Easter market tradition returns in style

Tumut Bazaar organiser Valda Gorissen with husband Bill.

Tumut’s much-loved Easter Bazaar was held on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, with hundreds of locals and tourists passing through to check out the items on offer and spend a day in the sun.

The markets were sadly cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so everyone was thrilled that this year’s event could go ahead as planned.

There were dozens of stalls for market goers to peruse, featuring everything from food to plants, home decor to books, and collectibles to tools. 

For some stallholders it was their first time at the Tumut Bazaar, whilst others have been coming for decades. 

Narelle Wilson from Wagga has been returning for around eight years and said that the event is so good for the local area. Her stall neighbour Sharon from Tumut agreed, hosting a stall for the first time this year and saying what a great way it is to generate pocket money as a senior.

Also a first-time stallholder was Shae Smith of Gundagai, who has been making macrame wall decorations for around three years now.

John Glascott, also from Gundagai, sells his wares at the Tumut Bazaar every year. He said that the market for collectibles is dwindling, with the business struggling even before Covid. His store in Gundagai – Junque and Disorderly – relies heavily on tourists, and he would love to see more locals stopping by.

Tumut Bazaar organiser Valda Gorissen has been organising the event for 29 years, and said “it was so good to be back” after having to cancel last year.

She said that events such as this are so good for the town and local area, bringing in visitors from across the country.

This year in particular, Mrs Gorissen noted that stallholders from out of town had secured accommodation beyond the market’s duration, choosing to stay in Tumut a bit longer and explore the local region.

A portion of the proceeds from the markets will be going towards Riding for the Disabled, Mrs Gorissen said.