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Great Tisbury Brocante
The Great Tisbury Brocante on the 4th of May was initially the idea of Tisbury Parish Councillor Janet Amos, whose Council remit is to encourage sustainable tourism in Tisbury:
'I wanted to bring something to Tisbury which would involve everyone in the village and would be fun, whilst encouraging visitors to discover what a welcoming and friendly place it is. I’d been to Brocantes and vide-greniers in France, and seen how local people, local businesses and visiting traders could work together to produce something special – a mixture of entertainment and business for the benefit of the local community. I was sure that this was something that could work in Tisbury, and soon I had a fantastic committee who were as enthusiastic as I was.”
As a committee, we were delighted that people from all backgrounds came forward to volunteer for everything from web-site design to sign and cake making; and from providing car-parking areas to car-park marshalling. I am so grateful to so many people.”
“I am also delighted that the young people of Tisbury joined in, many selling games, clothes and books from their own vide-greniers. Tisbury and Mere Youth Clubs did sterling work as car-park and market assistants – helping the marshals to direct traffic and load and unload vehicles, handing out Brocante maps and answering questions from visitors. They were brilliant.”
By 10:00 am on Monday 4th May (the “official” Brocante start time) the High Street was already packed, ‘Brocante’ car parks on the village outskirts were steadily filling and Tisbus was ferrying visitors to various drop-off points around the village.
Tisbury had come alive.
By mid-day it seemed like wonderful organised chaos. People were everywhere – searching for bargains, looking for friends, exploring parts of Tisbury even some locals didn’t know existed (!) and generally smiling, laughing, talking, and making new friends. Many visitors commented on what a lovely, friendly place Tisbury is. Good-humoured queues formed at all the refreshment outlets as buyers and sellers discussed their finds, people got lost (some had their Brocante maps upside-down) – but there was always someone to point them in the right direction – and somehow it all worked.
Towards the end of the day, the general feeling seemed to be that it had been a great success – thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. Not every seller had made a fortune, there had been a few problems (most of which were quickly resolved) and lessons. Perhaps you had better put a date in your diaries for Monday 2nd May 2016? In the immediate future, we would welcome your feedback – What worked? What could be better?
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