If you live somewhere around North Goa, you’ve probably heard of the Pop-it-up flea market curated by Bhakti Hirani and Natasha Parekh. These young entrepreneurs have taken Goa’s home-based commercialism to a whole new level by providing a platform to other young entrepreneurs and small, creative businesses to showcase their talent and make a living from it.
Back in June, they organised the Monsoon Flea which consisted of stalls that sold clothes, eatables, jewelry, home decor and other little trinkets. They received an amazing response in terms of number of people that attended, and this October, they’re hosting the Winter Flea. Granted, it’s a little early to call it ‘winter’ in Goa, but what the hell!
I set up shop at the Monsoon Flea last time, where I sold apparel and accessories from my own label, ‘Ruffles’. It was an incredible experience to have people love and buy something that I created with the help of my mum, who is also my business partner, FYI.
This month, Ruffles is back with a new collection of apparel and accessories, some of which are designed by us and others that are outsourced. We’ve got a collection of the latest trends- Off shoulder tops, cold shoulder tops, printed tank tops, the works! So if you’re into fashion, be sure to come check us out at stall 31!
I’m not the only one from Burgers and Brownies who’s setting up a stall at the Winter Flea this time, though. Marlon, from B&B is setting up a Barbecue stall along with two of his buddies, Wesley Maciel and Raj Pednekar called ‘Uncle Benny’s BBQ’. They’re going to be serving mouth watering barbecued chicken in two sauces- Schezwan and Original Barbecue; with hummus, garlic bread, salad, garlic sauce/mint chutney and pickles. Yep, that’s a lot of stuff for one plate. If you’re a vegetarian, fear not, for they will also be serving a vegetarian option. For those of you who are just looking to quench your thirst, there will also be fresh, chilled lemonade.
Just like us, there’ll be other creative stalls selling their own handmade or ready-made products. Not just that, there will also be live music and spot prizes! So come one, come all and spend your Sunday the right way at Pop it up: The Winter Flea.
So if you plan on attending the Winter Flea, do stop by at Ruffles and Uncle Benny’s to say hello! See you on the 9th of October at the Taleigao Community Hall from 11am-8pm. Toodles!!