Anyone go to the new Naas Market this Sunday?
Judging by the stream of cars coming in people must have thought the same as me: A weekly car boot sale every Sunday in Naas is a brilliant idea.
Well, there was only a handful of stalls with frankly what was over-priced tat. What a disappointment. The restaurant was a disaster. I saw 3 staff members try to organise a baby bowl for somebody. After asking the same 3 staff members then the chef himself for some lunch, we gave it up as a bad job and left.
Teething problems? Perhaps.
Would I go back next week to give it another go, to see if there were more stalls, more car boots and some food? Not a chance!
Quite simply, we were all charged €2 to enter the market.
€2 might not seem a lot, but to me, this sums up everything wrong with Celtic Tiger Ireland. It's that short-term gain mentality that bugs me, businesses using the chance to fleece people for whatever they can, while they can, instead of thinking of the long-term. What makes it worse is that we pay it.
Any car boot sale I've been to before makes their profit from the stall holders. Naas charges only €20 per car boot or stall. I maintain that people are more likely to come back, week in and week out, and spend their cash, if they can park for free. Instead it will fizzle out and never get off the ground because of short-term money-grubbing.
I was wondering would that market be any good, glad I didnt waste my time. they are going to get a much smaller crowd because of that 2euro.
I paid a visit to this yesterday. There were a fair few stalls and a really nice atmosphere in the place. For the kids there's a free bouncy castle and play area and most importantly its indoors. With more stalls, it could be good. I didn't try the food.
The downside in all of this is the €2 parking charge and I've no doubt that it will put people off. Fairyhouse Market have engaged in this practise for years as well. The only difference with Naas is that when you pay your €2 you get a voucher sheet entitling you to food and stall discounts. There's also discount vouchers on the back for local businesses.
I recommend giving it a visit, but it may not be everyones cup of tea.
PS: €20 for a stall is good value, but a bit pricey if you are just heading up to car boot it. And I think the carbooters should be segregated from the stall holders. The mix doesn't sit well.
I went to the Market in Naas yesterday, 2 euro to park, a little steep,but not too bad.
What pushed me was the stall holder who started ranting and cursing at some young fella, my little lad was shocked by the potty mouth of this stall holder, who then started shouting to other stall holders (don't know what language its was , but not english)
Now, I don't know what happened to cause all this, but the cursing from this stall holder was way beyond what ANY person should have to listen to.
what ever happened to " the customer is always right??"
Anyway, I might go back, pity they would open the back entrance as I could walk to the market from my house.
I went to the market in naas on sunday just gone. I brought herself and the two kids. The 2 euro is a bit off putting but we had a good day. The highlight was the kids havin a go at the pony rides. Someone told us that there was a hundred stalls there which was good.
I had beef with mash and veg in the restaurant and it was ok.
The kids had a go in the playground and the eldest 3 1/2 got her facepainted. I thought it was grand and herself wants to go back in a couple of weeks. ?????
The wife and I went to the Naas market yesterday, I didnt mind paying the 2 euros as this is the run of the charge for parking your car, the boot sale in Kilkenny has been charging for parking for years. It was a nice day out and liked the selection of stalls inside and out, the wife liked the cosmetics and jewelery stalls. Will defo be going again, so big thumbs up to Naas Market. There was a good stream of people there yesterday. The Punchestown market what day of the week does it operate on? Is it big? and what hours is it open?
Glad to hear that there are far more stalls than originally. As I said in my original post, Naas needs something like this and It would be a shame if it wasn't a success.
Out of curiosity, how much were the pony rides and the face painting?
If they were free, fair enough. After all they are charging admission.
Pony rides were 3 euro, dont know about the face painting
Facepainting is free (AFAIK) along with the bouncy castle and play area.(INDOOR) The pony rides are being supplied by a petting farm that are paying rent to be there, so its not unreasonable to charge.
I went to this on Sunday - I paid €2 to park my car - there was myself, partner, and three kids - that's five people for €2....I really don't see any problem with that ! We had a very nice day - weather wasn't great but there were a fair few stalls with a good variety of stuff - some good bargains to be had alongside the inevitable tat. Kids really enjoyed the (free) bouncy castle and the (not free but reasonable) pony rides. I have to say the lady there doing the face painting (also free) was excellent - she was extremely busy but had great patience with the kids and did a fantastic job on each and every one - best face painting our kids ever had done (and they have had a lot !) We will go back again next week for that alone - €2 for 3 very happy kids
Hi there, can anyone tell me if this is the only market in Naas on a Sunday as I heard there is one in the village too or am I mistaken. Which one is the best for car booters and is it alright for carbooters to sell scones and bread????
I am heading there on Sunday morning
there's a farmers market in hedermans bridge car park on a Saturday morning if that the one you heard of. Only food as far as i know
There's a carboot/market in Caragh GAA on Sunday morning. Sellers should get there for at least 7am.
anyone notice people selling records at Naas or Caragh boots?
What kind of records are you looking for?