Fill your Christmas stockings at the Eros market

Kristien Kruger
"Every year is a new adventure with the most interesting and creative products. This year we have many new exhibitors with additional products, especially at the request of the public."
This according to Stella Hoon, the owner of Studioworx and the organiser of the popular Dutch Reformed Church Eros' Christmas market, which is being hosted for the sixth time this year.
The market starts on 24 November and runs until 1 December.
"Our Christmas market spans eight days and is open daily from 09:00 to 19:00 for those who work. Visitors can look around in our relaxed atmosphere and shop till they drop."
Visitors can look forward to home-baked and pickled foods and even traditional German-baked goodies.
The market focuses specifically on handmade products and this year's selection includes baby clothes, pallet furniture, artwork and leather products.
"Exhibitors from all over Namibia provide products and participate."
Previously loved
This year provision is also made for second-hand items such as books.
A Twice Treasured table is available where the public can bring items to be displayed and the organisers will sell them. "We strive to receive quality products and a great excitement about the new initiative is currently taking hold," Hoon said.
She added that Tuesday 21 November is the last day the public can participate in this initiative and hand in their items.
Those interested can send their applications to [email protected] or via WhatsApp at 081 895 9485.
The registration for stalls also closes on Tuesday and prospective exhibitors can contact Hoon for more information on this.
"The organisers handle the sales and it is therefore not necessary for exhibitors to be present at all times. They can continue with their daily tasks and come around from time to time to check that their space is tidy and that their stock is sufficient," Hoon explained.
Only one payment point is available with a barcode system to regulate the sales. Card facilities as well as PayToday will also be available.
Looking back
"The Christmas market was the brainchild of Annalie Badenhorst. She was truly passionate about this project and was inspired by her creativity," Hoon said.
Badenhorst created this platform with a view to Namibian handmade products and to give persons with talent and passion an opportunity to showcase their products.
"Annelie moved back to South Africa two years ago and I was entrusted with the privilege and opportunity to take over from her. She laid a fantastic foundation and I am proud to build on it.
"Last year was the first time I coordinated the market and this year I can present it with so much more experience and knowledge, and with so much more confidence."
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