So This post should have been filled with lovely photos of our trip but we did get rather distracted so apologies in advance.
Heading off for our weekend at Millthorpe markets, it was nice and early (having retrieved coffee). We should have probably checked our sources earlier as the apparent 5 hour journey to Orange is actually only 3. This brightened us right up. I had started to recover from the horrible virus the girls had had over the week and having popped a few cold pills, berocca and coffee… the day was looking good.
I should probably point out. My sister and I, although similar in many ways, are pretty different, Toni, being the older organised one brought a bag of goodies for the trip, including disinfectant wipes, grapes, apples, slice, muesli bars, Easter eggs, handy towels, berocca… etc. I brought a packet of chewy fresh mints. Together we make one heck of a combination. Sometimes it’s startling how classicly we fall into the birth order steryotypes. I couldn’t wait for a roadie.
We were very excited to arrive in Orange, In Toni’s last post she had highlighted a few places to go and we headed directly to The White Place. We had a wee sigh as we walked in, every room has a new array of beautiful things. Purchases were made, a lot less than we would have liked, and I walked away with a shiny new bracelet that my husband thinks looks like an old curtain toggle. To be fair it does.
We went to a lovely wine bar then had a wee rest at the hotel. When we realised the only thing decent to watch on telly was Scooby Doo, we headed out for dinner. I think this is when things could have gone seriously wrong had a family, or indeed just a husband have been brought along.
We got into the car having both expected the other to have brought the food guide. I ran back to the hotel room, retrieved it and started again, we drove around various streets, mainly because Toni loved the pretty houses, we went down streets because of the pretty trees, we followed a dog a little so it didn’t go onto the road, we did several 360’s on roundabouts, we drove past the restaurant we had already called but was fully booked just to have a looksie and when we eventually found our restaurant (or two in close proximity) we looked for a park, only to see that our hotel was a few meters away so we parked back in our hotel and walked to dinner. I’m pretty sure both husbands would have opted to walk home to Sydney rather than have endured that.
The Millthorpe Markets is quite the event, twice a year, the little town of 650 explodes into several thousand, the que for the stall holders started lining up at 4 am and the market opened at 8.30.
Obviously we were novices, I thought we were rather speedy with our tent erecting but by the time we had sorted our cords the neighbours had pretty much set up shop. Our stall required a fair amount of improvisation and neither Toni nor myself are born sales people (which is largely why the online site had so much appeal) so we needed to work on our banter. In the end we talked about our dodgy stand and how awesome everyone else’s stalls were… possibly we still need to work on that.
We meet some lovely people though, it’s great to discuss the products, find out what people are looking for and it was always so encouraging to get lots of positive feedback. The Petit De Nimes Red Riding Cape was quite the hit, it’s hard to pass such an adorable wee jacket. We also had the Petit De Nimes Boys Jacket which is such a smart look and perfect for kids as it isn’t too heavy with the warmth of wool. Loving the check lining!
Little Tyro was also very big at the markets. I don’t think we showcase Little Tyros talents enough. This very clever Teacher from Melbourne with kids of her own has set up a range that is Perfect for early learners. We had many discussions with Mums that found their kids were entering into school without being taught basic pen techniques and headed straight for the patterning book. It is perfect for familiarising preschool children with grip, direction and control. There are bright shape cards for feeding string through for hand eye coordination and shape play, and creative games to encourage imaginative play, comprehension and problem solving. These were even being bought as Easter gifts. they are so bright and fun, it’s nice to have something new for children to play with that helps them grow too. We appear to have nearly sold out but we will be placing another order so let us know if you need anything soon.
Wilson and Frenchy has always been a favourite of ours and it seems we aren’t alone, how can you pass such cute wee designs. I love these navy striped pants too.
We also had the chance to show off the beautiful Fox and Finch Navy party dress. I possibly love this dress more than is normal, but it is a fruitless fancy as my youngest is nearly 3 and the sizes stop at 2. (insert very glum face indeed) We did squeeze her in for a photo, but she was so busy spinning we didn’t exactly nail it with the photo shoot.
Other highlights…The weather held out wonderfully, I must have put my cardigan on and taken it off 50 times, but rain … it did not. Some beautiful stalls were at the markets, Toni got some ‘Borne in Bathurst’ relish and I bought some shoes, I spotted a company I have been following for sometime on Facebook – Olive and Clover (who I borrowed the image from) . Some beautiful lost and found trinkets and a lovely old ladder I wasn’t allowed to strap to the roof of the car. The pizza was devine and there were some wonderful capable kids collecting litter, organising stall holder lunch orders, selling tickets and drinks and generally being outstanding little citizens which must contribute to such a stellar market for Millthorpe Primary School. The Marshalls also deserve a mention as it was a rather epic task arranging that many stalls and their cars from 5am with a great big smile and a fair amount of banter. Superb.
My sister and I sang equally poorly all the way home stopping only to coo over the new lambs ( and puzzle over the time of the year) Then home in time to see a few little rascals fighting sleep and a rather clever husband that had managed to tidy the house and have all 3 children happy and intact.
We will definitely be back in December and we will take what we have learnt to help bring you more beautiful creative products at andthelittleonesaid.com.au