Craft market finds new home

Durbanville Craft Market chairwoman Anni Theron.

After being ”homeless” for a year, the Durbanville Craft Market has found a new home at the Durbanville Presbyterian Church.

The first market of the year was on Saturday February 3.

It will now take place on the first Saturday of the month at the church on the corner of Louw and Hefele streets.

The market, which has been around for more than 30 years, battled to find a new venue, after the City tried to get its operators to sign a lease – something they hadn’t had up until then (“No home for craft market,” Northern News, February 9 2017).

The market’s chairwoman, Anni Theron, said the traders were grateful to the church.

She said they had now been able to provide crafters a space at the market for R50, as they did not have to pay the huge “rent” as in the past.

“We are one of only two craft markets left run by crafters for crafters, with the added bonus we can now expand our motto from, ‘Help Us Help Them, to, ‘We Help Them Help Others’,” she said.

Ms Theron said there was no financial gain for the market’s organisers, who did not get paid for their work.

“The only financial gain is for the hard-working crafters. Only handmade items made from a home base and sold by the person responsible for the making thereof may join us, with the exception of our charity stalls, who do not pay for their stalls,” she said.

Ms Theron said money received from the stalls would be given to the church for its charity work.

Organisations who took part in last weekend’s market included the Lucky Lucy Foundation, Huis Andries Olivier, Pitpals and the Amy Foundation.

The next market, on Saturday March 3, will be held with the Pink Ladies, and there will be a ceremony at noon, when balloons carrying photographs of missing children will be released.

* Contact Ms Theron at 083 331 8658 or durbanvillecraftmarket
@gmail.com for more information.