Shoppers stock up at final Ladner Village Market day of the season
The Ladner Village Market recorded a "perfect" season as the last market day of the year Sunday (Sept. 9) continued a rain-free streak.
"I don't know how, but it didn't rain, and it should have," said market organizer Bill McKnight who said overall attendance at the popular street market remained steady this year.
On Sunday, the streets were busy pretty much from before the 10 a.m. opening until closing that afternoon as many shoppers were intent on stocking up on some of their favourite items.
"We must have had about 20 of our vendors sell completely out of their products," said McKnight, adding he felt the final day had a heightened sense of festivity with three live entertainers providing music at various points in the village.
Despite the large crowds throughout the summer, McKnight he doubts whether next year's edition will feature an expanded market.
"Bigger is not always better," he said. "If we have seven vendors selling jewelry, does having 17 make it better? No, it just makes it bigger."
This season, the market did expand into some new categories of goods with sales of fresh yogurt and flowers.
"We've also increased in the number of people selling produce, local and organic," McKnight said.
It will take another three weeks of so to complete dismantling the market and store away signage and equipment. Then in January planning will start on the 2013 edition.