poetry and prose about place

results of the Christmas sale

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On this past Saturday, I had the fun of being a vendor at Sandra’s Market Fredericton. This was the first experience of its kind for me, although I have attended such sales for years.


Overall, I had a great time! The venue at the Delta was beautiful, not crowded, and set-up was easy. The other vendors were pleasant and very interesting to talk to. A couple of good friends stopped by and there were lots of shoppers. I took a book to read, but watching the people at the sale was too much fun to miss. I sold five books and three paintings, including the painting ‘teaberries’, seen below.


I think the best part of the sale was talking to the various shoppers about their experiences picking berries and gathering wild plants. A couple of people mentioned battling the squirrels for hazelnuts. Many of the older shoppers said their berry picking days were over due to ailments. A few people were interested in identifying edible mushrooms.



December 8, 2016 ‘teaberries’ Jane Tims (acrylic) 8″ x 8″ $30 (SOLD)



Gaultheria procumbens


first gathering in spring

thick leaves as leather crush

weep wintergreen

oil infuses pale tea

milk to swell aroma

sugar and midnight sparks

sweet steam meets breath

aspirin makes undelicate

my heart


The leaves of Eastern teaberry or American wintergreen contain oil of wintergreen; the chemical in this oil is methyl salicylate, known for its anti-inflammatory properties and closely related to aspirin. Methyl salicylate will build up an electrical charge when dried with sugar and rubbed. In Quebec, the plant is known as la petit thé du bois (little tea of the woods). Flowers are waxy, nodding, bell-shaped and white.



Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

December 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

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  1. Happy New Year Jane!

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    Watching Seasons

    January 8, 2017 at 4:05 am

  2. It sounds like a fun day. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year!

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    January 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    • Hi Sheryl. Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. I have been very lazy about my blogging but will be back later this week. Jane


      jane tims

      January 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

  3. Buon Natale

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    December 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  4. It was great to see you and talk to you on Sunday, Jane. I enjoyed the craft fair as well and got several little goodies. So glad you sold some books and some paintings. Well done.

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    December 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

    • Hi Roger. Quite an experience and, effort for effort, not a bad way to sell a few books. Bought a few things myself! Jane

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      jane tims

      December 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      • I enjoyed myself as I said. Next time, I’ll bring some books along and we might consider a double literary act. Maybe I could sell some cartoons!?

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        December 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      • Great idea. More for the shoppers to look at and buy!

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        jane tims

        December 15, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      • Let’s talk about it at a later date … but it may well be a good idea … better than selling in solitude …

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        December 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  5. I did many sales years ago and enjoyed them immensely. Many friendships were made over the years. I look forward to the Christmas at the Market sale each year as many of the vendors from 25-30 years ago still participate. Always fun to chat with them.
    Like you, I think the best part is chatting with people, hearing their stories, and learning where the item I have created is going, and why it would be special to the recipient.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Would you do it again?

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    December 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • Hi. Oh yes, I will likely do this again next year. The five books sold may not sound like much but I have put out more effort and sold fewer books. The time passed quickly and I also bought some great products from other vendors – jam, boot warmers, cards and chocolates! Also some good friends stopped by, some I haven’t seen recently! Jane


      jane tims

      December 14, 2016 at 10:59 pm

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