Tuesday, 29 October 2013

FAIR EXCHANGE: Market At The Lawn appeals with eclectic bounty and the great outdoors

OPEN HOUSE: Fresh air and plenty of homegrown items to choose from.

You never know what rare finds or delightful treasures and trinkets you'll stumble upon at an event like Market At the Lawn which, as its name suggests, brings an eclectic, flea-market type atmosphere (with a surplus of booths and tents) whenever it is staged on the airy North lawns of Devon House. It's a fantastic, outdoorsy assembly of artisans and small-business proprietors who, given these economically daunting times, could use the extra dollars and public attention.

On offer this past Sunday afternoon was, to highlight only a few, a feast of hand-crafted jewelry, bestselling novels, bamboo candle-holders, gorgeous plants, dazzling landscape artwork and fashionable clothes from local designers, including established labels like Mutamba.

Even non-profit bodies like the Mustard Seed Communities, the STEP Centre and the Jamaica Association of Intellectual Disabilities (JAID) were on hand to spread the word about their missions and their efforts in their respective communities.

Per organizers, MATL provides a wonderful opportunity for small-scale sellers and buyers of all stripes to meet and greet -- and hopefully nobody goes home empty-handed. "It's about helping the small people in the industry, and we really hope it will continue," explains team member Annette Scott. "We used to have it once a month, but because of the economy, we had to take a break and reassess. We plan on having three stagings in December, because with Christmas around the corner, it's the best time of year for this sort of thing."




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