This is Paradise…

What does it take to create a Market? Just two things: Buyers and Sellers. The ages-old concept continues today – find a convenient location that’s easily accessible to those on foot, or travelling by some sort of conveyance – camel, burro, horse or cars. Open fairly early in the day so time is not wasted; in the old days from working the fields; today in Vallarta, working the most popular beaches/bars/restaurants in town. Those old-style Markets fell into disfavor with the birth of stores springing up everywhere – on every corner, in every city and town in the whole wide WORLD! (Unprecedented growth, that.) However, every now and then in history a group of people come to their senses, get together and cooperatively open an old-styled Market. The same needs apply now as they did thousands of years ago – buyers want something unusual – if it’s food, then they want fresh, natural, wholesome. They need clothes and accessories and they don’t necessarily want to look like everybody else so they go to a Market, find someone making clothes, see what they have and order something in their own size, style and color. Don’t try that at Wal###t.
The Paradise Community Center on Pulpito street in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta opens its doors every Saturday morning for the Co-op Market. We are the only Market open all year round and are protected from the sun and the rain.
The space is open and friendly and there are no crowds this time of year. All of us vendors invite you to come in between 9 and 1 every Saturday, have a look around, do the “meet and greet” and if you don’t find anything to purchase, e-mail me and I will pass on your requests!
Our newest member of the Co-op Market, Paco Ojeda, has one day under his belt now selling his lovely decorative bowls and magnets. He was happy to get his feet wet last weekend and we can look forward to seeing many more creations. And, our Jan of Jan’s Specialty Condiments tells me her line of delicious goodies is now available in Ajijic .
Our tireless Barbara Peters has this to tell everyone, “When I was invited to participate in the Paradise Community Center’s Saturday Co-op Market, I decided to create a unique product that no one else was making. I have made most of my own clothes since I was a young girl and majored in home economics and clothing design at Millikin University. I had many years of experience in designing and creating clothing during my 20 years as owner of Bridals and Formals Unlimited in Beaumont, Texas, especially bridal gowns and ball gowns for the many Texas Festivals. Once I moved to Mexico, and lived in Rincon de Guayabitos, Nayarit, I started a line of tie dyed beach wear called Tropical Fantasies, which were marketed in several Puerto Vallarta boutiques such as d¨Paola and Nelly´s boutiques.
Now I have returned to my love of creating unique designs with cotton tops that are hand made and hand painted. Most are medium and large sizes in loose styles that are so comfortable to wear especially in our summers. First the fabric is pre-washed, then I lay out the pieces which I color with fabric paint that is washable and does not fade.
The designs are often abstract or with tropical motifs in colorful coordinated colors. Then the blouse is sewn together and finished in the dryer to be sure the colors do not fade and the fabric does not shrink. Then the seams are finished and pressed.
To complement the look I design and make necklaces and earring to match the colors in the painted top. These are made with natural stone beads, silver and other metals and are also one of a kind. The jewelry is also displayed in Galeria Vallarta and custom design jewelry can be ordered from your own stones or from our extensive selection. The prices are very accessible so everyone can look dramatic with unique ‘Art to Wear’.”
Oscar and Veronica have recently returned to Vallarta from Oaxaca with a huge new shipment of their family’s textiles including clothes for men and women, hand bags, table runners and much more.
My next column will be written from Vallarta as I say adios to Canada until the next time. Looking forward to seeing everybody at Market. To all – take care of yourselves and each other.

By Marcia Blondin
marcia.blondin@ymail.com

One comment

  1. Just as a market has a buyer and seller, there are markets, sellers and buyers. The one common thing is money. Everyone that earns money, spends it in different ways, and on different things.

    The joy of being a buyer, is when all the necessities in life have been met – a house and household items, food and clothing – and the kids out of school and married.

    Traveling and collecting go hand in hand. I remember our first purchase when all the essential purchases were met, and the kids out of the home. We wanted this for the longest time – a grandfather clock. What a joyous feeling purchasing it new at half price. Well we have two of them now, and quite a collection of old clocks, pocket watches, and wristwatches.

    To make the story short, last Sunday I went to the big flea market in San Francisco. Like our editor Madeline, I like things old. Several of the purchases were several centuries old. A hand carved red amber tea pot in the shape of an alpine strawberry, about seven inches long, with a small strawberry on the lid, and near the handle. It was from an estate sale in the capitol city of China, and the square raised date stamp on the underside was over 100 years old because the seller could not read markings when over 100 years old.

    Also from china, were two amber beaded necklaces of 18 and 22 one inch long beads of Balkan half butterscotch and half clear in color, in the shape of the Buddha on one, and the four faces of the Buddha on the other,

    Of course this made it necessary to purchase another display cabinet from the antique store due to the amount of amber crowded in my existing display case.

    Well that was not all. For I found and purchased two hand full of the early American Disney, Marvel and DC comic books from the 1930s – 60s where the published cover l prices were 10 cents , 12 cents, 15 cents and 20 cents.

    When one considers a copy of the June 1938 Action Comics issue No.1 of superman recently sold for $1.4 million, old comic books can be valuable. Unfortunately my issue No.1 of this comic book is a 50th anniversary issue printed in the UK that sold for 50 cents in the U.S. and 70 cents in Canada. My October 1963 DC National Comics issue of “Superboy” cost 12 cents then. Ok, so I did pay only 50 cents for it but do not know its worth. But then, it was purchased at a flea market with no fixed price..

    However, as Madeline said, older is better..

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