|An aerial view of Union Square Holiday Market –credit|
enter the 6 train at the stop further from my apartment, just so I can wander between
the booths and browse some hand-knit sweaters or inhale the sweet scents of
freshly made Nutella crepes.
|Shopping the market is always magical, if not a little chilly –credit|
|Vending is difficult, but worthwhile work –credit|
Accessing the bags among the chockfull booth was difficult enough, but unloading the cargo to find the correct item was near impossible in the tiny space. Standing cramped behind the table in our stall, there was barely enough room to reach over each other for a different size of a children’s dress, let alone access the credit card machine when making a sale from my designated corner.
|Back from Bali’s colorful booth –credit|
the booth turned off. And the power was out for the day.
|Like any good NYC destination, the Union Square Holiday Market is crowded at all hours –credit|
Later as the breeze began to pick up and the sun began to set –– Urbanspace, the organizers of the market, decided it had to close at 4:30 (it was originally scheduled to close at 8), leaving vendors hours short of their designated selling time. I felt terrible for the vendors— all of whom had planned, crafted, schlepped, set-up, and suffered to make their fantastic booths a reality. The inconvenience of the power outage is just one example of the unexpected disasters that can occur at an outdoor market (not to mention rain, snow, hail, and temporary frostbite), and experiencing it behind the booth gave me an even larger respect and understanding of what some vendors endure to share their products with New York.
|Preparing a market booth is no easy feat! –credit|
|It’s just so gorgeous! –credit|
The Union Square Holiday Market runs through December 24.