News

Car boot market celebrates 25 years

25 YEARS YOUNG: Lismore Car Boot Market celebrates a quarter century this Sunday under Lismore Shopping Square. PHOTOS: NATSKY
25 YEARS YOUNG: Lismore Car Boot Market celebrates a quarter century this Sunday under Lismore Shopping Square. PHOTOS: NATSKY

LISMORE Car Boot Market will celebrate 25 years of small business incubation this Sunday and market manager Marny Bonner is as excited about the future as she is proud of the past.

"On so many levels the Car Boot Market has enriched our community," said Marny.

"Markets are the most ancient form of community trading, bartering, exchange of information or simply just socialising. After 25 years we are thriving on the most basic of community needs and I love that."

Based at the city hub of the Rainbow Region, the Lismore Car Boot Market under Lismore Shopping Square on the first and third Sundays of each month has helped countless small operators blossom into thriving family businesses. Children who accompanied their parents now have market stalls themselves, or bring their own children to the monthly event.

Marny has been co-ordinating the show since its inception in 1988 and says she feels privileged to experience the market as it has matured over the years.

"It's a real honour to earn a living helping other people earn a living," she said.

"It is fascinating for me to see the ingenuity of people and I am proud of our role as a small business incubator. Nothing is lost and everything is gained for those who try it in terms of experience."

Hundreds of local artisans, craftspeople and traders have started small scale at the Car Boot and gone on to bigger things. Buskers have entertained, farmers have shared their produce and the community has gathered to chat, eat, shop and relax.

Lismore City Council Business Facilitator Mark Batten said the economic stimulus it has created is phenomenal. About 6000 people visit the market each time and it is estimated this injects between $1.3 and $2.4 million into the Lismore economy each year. The market has enabled charities and community groups to raise in excess of $500,000. Of course it has also allowed thousands of people to make and market unique products and establish home-based businesses.

"Markets are the place where a passion can become a hobby, where the hobby grows into a service, skill or product, and this in turn becomes a fledgling small business family enterprise. Many well-known craftspeople, chefs and retailers have lived this story," Mark Batten said

Mayor Jenny Dowell said the Lismore Car Boot Market is a wonderful showcase for the region and it is estimated around 30% of visitors are from outside Lismore.

"I honestly believe it's the best market in the region - there is such an enormous variety and the location is perfect. Whether it's stinking hot weather or pouring rain, the Car Boot Market is always on," Cr Dowell said.

"Whether you're buying or just browsing, you can take in the whole Northern Rivers in an hour's visit and get a taste of what our region has to offer."

A new Development Application for the continued approval of the market is working its way through the Lismore City Council's planning department and it is expected that it will be granted with no changes.


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Lismore has diversity Byron had and wants to keep it

(From left) Christopher Woodward, Shanon Robb, Lora-Jean Damen and Sabrina Major model the clothes for the new fashion event Threads which will take place at the Back Alley Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Low income earners need to be able to afford to remain in Lismore

Lismore Eisteddfod is in need of funds to secure its future

Rachel Beck  Photo Contributed

Search is on to find new patrons to save iconic event.

A bishop of balance built his flock

SADDENED: Service for Bishop Satterthwaite at Lismore Cathedral

Bishop Satterthwaite was given a warm farewell this week.

Latest deals and offers

Thankful for his life and impetus to become a champion

Kalon is grateful to the rescue helicopter paying a visit to the public school for making the Westpac service its charity of the month.

Lismore has diversity Byron had and wants to keep it

(From left) Christopher Woodward, Shanon Robb, Lora-Jean Damen and Sabrina Major model the clothes for the new fashion event Threads which will take place at the Back Alley Gallery. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Low income earners need to be able to afford to remain in Lismore

Lismore Eisteddfod is in need of funds to secure its future

Rachel Beck  Photo Contributed

Search is on to find new patrons to save iconic event.

A bishop of balance built his flock

SADDENED: Service for Bishop Satterthwaite at Lismore Cathedral

Bishop Satterthwaite was given a warm farewell this week.

South Lismore Primary’s Miss World hopeful says ‘she can’

SHE CAN: Miss World finalist Janaya Everingham outside her old primary school.

Lismore's Miss World Finalist makes it happen for Variety charity

BUDGET 2016: Tax cuts for firms pulling in up to $10m

Australian Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks at the despatch box during the delivery of the 2016-17 Federal Budget in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra,

It will cost the federal government $5.3 billion in lost revenue

Maudeville is back, brighter and shinier than ever

DIVA: Maude Boat as MC of the Cabaret Show at a previous Tropical Fruit’s New Year Eve Party in Lismore.

IN A city full of divas, only one reigns supreme: Maude Boate.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances