Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
Sundays in Jamaica tend to be quiet, but things have come alive in St Andrew, thanks to Market at The Lawn, a seasonal, open-air market held at Devon House. It rivals that of the downtown craft market, but in addition to art-and-craft items, there are local fashion, furniture, jewellery and ground produce.
According to founder, Kaili McDonnough Scott, Market at The Lawn has some of the best bargains in Jamaica. She said what she decided on was a market, which would be a cross between a farmers' market and an upscale flea market.
"There are so many nice things with different vendors from all over Jamaica. We try to promote the local vendor from as far as Negril. It's free, persons can come and hang out, grab some food, walk around, relax and shop," Scott said.
Market at the Lawn was established three years ago and is held on the last Sunday of the month (in season) and on additional Sundays in December before the holidays to shop for unique items. "At first it was challenging to sell the idea to the vendors and patrons, but it takes at least a year before anything takes off in Jamaica. People really seem to enjoy the vibe," Scott said.
WARMING UP TO IDEA
Market at The Lawn is growing and people are finally warming up to the idea. Scott said she is looking forward to the next three events scheduled for November 25, December 16 and December 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "It is a start to the Christmas holiday season, and with the wide variety of items, shoppers can find great local gift ideas for their family. Christmas trees will be available too."
Prices, she said, are kept low and most of the vendors are repeat participants. Scott said the only challenge they face is ensuring that the vendors make good sales, which is challenging because of what they are selling.
That is why the market is seasonal. Organisers try to determine the best time to stage a market.