Public buys into new market site

ONE veteran market stallholder won’t be back and organisers agreed there were teething problems but punters voted with their feet with a bumper turnout at the new home of Albury’s Sunday market.

The market made its debut yesterday in the Wilson Street car park after being kicked out of its home of 16 years near Smollett Street.

The first and second floors were devoid of cars for vendors.

All agreed it was a good crowd but said only time would determine whether it was a better site.

Jennie Williams sold all but one of the birds she had on offer.

“It is a very good day. It certainly feels like a better atmosphere here,” she said.

Jerry Blom, who had his Dutch pancake stall on the top deck of the car park, said it would take time to adjust.

“I’m not sure that I like this spot at the end of the car park but we all have to adapt,” he said.

“It will take time and I think they will work through what are obvious teething problems.”

Ray Williams sold garden ornaments under cover.

“It has been OK, the crowd has been good but there are some issues getting the heavier things to people’s cars,” he said.

“But I like the fact I’m not in the sun and in a lather of sweat. This is the ideal spot.”

But John Bacon, who has seen various versions of the Sunday market over 45 years, said he would not be back.

“We can’t get in here early enough,” he said.

“I take three hours to set up and we get in here at 7.30am.

“I’m ready to go at 10.30am so I have 1½ hours to sell goods and that is not enough time.

“They’ll say the market goes to 1pm but my experience tells me it is all over by midday.”

Rebecca Hall hunted for toy bargains with two of her three sons.

“We are regulars and it is cooler under here but a little more crowded,” she said.

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