Page 17 - MarketTimesOctober2013
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       Louise Rowson is a new recruit to market trading. In a relatively short time she has built up a thriving business selling shabby chic gifts and home items
Andrew Halliday sells the picture frames he makes himself
Since being made redundant from her role as a receptionist at an advertising agency in nearby Harrogate, she has found her feet on Otley market selling shabby chic gifts and accessories.
“We have a cottage and I love all the shabby chic accessories. It is easy to sell what you love,” said Louise, who is a cheerful and friendly asset on the market.
But to my mind, talking of shabby chic, the stalls on Otley market are most definitely the former, not the latter.
It’s a picture-postcard setting that any TV scout might pick for an authentic market town scene.
So perhaps Leeds City Council should look at upgrading the stalls to reflect the market’s celebrity status?
Brian Murphy, too busy to pose for the camera, is the fourth generation of the family to stand Otley market selling fruit and veg
 l MarketDays:Tuesday,FridayandSaturday.Thereis a farmers’ market on the last Saturday of each month
l MarketRent:Rentis£2.85alinearmeteronthe square on Tuesdays. Traders on Kirkgate pay £18 on Fridays and £16.90 on Saturdays. Rent is £15.75 on the square on Fridays and £14.65 on Saturdays
l Otley’sClaimtoFame:OtleyinWestYorkshireisan attractive market town on the River Wharfe in Lower Wharfedale. It is a rural community that prospered on the wool trade. Worsted mills were once big employers, followed by printing works. The famous London cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale was born here in the early 18th century. Nowadays people work in a variety of employments and many commute to Leeds.

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