The season is drawing to a close. How fortunate I am to have been a participant at our delightful Farmers Market these past 6 years, and on so many levels. The first year, I was selling my watercolours, I was adjacent to Breadworks artisanal bakery. I had 8 framed paintings, if I remember, and a few cards . I sold 3…and was thrilled! Mind you a lot more of me travelled back after all the delicious bread! I began this season with 100 cards and some 30 framed paintings and over 50 unframed paintings. Sales were slower than last year but my role is now much expanded at the market which compensates!
Avec les années, j’ai accepté de représenter les artisans, d’aller en chercher de nouveaux artisans locaux pour diversifier les produits offerts. Cette année une vingtaine ont choisi de me consigner leurs produits: savon, objets cousus, mitaines tricotées en laine, aimants avec motifs maritimes, verres embossés, photos de port local, bijoux fait de pierres et boucles d’oreilles d’ ailles de papillons, art ( reproductions d’encre et mes aquarelles originaux) tapis cirés, livres d’enfants et de poésie , et des oiseaux et bols taillés en bois.
Our artists provide variety in content and in price range, with soap items for $3 to my framed paintings up to $250! The array includes all the colours of the rainbow and sizes from 2″x3″ to 3’x5′. The diversity seeks to respond to the differing tastes of our customers. Make no mistake, this is no flea market. We have quality items to offer! But that which sets us apart is our venue…Cardigan’s old CN station. As we breathe new life into this wooden structure, we are ever mindful of preserving the heritage with which we are entrusted.
Nous sommes fier d’offrir une variété d’objets faits localement dans un espace unique. Plusieurs parlent au moins deux langues, facilitant l’expérience de nos clients. Nous offrons aussi à Cardigan, où on est situé, une activité qui attire les visiteurs avec des bénéfices pour tout le village. Nous sommes une organisation à but non- lucratif , dirigé par des bénévoles. Pourquoi donner tant de temps et efforts?
Each can respond to why they are involved in this organization. I have developed my people skills . Facebook has become my friend….the market has its page where I write 2-5 posts a week., providing information to our clients and serving as a marketing tool. I have learned how to operate a cash register under pressure and to problem solve as a member of the Board. In addition , I enjoy a great venue for promoting my art. Why keep giving up summer weekends in PEI to work instead of enjoying the beach? Quite simply….people. Those who volunteer alongside of me weekly are kind people who are a joy to be with, constantly coming up with novel ideas and activities for us all. The people coming through our red wooden doors are varied. These visitors bring their life stories to us . I am happy to respond to their questions about my little corner of heaven. It is a pleasure to interact with them. I have met so many people from her, from Canada and abroad.
La photo ce soir est d’un coin de mes aquarelles…j’ai aussi 2 murs dont un a uniquement des interprétations de IPÉ. Mon évolution comme artiste se voit depuis ces 6 ans. Comme je suis reconnaissante d’avoir eu cette chance.
My pink phase is on display in one photo but I have many more, including the wall of framed watercolour PEI scenes. I have evolved in content and quantity of watercolours for sale in 6 years. I have added dozens to my group of good friends. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity offered by Cardigan Farmers’ Market .
Why don’t you drop in before Labour Day?