Last Saturday we held our first Mathilda’s Market in Paddington Town Hall in Sydney. It was a great success and I had the most fabulous 24 hours. Normally, I fly up the day before each Market, making my way from airport to venue swift so I can spend time readying things for Market day. Market day usually starts early, with me getting up at 5am and the stallholders arriving at 7am and shoppers at 9am. At the conclusion of each Market, I quickly fly back home and have dinner at night with the the family.
However, this time, I arrived in Paddington and was not able to access the hall the day before. So what is a girl to do when she is staying in Queen St, Woollahra, in a gorgeous old picturesque B & B? (Chosen purely for the reason that it was closest to the Town Hall, I promise). Yes, put some lippy on and head out for some (window) shopping. Those that know me, are well aware that I hardly ever shop (let alone for myself), as there's just no time for that in my life right now. So an afternoon in Australia’s most exclusive shopping street, with no kids, no husband, no dinner deadline, in fact nothing to do at all for the rest of the day ... simply heaven!
A pair of boots for $1,700 was a bit over the top I thought, but I did manage to find some gorgeous stores that had fabulous items at reasonable prices, such as the Bay Tree and Flannel. Suffice to say, window shopping turned into serious shopping, and it felt great! I finished the night with the most delicious dinner (can’t remember the name of the restaurant, sorry!) and a movie in bed. What a treat!
Mathilda’s Market on Saturday was probably one of my most enjoyable Markets I’ve held in the 7 years of running these weekend affairs. Everything went without a hitch. The venue manager was lovely and helpful, the stallholders (who came from all over Australia) were just divine and so calm. The set up looked amazing, the goods for sale were outstanding and shoppers loved it just as much and were happy to part with their hard earned dollars to buy beautifully crafted things. The day was exactly what I had always envisaged for Mathilda’s Market. Thank you all for making it possible and enjoying what I have created.
I bought some lovely bits & pieces, a salt & pepper shaker from the lovely Stav from My Messy Room, some French notepads from the ever so smiley Melinda from PaperKlip (who stylishly decorated our event again), a pirate softie from Amelie’s Room, and a couple of buckets from The Party Studio, to match our tablecloth and flowers at the entry table:
The lovely Matthew and Ani from Milk & Honey Photography were there and took the photos below.
The first 100 shoppers received this pretty shopping bag, courtesy of Paperklip:
And here's a very happy me!