Whacky Market: Salt Rock

A Lovely Day Out
I recently popped to Salt Rock to visit my friend, Wilna Cremer at her market. Whacky Market is her current project which was created through a clever marketing concept, in turn it has allowed fellow creatives to showcase and sell their products. Wilna provides a platform for creatives, with a variety of different skills and creative styles. Her main focus is on giving them a place within the market community. 

I chatted to Wilna to hear more about the concept, her ideas and her latest accolade...

Why did you decide to organise a market?
I originally started the market as a gimmick to market a craft shop I was working with and to highlight the stores in the centre. The market was so successful that the stallholders asked me to host another one and it grew from there. 

What were some of the steps you took to begin the process?
I started asking around  for vendors and stallholders, organised some press releases and invited everybody I could possibly think of.

Tell us more about the entrepreneur competition you are currently taking part in.
The entrepreneur competition is run by the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce and it’s a mentoring programme for new / small businesses.  Originally I didn’t think the Whacky Market was worthy of entering, but in the process of writing the application letter, I realised it was the perfect platform for the dream project I had in mind.

What advice would you give to creatives who would like to start a business?
Be as original as possible, do lots of research, know current trends, get plenty of business advice and assistance. As creatives we are not generally good on the “business side”, but don’t be afraid to take the first step.  

Whacky Market provides a platform for crafters, artists and creative people to sell their products, but it also gives them a way with which to grow their confidence. How does it make you feel to know that you are assisting fellow creatives in this way?
Helping fellow creatives is really the most rewarding experience, I pass on as much knowledge as I can. I’m passionate about empowering people, especially women and I love the sense of community that is developing within the market, my stallholders know that I do the best I can for them.

I had a lovely morning browsing around and chatting to the stallholders. I particularly loved the cupcakes (obviously) and this beautiful jug and bowl set, it is very Cath Kidston inspired and the colours are beautiful. The market is small, but growing each month. There are a variety of different products available, including snacks, biscuits, beautiful printed cushions created by a photographer, art, beaded accessories, hand-crafted toys and bags as well as small decor items.

Contact Wilna for more details or to become a stallholder - 076 459 6694
Whacky Market is held on the last Saturday of the month: The next one is on the 27th July
53 Basil Hullet Drive
Salt Rock

10 comments :

  1. Lovely post. The Wacky Market looks very promising!

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  2. Thank you Nadia, this is totally awesome

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  3. This sounds awesome! Well done, @wilnacremer ! :)

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  4. Thanks for coming with me! x

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  5. Thanks for the comment friend! x

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  6. Well done Wilna - such a great accomplishment, you should feel extremely proud. i look forward to spending a day with you soon and Whacky Market.
    Thanks for a great post Nadia - those pillows are very pretty. And now I feel like a cupcake :-)

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  7. Hi Nadia
    I am so happy I found your wonderful and inspirational blog today. Congratulations to you Nadia on all your achievements, and talent! I was in Ballito just last weekend and wish I had known about the Wacky Market in Salt Rock.
    I love crafting, and also cooking and baking.
    For sure I will be doing one of your workshops soon, even though I will have to make the trip down from Gauteng - but that doesn't matter, as my brother, sister-in-law and cutie pie niece in Ballito!
    Kind regards
    Lorenda
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  8. Hello Lorenda. Thank you so much for your comment and kind words! I will be doing the workshops in Jhb in November possibly. I will definitely update my blog with dates etc. Have a lovely weekend! x

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  9. Great news Nadia! I will definitely attend the workshop/s. Let me know as soon as possible so that I can book and pay. Will pay now, if necessary, to secure a place.
    Have a great and creative weekend!
    Kind regards

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