I’ve always enjoyed browsing and purchasing trinkets. (Who doesn’t?!) One of my favourite places to browse and discover new independent businesses are through the markets hosted and supported by the InExeter BID. I’ve been to their Fore Street Flea Market, South Street Spring Green Festival, Independent Traders Market and Young Traders Market. Their Indoor Market is still on my list of one to go to!
The first market I attended was the Fore Street Flea Market back in November 2021. From then on, I have purchased many a candle from Illumine Candle Co. which I discovered at their stall at the market. (My favourites are Bakewell Tart and Caramel Vanilla Latte). Since that market, I’ve always looked out for others that they’ve put on. Before visiting the Young Traders Market last week, I made a pit stop on Fore Street to grab a giant pain au chocolat and peanut butter raspberry danish from Truffle Hounds whom I discovered at the Independent Traders Market the week before that.
I’ve been trying my best to support local businesses where I can because their products are typically good quality and made with love. Through the markets I’ve been to, I’ve eaten great food and drink from the likes of Curious Kombucha, Truffle Hounds, The Chunky Cookie Co, The Wildflour Bakery, and Bangin Bakes; purchased jewellery from Bunyip Craft; self care items from Book on a Hook, Kilimanjaro Candles and Somerset Natural Living; a pottery mug from Gary Shaw, (the list is probably endless so I’ll stop there). On days that I keep it pocket-friendly (and have tried my best to not purchase anything), the markets are just a great reason to get out of the house.
Keep an eye out for markets through social media: the next one is the Indoor Market on Saturday, 13/08/22 at Positive Light Projects!