Sundays are market days the whole family can enjoy

Here you can find anything from knitted beanies and scarves to braai stands and upmarket colognes.

MBOMBELA – The Family Market at Hall’s Gateway has become an institution among Lowvelders. Every Sunday morning between 08:00 and 13:00, the patch of grass is transformed into a sea of colour as locals set up their stalls.

Here you can find anything from knitted beanies and scarves to braai stands and upmarket colognes. For the vendors, the weekly market is an innovative way to weather the Covid-19 blues.

Michelle and SG Wilken sell anything from bagels to homemade fudge and cookies, and described the market as the ideal Sunday morning family outing.

Confidence Sibuyi.

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“Today is our first day here and, although today’s been a bit slow, we are finding the experience very exciting,” said Michelle.

Fransie du Plessis has been selling at the market for the past four years and added, “We have a lot of locals who visit the market and it gives us a chance to interact and socialise with Lowvelders from all walks of life”.

Its proximity to the N4 towards Pretoria means that the market offers visitors the chance to stop by and make a few purchases before hitting the road again.

Adrienne Cameron.

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This proves that the market is not your garden variety flea market and goes beyond selling a few knick-knacks.

Adrienne Cameron added, “As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to clean house. This is our financial recovery plan to ensure that we are able to generate an income during these trying times.”

Ben Steyn has been displaying his wares at the market for the past 12 years. His business? Selling rare stones, such as Namibian agate, which are in demand among collectors.

Maria Scholtz and Ben Steyn.

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The eclectic mix of goods on offer sets the weekly market apart and its legacy is sure to continue for years to come.

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