a self-cleaning home. The cats are the only thing here which can be described that way. And they need rather a lot of cleaning up after...

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  65. I love wandering through good markets. This one looks very artistic and homemade, rather than the cheapo ones that we get down here.

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    1. CountryMum: We have plenty of the el cheapo markets too. Which is why these are special. The organisers insist on quality, and it shows.

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  66. Hi Sue,

    And now you can scroll all the way down here, yes here, to finally see one of my um, highly cherished comments...

    Fascinating photos of the Old Bus Depot Markets. I know you can pick up all sorts of things at markets. I could use so candles.

    Take care,

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, I would happily scroll a lot further than this to receive one of your cherished comments.
      I hope you are doing better on the health front.

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  67. I am always attracted to markets and the one in your Old Bus Depot looks like a winner – such an array of lovely things and I am sure the food must be yummy too. I enjoyed your pictures very much.

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    1. Vagabonde: These are excellent markets - and you are right about the food. There is a stall there selling Ethiopian food, and the bean curry in particular, is well worth the trip.
      I am glad you enjoyed it, and will post some more photos of the market at some stage.

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  68. I have no willpower to wander around and buy nothing ;)

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    1. Riot Kitty: It depends what is on offer. Clothes/shoes I can walk straight past. Books? Fail. Plants ditto.

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