Well, I have no idea where to begin with how to report on Mathilda's Market in Lane Cove this weekend... so I'll just begin by saying it was a huge disappointment in so many ways. I have no idea whether I'm supposed to remain diplomatic about the whole thing, but I really couldn't care less at this stage.
Firstly, I shouldn't have been allowed to retail there, because I did not 'fit in', and yesterday was all about fitting in... about pink for girls, blue for boys, about piggy tails on dolls and not giving boys anything that resembles a doll.
The one recurring comment I heard all day was 'they're weird'. I heard a lot of 'but what is a blinky?' in a somewhat disgusted tone, and watched as one potential customer was talked out of a sale by her friend, because a blinky would un-categorically scare the baby (it was little Matthew... he's the blue and white checked one in the basket with the big polka dot ears). Oh, and did I mention the word 'freaky', I heard that quite a bit too... Lucky I have thick skin...
There were of course some really cool people there, and I met blog readers who were super enthusiastic and supportive, crafty types definitely understood what I was doing and I had some really nice conversations with other textile addicted peeps, but on the whole, it was a flop... a massive flop! The atmosphere was generally unfriendly and stuffy, figuratively and literally-- made worse by the lack of air conditioning, lack of air flow, the fact that you were not allowed to eat or drink anything inside the market-- customers were held back if they had food, and made to finish it outside-- there were lots of very pregnant stall holders looking utterly exhausted in the heat, and I have no idea how I lasted that long, let alone how they did.
I did meet some really wonderful stall holders with some really wonderful products/creations-- and Sophie (who is lovely!) was very happy to pick out her free blinky-- she picked one of the ones with the hand holder fabric. For now, I am so worn out, and have so so so so so much housework to catch up on.
Hope Monday is good to you all!