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  Gilda Naumann and her son Alan Davies are pictured on the organic fruit and veg stall owned by a Stroud-based business, Global Organic Markets
Mary Shiner, or Vintage Mary, as her fellow traders call her, has been selling vintage items on the shambles market since 1980
Roy Lewis has been on the indoor market for 20 years selling jewellery, watches and vintage dresses
  And Mary Shiner — or Vintage Mary, as some of the traders call her — has been a fixture on the Shambles for even longer.
Roy Lewis says he has done well selling jewellery, watches and vintage dresses for 20 years by following what his customers buy and switching lines accordingly. “It’s a brilliant market,” said Roy, who has had a shop in the past but says he is so much happier on the market.
“We shared a shop on the outskirts and I started selling on the market in the hope that it would encourage people to come to the book shop,” Ron said.
She specialises in paintings of vintage motorbikes and aircrafts, but she can turn her artistic talents to anything.
“That didn’t happen but the stall took off, so I have carried on with it,” he said.
Kirsty’s unusual arty business is spot on for Stroud’s Shambles market, where you can find just about anything and everything that is not branded or mass produced.
Each indoor trader brings something different to the market and they all have a loyal following.
Talented artist Kirsty Tallon, who runs Broody Designs, sells her beautiful artwork and cards featuring vintage aircraft and motorcycles on the indoor market
l Market Days: The Shambles markets run on Fridays and Saturdays. There is a popular farmers market at the Corn Market every Saturday.
 l Market Rent: From £8 to £14.50 a day.
l Stroud’s claim to fame: Located on a steep hill on the western edge of the Cotswolds, Stroud was once a cloth town but these days it is best known as an arty, independent town with a free spirit and strong green credentials. The organic food movement started in the town and there is a popular farmers market started in 1999 by Jasper Conran and Isabella Blow.
“I started selling bric-a-brac all those years ago and I have just kept going,” said Mary, who has a vast offer of everything from cake tins and wooden spoons to vintage linens.
The indoor market is generally less busy, but well worth a visit because of the mix of handmade cards, pictures, vintage jewellery, second-hand books and much more.
And Kirsty Tallon has built her business on the indoor market. A talented artist, Kirsty studied science at university, but now she does well with her specialist business, Broody Designs, selling greeting cards and taking artwork commissions.
Ron has been selling books here since 1995. After working first as an estate agent, then as a civil servant, Ron and his wife followed their hearts and set up a second-hand book business, R and R Books.
“I have always loved painting and when I was at university friends used to ask me to paint things like motorbikes on their leather jackets,” Kirsty said.

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