There is a little special girl who needs your support. Her name is Kayla Glaser and she was born with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable terminal illness that is very rare. Kayla needs costly monthly medication, treatment and procedures for the rest of her life which are not all covered by medical aid as the South African government does not support CF as a terminal illness. The Glaser family have wonderful friends and supporters and raise awareness and funds through their Facebook page, Caring for Kayla Glaser.
Their latest fundraising event will be held at the Sunningdale Evening Market on the 1st of November. They will have a table selling second hand and brand new toys, teddy bears and children’s clothes. The money raised will go towards funding Kayla’s continued treatment and medication, to other CF families and to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Please, they need your donations and most importantly, they need you to support them at the market by visiting their table. The market is being held at the Sunningdale Sports Complex and click here for directions. If you have donations, there are a number of volunteers to act as drop off points and collectors in CT and JHB:
Cape Town: Northern/Southern Suburbs:Ilandra – email@example.com Constantia: Loren – 0813289142 / 0217944888 West Coast: 5 Rochester Road, West Beach and 20 Clifton Crescent, Parklands Johannesburg: Germiston: Helen Gurney – Ladybird Nursery School, 45 Cachet Road, Lambton
Made in the Cape is an artisan goods event held once a month at Cavendish Square, Claremont. I visited one of their first market days (link here) and found a wonderful array of locally produced goods by local crafts people. This weekend they celebrate their first birthday with a weekend showcasing innovative, original and thought-provoking hand crafted goods. Everything sold is crafted, produced and packaged in the Western Cape – so all local – and there are textiles, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork and much more on sale.
The birthday market is from Friday 2 August to Sunday 4 August, open Friday and Saturday 9am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. You can find more details and who is exhibiting on their Facebook page. Happy market shopping!
Last Sunday I visited the Trunk Show which showcases locally made bespoke products and is held on the 1st weekend of every second month. With a promise of bubbly and snacks I headed to Capelli On The Bay on Blaauwberg Road and met organiser Catherine from Mr and Ms clothing. This is shopping taken to the next level in a relaxed environment where quality has overtaken quantity.
I was very happy to meet Nicola from Off the Board Design who designs and makes the most beautiful soft toys – my favourite are the travelling foxes who each have their own story. After chatting with her I found out that she is the designer behind the soft doll patterns in the February issue of Ideas magazine (worth buying). I loved the pattern and I have good intentions to sew the dolls one day. Fran is the designer behind Hello Nünü and the cute knitted animal beanies are her’s and are made to order. She also has a range of knitted clothing, bedding, and summer dresses. Other local designers at the Trunk Show included footwear by Luli Pulani, handbags from The Pink Pincushion, photographer Don Robertson from Dream State Photography, and personalised and inspirational canvas prints and gift cards from Mind Print. The venues change so keep an eye on their facebook page to see where and who will be at the next show.
Last year I meant to go to the Sea Point Craft Market but never made it there so this year we made the effort to see what gifts were on offer and have a little outing with Paige. The market is indoors at the Sea Point Hall next to the library at Three Anchor Bay and runs for over 2 weeks until 15 December (not Sundays). There is lots to see with around 140 crafters selling an assortment of foods, clothing, kids accessories, home decor, books, Christmas decorations, and the list goes on. I found a few treasures and Graeme threw whatever had wasabi on it in the basket. There are some great gifts for kiddies – the puppets and rabbit backpack are my favourites – how cute are they. Entrance is free and there is a restaurant so you can grab a piece of cake or lunch. You can find out more on the Cape Gift Market Facebook page. Happy Christmas shopping!
Saturdays are perfect market days and yesterday we had our first visit to the Market at The Palms and The Lock Stock, in Woodstock. Both markets are in the same premises and the Market at the Palms is the foodie side and The Lock Stock is the clothing, decor and gifts side. On the food side you can find a yummy selection of fresh produce, pickles and sauces, chocolate (love the personalised To the Best Teacher Everfor school gifts from Rococoa), craft beer and meals. This is a good market if you want to pop in but not stay long as there aren’t table and chairs to sit at besides the restaurant, nor a place for the kids to play. There is plenty of off-street parking in the parking garage which is a bonus.
