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River Club Boutique Market

The River Club Boutique Market in Observatory is relatively new on the market scene in Cape Town but, after our first experience of it yesterday, we think it’s destined for longevity.

Organised by the lovely young gorgeous blonde Daisy (argh), who must have the patience of an ant-eater, there was a fabulous mix of stands, everything went smoothly (as far as we could tell), and the place was packed.  PACKED.  Isn’t that the best word a vendor could hope to hear?

Our neighbour was Eddie from Barkery Bites, and who’d have known dog biscuits were such big business? He’s also a really funny guy, all ve way from Lunnon, yeh, and kept us in stitches all day.

We also met Simon the Succulent Man.  He has gorgeous plants and cacti for sale in beautiful natural wood, and I think he’s new to the market scene. We liked him and also think he has fine taste – he asked if we could crochet pot holders from cotton or hemp (hemp???) for the plants he sells in those hideous brown plastic pots. We’ll get back to you later today, Simon.

The weather was perfect, just a mild breeze to lower the impact of the sun’s rays, and there were lots of free things to keep children entertained while their parents lounged under trees eating delectable market food, or sat at umbrella-ed tables sipping chardonnay.  Happily for me, not being too keen on proximity to millions of over-excited toddlers, the train rides, biscuit making, face-painting and jumping castle activities were at a good distance from the stalls.

We tried to go for a Less is More approach to display – taking our lead from Megan, who has the Design and Style portfolio, and it seemed to work. Usually we just laden our tables with as much stock as they can take, and perhaps this has been a bit overwhelming.

And on the more intellectual side of things, you’ll notice a selection of fiction in my pics – I’m in a South African literature mood at the moment and reread a couple of JM Coetzee’s novels last week (sobering, dismal and punch-in-the-stomach stuff), and am currently mid-way through the latest Michiel Heyns (witty,  slightly formula-driven but very readable).  Vladislavic’s short stories are wonderful when you need some rule-breaking, and as pertinent and clever as when he was first published.

To be continued…