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tourists and visitors over the summer. The diversity and creativity on this
market is exceptional — and everything is top quality, as you would expect for a market serving such a well-heeled community.
On the creative, crafty side of Lymington market is Alesney Designs, a colourful stall run by sisters Alison Muter and Lesley Yates, who are 69 and 67 respectively.
Both are self-proclaimed “fabricolics”. Alison said: “We can’t stop buying beautiful fabrics and now we have made a business out of our love for fabrics and sewing.”
Sewing is in their blood — their grandfather was a pattern cutter at a Nottingham lace factory and generations
before him worked in the lace industry. Lesley explained that their business was
started almost by accident. “Alison was doing some cooking and I said she should get a nice apron. She said she didn’t like any of the ones on sale — so we started making our own.”
They extended the range to include items like oven gloves, bedding accessories and cushions, and decided that Lymington market was the perfect place to sell their colourful products.
Other businesses include art work, gifts and handmade products of every kind. Artist Aimee Darnell is typical of the
quality of the artwork showcased on the market. Aimee’s husband Pete manages more than 30 nature reserves in Hampshire and Aimee loves painting
FEATURE • LYMINGTON scenes of nature and the bird and animal
life around where she lives.
“I am inspired by nature and after I
wrote three books about the New Forest I got a lot of interest from people enquiring about the artwork I had illustrated the books with,” she said.
Aimee decided she should try selling them in a more business-like way and the market was the obvious place for her original watercolours and prints.
“This market is my perfect shop window,” Aimee said. “The footfall is fantastic. A lot of visitors and tourists love Lymington and come back year after year. I make a lot of sales and get commissions, which is great for me.”
The market has a strong representation of artists of every kind, but one of the
   Jo Kelly and Keith Wanless are two of the market supervisors who help run the market
 Sisters Lesley Yates (left) and Alison Muter are self-proclaimed “fabricolics” who have a thriving market business selling aprons, oven gloves and other items they make themselves from the colourful fabrics they can’t stop collecting
 John and Sue Sings have a busy business selling plants on the market where they first set up stall back in 1973 to make a bit of extra money to buy their first home together

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