Sunday 25 November 2018

Heard Under The Sheds – 25/11/2018

Market service centenary celebration - The Mark family are celebrating 100 years of R&H Hire Box Storage service to their customers at QVM. The service was originally established 2 weeks after the end of World War 1.

Slow start to Summer Night Market – traders reported a slow start to the Wednesday night market event with rainy conditions not helping and the Noodle Night Market at Birrarung Marr creating a clash of events. There were some changes to last year with the main stage area being moved from the Peel St. end of the market because of new noise restrictions. Participants will be looking forward to the following Wednesdays for a change of fortune.

Etsy market looks to success – the weekend Etsy craft market at the top of C Shed seemed to be well attended with at least one participant reporting bumper sales. Etsy have their own inbuilt social media following which no doubt helped.

You would never guess which countries give one of our traders his best source of international customers – Kuwait and New Caledonia. Kuwait, because students on short stays here just love our city and take home memories of Melbourne, and New Caledonia since Australian airlines opened up direct flights to Melbourne.

No minute of silence – a few traders have now mentioned the absence of a minutes silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to celebrate Remembrance Day, the end of World War 1. In the recent past the market PA would announce a minutes silence at the appropriate time. With Remembrance services around the country breaking attendance records it seems a little strange that QVM would miss the occasion.
PS - Oops, we got this wrong. We have been advised that a minutes silence was observed on 11th November although clearly the PA system is not working adequately in a number of areas. The complaints came from K Shed, Rear K Shed and String Bean Alley. 
And just for the record the following was read out - 
"Good Morning and welcome to Queen Victoria Market.  Today, on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we commemorate Remembrance day. We will observe a minutes’ silence to remember those who have served and sacrificed their lives in all wars and armed conflicts past and present. On the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day, on behalf of QVM traders and management, please join us in a minutes’ silence."
"They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. Lest we Forget. Thank you for your attention and enjoy the rest of your day here at Queen Victoria Market.”

Trader gift buying – a trader has suggested that traders should do all their Christmas shopping within the market and perhaps we could all offer discounts to our neighbours. Mino from JLP would like to start the ball rolling with a minimum 20% off to traders on all his fine leather goods.

A trader arrived at work early one day this week to find a light which normally assisted while she set up their stall had stopped working. She sent a message to facilities and within a few minutes an electrician arrived to replace the globes. It was a coincidence, but for a moment our trader thought this was responding to trader requests on steroids.

People’s Panel Report – Melbourne newspapers seem to have an idea of the outcome of the QVM People’s Panel although the full report has not yet been made publicly available. Apparently some good work was done by the 40 or so participants so we look forward to reading the full report when, and if, it becomes available.

One trader says that the last 2 weeks of November are often his best trading time of the year with a bit of a slip in sales closer to Christmas as alternative shopping options like shopping centres get into full gear. That surge hasn’t happened so far in November and he is wondering what surprises 2018 Christmas trading will bring.