Fewer people through doors at craft market

Helen Coulter shows off the giant flowers she repurposed from old LP records at the Latitude 46 Craft Market at the Southland Indoor Bowling Club in Invercargill on Saturday.

ATTENDANCE numbers were down at the Latitude 46 Craft Market this year compared with past years, market president Wendy Butler said.

The group would normally host between 1500 and 2000 people each day. This year, numbers had dwindled to about 800 each day.

Mrs Butler believed the numbers might have been affected by other community events such as the Santa Parade, and the Southern Artisan Christmas Fete at Lochiel.

Nevertheless, there was a steady flow of customers.

“The customers that have come in, are happy to come and happy to buy from their crafty people.”

More customers were buying this year than in the past, everything that has been going on we were just happy to be able to hold it”.

“So many events had been cancelled.”

Mrs Butler said navigating the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions had been a difficult task for the organisation to work through.

The Latitude 46 group had received conflicting information about what was allowed and not allowed, depending on who was called.

“People don’t know which way to go with it [the regulations].

“We almost decided not to do it. I can certainly understand why so many others have cancelled [events].’’