GOOD DEAL: Paul Ghent from Brisbane looking for a treasure in the record section, at the Lismore Car Boot Market.
GOOD DEAL: Paul Ghent from Brisbane looking for a treasure in the record section, at the Lismore Car Boot Market. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Picking up some market booty 25 years down the road

ON ITS 25th anniversary, Lismore Car Boot Markets proved why it is loved by so many.

More than 1000 bargain hunters trawled through hundreds of stalls yesterday in search of unique crafts, classic vinyl records, petite vintage dresses and other weird and wonderful knick-knacks.

The event's manager, Marny Bonner, was impressed by the turnout and said the iconic markets have developed a loyal clientele by being held in Lismore Shopping Square car park where they are sheltered from the elements.

"When it's wet, people don't have much else to do but they can always come down here and enjoy the markets," she said.

"We get busloads of people from Grafton and the Gold Coast coming down to visit the market because they can rely on it."

REFRESHING: Ron Kleindiek, Ron the Coffee Man, as he is known at the market, celebrating 25 years of the Lismore Car Boot Market.
REFRESHING: Ron Kleindiek, Ron the Coffee Man, as he is known at the market, celebrating 25 years of the Lismore Car Boot Market.

 

The Booty, as it is fondly known, started humbly as a source of self-employment for Ms Bonner and her former partner. However, the once-a-month markets soon grew to be held on the first and third Sunday of every month.

"Our first market in January 1988 had 65 stall holders and the next ones had 78, 110, 130 and so on. We really couldn't contain the demand," Ms Bonner said.

"We get busloads of people from Grafton and the Gold Coast coming down to visit the market because they can rely on it."

The event now employs eight locals and has been a starting point for many entertainers and businesses which have gone on to open shops in Lismore's CBD.

Ron Kleindiek, who has been operating a coffee stall at the markets for the past 13 years, was convinced The Booty is the best market on the Northern Rivers.

"It has 80% locals and I know most of my customers by their first name," he said yesterday. "You get students, the GLBTI community and ambulance drivers coming to pick up their coffees.

"It's a wonderful place to be."

STAYERS: Irene and Allan Robinson have been selling goods at the car boot market for the past 25 years.
STAYERS: Irene and Allan Robinson have been selling goods at the car boot market for the past 25 years.


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