Glad wraps up her market stall

SUNDAY will see Glad Fleming pack up her stall after 30 years at the Sunday markets.

Mrs Fleming will turn 80 on February 24 and has decided this weekend will be her swansong as the owner of the 'Glad's Originals' stall at the Jetty Markets, which can be found beside the cacti stall.

Glad began selling handmade dolls' clothes to help supplement her single mother's pension after she lost her husband to cancer.

She sold her dolls' clothes and later also her original artworks, cards and 'bits and pieces' at markets at the Bray Street shopping centre, then the Coffs Harbour Drive-In and finally the Jetty Markets, where she was one of the original stallholders and a unit holder in the markets.

In the early days her youngest child would be in her pram or playpen while Glad sold her wares.

She said girls no longer played with dolls as much as they once did.

“Little girls aren't interested; they are more into computer games and things like that. I think it's sad,” she said

A member of Sawtell Art Group and Coffs Harbour Orchid Society, Glad said she would keep on supplying local art groups with cards, but next week she would be staying at home on Sundays with her family, her art and her orchids.

“It's a long and heavy day at the markets from quarter past six until I get home at 3pm,” Glad said.

“I don't think I'm capable of driving much longer”.

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