Gifts, gifts and more gifts. Whether you’re looking for a birthday present or a Mother’s Day thank-you, there’s no better showcase than the Pure Boland Market for creative gifts from the Breede Valley.
Marietjie Kock’s business Afrisjiek is a little treasure trove of useful but beautiful ceramics. To Marietjie, pottery is a 20-year hobby that gradually turned into a side-line business.
“I’m actually a lecturer at Kaleidoscope SA. I conduct computer classes to adults who became blind later in life. That’s my day job,” she says.
Her pottery hobby slowly became a small business as she sold some of her creations to friends, and set up a stall at a local Christmas market. She later took her collection to festivals such as KKNK and Innibos. Almost a year ago, she added Pure Boland Market to her schedule and nowadays it is her only distribution point in Worcester.
She describes her ceramics as hand-made items for everyday use – dishwasher and microwave safe – as well as ceramic jewellery. “And I don’t take special orders as I only create items that I enjoy making.” Because all her work is done by hand and “perfect in its imperfection”, Marietjie hopes that each item will be appreciated and enjoyed for its uniqueness.
Products by Patrick: Leather handbags
“His products are of excellent quality.” “I bought one over a year ago and I haven’t regretted it one bit.” “Couldn’t believe how affordable it was.”
The praise for Patrick Sibanda’s genuine leather handbags is abundant. Customers attest to the beauty, quality, durability and affordability of the creations by this Wolseley resident.
Patrick does horse handling by day and says he came to Wolseley from Zimbabwe in 2007. About two years ago, he started his bag-making business to earn a second income. Where does he find the time? After hours, of course.
Everything from the design to the stitching is done by Patrick himself, and the inside of each bag is as beautiful and neat as the outside.
Patrick takes orders for custom-designed bags. He isn’t limited to handbags either and can deliver larger travel bags and a few random leather products such as belts.
His stall is one of the popular stops at the Pure Boland Market, which he attends every single month.
Tom’s Fat Plantz: Succulents and ceramics
One of the joys of browsing through a local market, is the discovery of gifts that you’ll find nowhere else. The succulents-in-ceramics at Tom’s Fat Plantz fit the description perfectly.
Artist Tom Potgieter not only sells his uniquely created ceramics at the Pure Boland Market, but combines it with some of the most intriguing indigenous succulents South Africa has to offer.
Tom says he lost the use of his right hand in 2008 and had to switch from creating ceramics on his pottery wheel, to shaping his artwork completely by hand. As he had a keen interest in succulents already, it dawned on him that he could combine the two.
The result is an endless supply of living works of art, perfect for an empty spot that needs sprucing up or a dash of green.
Apart from succulents, Tom also works with and sells bonsai trees. With the help of fellow Worcester artist Johann Venter, Tom has been setting up shop at the Pure Boland Market for the past seven years or so, a stint which he hopes to continue well into the future.
Met Hart: Hand-made little gifts
Small gifts straight from the heart – something inexpensive that will bring joy to someone else. This is how Mathilda Ley describes her business.
Her Met Hart (with heart) stall features a wide array of creative novelty gifts that are both simple and trendy. Mathilda takes plain, everyday items and reworks them into pretty, decorative utensils with a twist.
“I left my nursing job two years ago and started doing this for an income. I love giving, so I want others to be able to give as well without forking out a lot of money.”
She gets her ideas from everywhere – Pinterest, a magazine maybe, pretty pieces of paper that she comes across…any useable surface that can do with a loving touch gets her head working.
The ideas flow so freely that she can run little popup shops from home every now and again. “We have a huge oak tree at our house and people just come and unwind or sit down with us and talk when we open our garage on Friday nights or Saturday mornings.”
For visitors to the Pure Boland Market, there’s a guarantee that they’ll find something affordable and fun for upcoming events (think Mother’s Day or Christmas) as Mathilda lets herself be guided by the yearly calendar. “But my gifts are pretty much apt for any occasion.”
Shalan Styles: Clothing and accessories
Fatgia Panday runs her own clothing and accessory store in Worcester but Pure Boland has brought her in touch with a contingent of completely new buyers.
“I’ve been coming to the Groenstoor almost two years now. In the beginning, I only sold scarfs but gradually expanded to clothing,” she says. “Business was booming and to this day it means so much to my business that I’ll never give it up. Many of my customers at the shop only know me because of Pure Boland!”
She describes Shalan Styles as “a little bit of everything”. “I have a bit of a Bohemian collection, something for the fuller figure ladies, a hippie-style range. I buy what I like and what I think will sell well, but it’s always something that you will not find in a chain store.”
The colours, fabrics and prints at Fatgia’s stall are exquisite and many a local lady have found signature items that set them apart from the pack. And they’ll be sure to find Fatgia there whenever they come. “I’m a born Worcesterian and I have no plans on missing out on the market. The vibe is great, the market is run extremely well and I’ve only ever received excellent feedback!”
Ouhout met Liefde: Wooden décor
Kobus and Charmaine Coetzee describes Ouhout met Liefde (old wood with love) as a stall that sells wooden décor for the home. Their signature items are heart and Africa-shaped wooden boards but also key holders, crosses and text decorations for the braai area or kitchen.
All Things Pretty: Beaded and fabric necklaces
Petro Swart originally sold wooden bead necklaces on behalf of her cousin from Malmesbury. Nowadays she runs her own business in the same vein, and her mom joined in. She has expanded her range to bracelets, deconstructed previously used necklaces that are being reworked into completely new creations, and combination necklaces of wooden beads and fabric strings. Scarfs, snoods and imported winter coats – all at affordable prices – round off her range.
Jesca Nosenga, originally from Zimbabwe, came to Worcester in 2009. The following year she joined the Pure Boland Market, where she still sells mostly crocheted bags (the smallest one sells at a mere R50!) but also the odd pot holder and the like.
Hand-made grater plates
Ephraim Chirengwa designs and produces hand-made grater plates that are especially suited for making garlic or ginger paste, finely grated chocolate, nuts and hard cheeses. They are also dishwasher safe.
Books from Protea Bookshop Worcester, of the countrywide Protea Bookshop group, are sold most market days.
Scrufzak leather bags
Scrufzak hand-made leather bags and other women’s accessories are a recent addition to the Groenstoor traders club.
Stukkies en Goeters: Wooden beads and home accessories
Bernadette van Greunen’s stall offers an array of chunky wooden beads, wooden decor and fabric accessories for decorating the home.
Sarie Esterhuyzen offers embroidered towel sets, kitchen linen, baby accessories and more.
The Dream Valley Soaps stall offers soaps and ointments containing a vast range of essential oils.
Crocheted and knitted fashion accessories
Linda Smit crochets and knits vintage-style fashion accessories such as boot cuffs, gloves, beanies and baby shawls.
Patchwork Cottage and Wooden Thoughts: Crafts
Adri and Dianne Brand met a couple of years ago thanks to their crafts. Adri runs Wooden Thoughts, making anything from carved bowls and serving trays to puzzles and Christmas trees. Diana’s Patchwork Cottage is known for its personalised keepsakes like memory quilts, hand-made teddy bears and the like.