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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tavistock Market Stall

We have now started a market stall for GoodsFromJapan.com at Tavistock Panniers Market. I can't tell you exactly where in the market as it can be different each time but it is not a huge place so you should be able to find us in there somewhere.

The market has been there since 1105. It is called the 'Panniers' market as the idea was that traders turned up with whatever they could carry in their panniers. I don't think they had bicycles in the 12th century so maybe 'pannier' is the name used for bags on horses too!

GoodsFromJapan market stall at Tavistock.
Goods from Japan will be there on Wednesdays and Thursdays and also some Fridays when there is space - you have to be trading a while before being allowed the prestigious Friday spaces. The market opens at 9.00 a.m. and closes 4.00 p.m. There is a good cafe (run by big and friendly bob) and lots of interesting stalls including leather belts and bags, watch sales and repairs, tools, plants, second-hand goods and an assortment of arts and crafts. Plus the town itself is worth a visit - the walk down the side of the river looks particularly interesting and I plan on doing it with my partner and little girl as soon as we get a chance.

I have to mention the guy on the stall next to me, Gary Hammond. He paints portraits of pets and wildlife and deservedly does rather well as they are very good. So if you have a photo of a loved pet, bring it along to get a quote from him.

Tavistock is on the A386 from Plymouth, just at the south-eastern edge of Dartmoor. Walk up the main high street (Duke Street) heading north-east and turn down one of the alleyways on your right. The market is in the building opposite the end of the way. Or ask someone, the locals are all friendly.

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