You can find clothing, jewellery, furniture and other decor items at The Lock Stock market outside. My favourite items were from Handmade by Me including the cushions, aprons and bunting made from bespoke fabrics designed by Sera Holland using all natural fibre textiles and printed with eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks. The markets are at 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town and open every Saturday between 9am – 2pm.
My friend Kate joined Paige and I to browse the Made in the Cape Market at Cavendish Square which runs until Sunday 5 August. There is a wide selection of items for sale on the ground and first floors and, as the name of the market suggests, all made in the Cape. These are just some of my favourite items for sale, and if you don’t make it to the market this weekend, they will be back over the next few months between 31 August – 2 September, 5-7 October, and 2 – 4 November. Full list of the talented traders is below – happy shopping!
• Crafty Beach – Rustic frames and small novelty items – notebooks, broaches etc
• Sonja Moore – ceramic art – beautiful, yet functional pieces, plus purely art pieces.
• Sarah Hollywood – Silversmith
• Fondant Textiles – textile designer Nicola produces her own range of textiles and homewear
• Minki Cutlery – pewter ware designed by Minki
• Cornal Overmeyer – a true craftsman, makes ‘big boys toys’ – wood replicas of jeeps, aeroplanes
• Boniface – driftwood sculpture
• Succulent Oasis – Rianas succulents – she is using more recycled and repurposed containers
• T – bag Designs – a job creation project from Hout Bay
• NUNO felt – amazing décor items, toys and fashion accessories using handmade felt
• Mandela Park Mosaics – empowerment – earn to learn – functional art mosaic items
• Milk & Honey natural skin care – made with Cape raw honey – free of carcinogenic chemicals
• Recycabilia – recycled homewear
• Andrea Duell ceramics – art in clay – tiles & sculpture
• Blossom – handmade baby accessories, slings etc
• Tintown – metal ware for the home – handmade in Cape Town
• Love Monsters and Cuties – Sara makes fresh and funky toys in interesting textiles
• Lovelings by Margrace – an expert knitter who knits very modern baby toys
• Marthas Art – recycled wooden planks make unusual canvases
• Peg & Thread – craft kits for kids – helping to keep beautiful traditional crafts alive
• Bokke and Blomme – wood words and décor items
• Gibson Nzimela – turns heavy duty metal and iron into beautiful home and garden accessories
• The Pendant Warehouse – Hanici handcrafts, pendants and jewellery with a vintage twist
• Something Special – Wanda uses beautiful and delicate textiles to create all manner of accessories
Graeme and I have visited Bay Harbour Hout Bay Market before and knew it would be a good place to take Paige for a nice breakfast out. Hout Bay is only a short drive for us as we live in Sea Point and this time we brought along Granny Colleen and Aunty Dee. This market has won us over and we strongly recommend it. Vendors offer local produce so you won’t find the imported cheeses that you can find in any Spar or other markets, this place is proudly Capetonian. There is a variety of food available as this market is not only a morning market but is open Friday evenings 5 to 9pm and then on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 4pm. Musicians take to the stage on Friday evenings which we can only imagine is a fun night out since we have only visited on Saturday mornings.
Food is a good motivator to crawl out of bed and get into the car on a Saturday morning and a full English, a glass of freshly squeezed juice and a Chai Tea is what set me up for the day. The nice thing about going to a market with friends and family is that everyone can choose what they would like to eat and best of all, there are no dishes to wash! Next time I want to go back later in the day and enjoy the crayfish braai and wash it down with either some sparkling wine or the local brew. It was nice to see that there were some new vendors and really cute baby clothes. When Paige is old enough to use the big bath I’m going to buy the wall art on sale to decorate the bathroom to make bath time more fun. I also want to set aside some time and go for a massage with Thandi.
So, why do we love this market? Well, it is all weather as it is indoors, the food is good, unique stalls, there is space to push the pram around, comfortable seating and plenty of parking. We find the market baby and child friendly, there are changing facilities near the toilets and a small playground outside for the bigger kids. We will be visiting again soon.