21 Dec – Pavilion’s 1st flea market!

Updating this blog one day after the event, because it has simply been a really busy and tiring day yesterday! Yet, it has also been a very meaningful time indeed.

We started by continuing garden creation at Pavilion’s edible garden. Wanted to complete the pergolas, but Benny (our resident contractor) wasn’t in. So, we focused instead on “smaller” tasks – adding plant tags for the seeds / seedling, adding mosquito netting on our blue barrels to collect rainwater, adding trellis lines, creating gravel footpaths, and creating another raised bed.

Our intention was to prepare the space so that it looks inviting to the neighbours, most of whom may be checking it out for the first time in the late afternoon as we would be having our first ever flea market then. And right next to the edible garden!

A brother-sister team working together to add jute string to create a trellis for the long beans
Brother-sister team working together to add jute string to create a trellis for the long beans
A little signage to welcome our guests into the garden
A little signage to welcome our guests into the garden
Another signage to share with visitors what to expect in the coming weeks
Another signage to share with visitors what to expect in the coming weeks
After we completed the garden creation session on 21 Dec
After we completed the garden creation session on 21 Dec

We ‘closed shop’ at nearly 3pm, feeling very blessed for the cool temperatures and slight breeze. There was news on Friday that heavy rains were expected throughout the weekend, and we felt that it was amazing that we had such good weather for most part on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

The weather forecast had predicted thundery showers at 5pm, and our flea market was scheduled to start at 4pm. Will our luck hold out until we have completed very 1st our flea market?

We were in luck! It did :)

The boys were totally in on the idea from day one. They came up with the games on their own, and even presented to their grandma who was bowled over by what they came up with! Easily one of the stalls that drew in the most customers, and of all ages too
The boys came up with the games on their own, and even presented to their grandma who was bowled over by what they came up with! Easily one of the stalls that drew in the most customers, and of all ages too
Stalls sheltered by the gazebos. Really appreciate having the gazebos, for without them - the stall owners would be at the mercy of the weather elements (even slight drizzles!)
Stalls sheltered by the gazebos. Really appreciate having the gazebos, for without them – the stall owners would be at the mercy of the weather elements (even slight drizzles!)
A board to share more about the edible garden. Compost courtesy of Green Back. Books, etc courtesy of Nature Society.
Our booth to share more about the edible garden. and nature / sustainability aspects. Compost courtesy of Green Back. Books, etc courtesy of Nature Society.

The flea market is our community’s first try in encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the residents, and to raise funds for a good cause (for this event, it was the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan Relief).

I had reserved a booth at the flea market to share more about the edible garden. But for several nights, I didn’t know what to share (there is a lot really, but what to focus on?). In the end, I did some sketches… Green Back, which delivers organic compost to our data, gave us 50 bags of compost to sell at a discounted rate, of which $1/bag goes back into the Red Cross tin…. Nature Society also gave us some books, field guides, etc to sell.

Of the 50 compost bags, we managed to sell 40 bags to residents who came to support the flea market and the edible garden. So, we raised $40 for the Haiyan cause, on selling compost alone. Common questions though – a number of residents asked, is compost the same as organic fertiliser? How to use it right?

Some heartwarming moments to share – Neighbours whom I met once or twice, or even none at all, came up to say “Hi!”, saying that they recognised me from my Facebook posts on the edible garden. Some shared with me how they lived in the estate for the last ~5 to 10 years, and this was their first time walking in to the park, to check out both the flea market and edible garden. Heart-warming! :)

Advertisements

Please leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s