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