Crafts Fair

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
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Trip End Dec 19, 2012


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Flag of South Africa  , Gauteng,
Sunday, September 30, 2012

Went to the Rosebank Flea Market this morning, which is held on Sundays on one level of the parking ramp of the Rosebank Mall, and swung through the African Crafts Market adjacent to the mall afterward. The flea market is part real flea market (collections of old stuff for sale) and part artisans selling handmade goods and art. The African Crafts Market is full time, and is mostly there for tourists, but there are some decent quality things, and some of the artisans work while sitting there too. If you have a couple of hours, you can watch a small animal be shaped from beads and wire, or see how all those wood carvings get their final, glossy glow. Prices are probably high, but I was told over and over to negotiate.

Since the bank problem isn't resolved yet (!), all I could do was wander around and talk to the vendors. Very nice group of people, and we had some interesting conversations once they knew I couldn’t buy anything today, but was interested in what they had.

A couple of hours later, I emerged in a plaza where young members of the Soweto Marimba Youth League were busking. If you ever have the chance, try to catch these guys – really fun, and part of a great program: http://www.smyle.co.za/

The skill and creativity people exhibit, given the chance, and the sheer optimism, never cease to amaze me.
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