Plymouth Christmas Market starts to bounce back after bad weather
After a bad start due to atrocious weather conditions, stalls at Plymouth Christmas Market are starting to get busy.
Traders told thisisplymouth.co.uk that hard winds and rain had taken its toll on business during the opening weeks.
“We opened on the day the Christmas ligths were supposed to have been turned on, but it was cancelled because of the strong winds. We hardly saw customers that day,” Kellen Hakhroo from Wyrd Sister jewellery said.
Ben Monks from P3 Earth Designz, who sells fair trade goods at the market said that the first days and weeks had been a battle with the elements.
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“We had to tie things down and try to get as much of the stock into the stall itself as possible, but some of it did get wet. Luckily it has been getting better since and Saturday was a really good day,” he said.
Clive Gardner from Clive's Cats - a local company that sells hand painted cards and paintings of cartoon cats - has been coming to the Plymouth Christmas Market for 11 years. He said that trade had been markedly lower compared to just a few years ago.
“We have definitely felt the weather. Things have been a bit quiet, but sales are not that different from how they were at the same time last year,” he said.
“Last year we had the snow and the year before that there were bad rains around this time, as far as I remember,” Kellen Hakroo added.
Kellen Hakroo said that it was probably the last year she would be coming to the Plymouth Christmas Market.
“The prices we pay to rent the stalls are higher here than I have experienced other places in the country and it makes it hard for me to break even. I also think it has an effect on how many stalls there are at the market. There are fewer this year than just a couple of years ago,” she said.
All three stall vendors were looking forward to Christmas. Perhaps a little more than most of us.
“The market is open every day from the 22nd of November till Christmas. We are working a total of 62 hours a week and none of us will have any days off till the 25th, so it will be more than 30 days without any time off,” they explained.