Marktfees at Tramways

Port Elizabeth is hosting its sixth Marktfees from Wednesday, October 26 to Saturday, October 29 at the Tramways Building in the Baakens Valley.

Friends Relda Schoeman and Sonja Harrison started the market to give creative people a platform to showcase their goods, and several exhibitors have gone on to start their own business and some have even secured export contracts.

“Our second aim was to put Port Elizabeth on the creative national calendar,” say Schoeman and Harrison.

“We have an opening evening between 6 and 8pm. There are only 150 tickets and this includes a glass of bubbly, strawberries and the chance to be the first to view the stunning goods on offer.”

The market will be open from 9am to 6pm, with extended hours on Friday until 8pm and shorter hours on Saturday, closing at 3pm.

The paid preview is on Tuesday, October 25, the night before the market officially opens to the public. Entrance is R20 per person, with R40 for a four-day pass and a ticket for the preview is R80.

Part of the proceeds of Marktfees is donated to Cleary Estate Cheshire Home.

“Having Marktfees at the old Tramways, will be our biggest and best venue yet,” said Schoeman and Harrison.

Goods include a variety of ceramics, one-off handmade furniture, art, handmade jewellery, decor items, laser and wooden products, women’s, baby and children’s clothing and a wide variety of deli products.

There also is a tea garden which they say will serve “more substantial food” over lunch hour.

On the Friday, visitors can pay a small additional fee to have their children kept busy with clay and other activities while the adults shop.

For more information contact: Relda Schoeman, 083-321-5118, or Sonja Harrison, 072-519-4474.

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