Walkabout 24 – the Pointy End

This weekend was the reality check!  the Pointy End of marketing!  In this area the only market that would allow us to sell our stuff was Rusty’s in the city.  It is really a fruit and vegie market, it runs for 3 days Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There are several jewellery sellers as well, the pearls and red corals were unbelievably cheap but still we haven’t got the spare cash unfortunately.  I would love to be able to wholesale the way they do and sell on as well.  Anyway not at this stage.  On Sunday there were 3 other people selling bric a brac and collectables.  A few other things like clothes and honey and jam and that sort of thing were also on sale.  Anyway after that lead in – we were there from 5 am to 5 pm on three days and sold what we would have sold at a normal market in 1 day.  It was an easy market in terms of energy expended as we could only have 1 or 2 tables and they cost almost $30 each.  So we didn’t have lots to look after and certainly we didn’t get the customers to look after either.  This was a market that catered for people with the disability of short arms and long pockets.  We did learn how to use our chrome shelves better though, for 2 days we set them up along the length of the tables and so had to talk to people through the shelves… not a good feel… so on Sunday we had the brainwave of putting them at right angles at each end of the table… what a difference.  So good that there is always something to be learnt to improve our techniques.

Alan went to another little market on Saturday morning where he bought the same amount of stock as he sold items.  Someone there explained to him that Cairns is not a town where people earn much money.  It is a tourist trap and what one pays for everything tells that story.  We thought Cooktown had captured that title.  At least in Cairns we got value for the money but it was expensive.

It wasn’t all not good.  Vince and Christine (Al’s brother and sister) and I spent a morning in the Botanical gardens.  I have put the link to the picasa page next.  It was a feast of exotica.  Such gorgeous colours and shapes as the tropics produce. 


I don’t have names unfortunately nor which are natives or not.  Suffice it to say that it was food for the soul.  We walked through the heliconias, the palms and then over the boardwalk towards the lakes which are in the pictures.  It was good to do the walking with enthusiasts, mainly Chris I must say – but Vince was happy to be with us. 

We also watched the Springboks being defeated by the All Blacks – disappointing for me of course that the Bokke lost but it was also unlucky to be surrounded by Kiwis.  At least the people at our table were pretty civilised, more than could be said about the people at the neighbouring tables.  My tongue was ‘bleeding’ by the end of the game.  They cheered so spitefully at each Springbok  penalisation.  Of course the All Blacks never did anything wrong – each penalty was a refereeing mistake!!   Unless it was Nonu who for some reason was their most hated player!  One woman even complained loudly that the South Africans were very ‘rough’!!  Such a gentle game is rugby!!   I compensated by cheering over everyone every time the Bokke did something good… I ululated loudly when we scored a try.  It was quite weird how after the game the space emptied and Australia and Argentina had almost no spectators there.  We left at half-time, had an early start the next day.

Vince introduced us to someone who had some stuff to sell, it was good stuff and we are happy with our buy so it wasn’t all disaster as far as the marketing goes, but we won’t give Cairns the time again.  It is a good place though and I so enjoyed eating at the waterfront last night and stopping for a bit to watch the talented young man giving his fire show… and then this morning Chris treated us to breakfast at her hotel also on the waterfront – such a lovely view of the bay. 

A picture I took in 2009 – gives the idea…


Onwards to new fields, Mission Beach and places in between.


About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.
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