The small town of Urmston is the place I call home and for as long as I have lived here, too many years to mention, there has always been a bustling market, 3 days a week.
Sadly as with all towns, the big malls & out of town retailers have taken over in recent years and our once well loved market has become a shadow of its former self. Luckily for the town of Urmston, the residents are very passionate about where they live and the market is a big part of our daily lives that we don’t want to lose.
To try and rejuvenate interest and attract younger shoppers, a vintage and craft market has started trading on the last Saturday of every month. This weekend was only the second event of its kind and along with the warm sunny weather, which no doubt helped, the market was indeed a hive of activity again.
It’s early days and there is still plenty of room for improvement and many stalls still vacant but there were some great traders and it can only get better with time and the right marketing (no pun intended!)
Some of the best stalls on Saturday, that I saw, were selling a range of vintage and retro homewares & kitchenalia, Mrs M Vintage has a great selection and a splendid little shop further up from the Market, on Flixton Road. Lovely hand knitted and crochet items from Little Knitted Stars including super cute, hand knitted Easter chicks and eggs in a birds nest, hand stitched gifts and cards from Lydia Blythe, shabby chic inspired gift ware from Belle Amour Home and home baked cakes from Mooreish Baking and puddings from Jo’s Cheshire Kitchen who provided me with the best gluten free sticky toffee pudding I could have imagined, a delicious mothers day treat, so thanks Jo!
Other great regular traders provided second hand books, plants & flowers and haberdashery.