Kiwiana stall one of 330 at market

Seacliff artist Cathie McCarthy turns second-hand junk into art and fun kiwiana which she will...
Seacliff artist Cathie McCarthy turns second-hand junk into art and fun kiwiana which she will sell at the Thieves' Alley Market Day on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Transforming someone else's junk into a kiwiana treasure is a pastime and a passion for Cathie McCarthy.

The Seacliff artist has been creating art since she was a child and will be selling her "original creations", called "funkiwiana", at the Thieves' Alley Market Day in Dunedin on Saturday.

After originally painting and selling terracotta flower pots, she wanted to find another way to express herself when buying new pots got too costly. So, she visits garage sales and second hand shops and buys items she can "embellish in some way".

"I just get an enormous amount of pleasure from doing it," she said.

The market, organised by the Dunedin City Council, will feature about 330 stalls, children's entertainment and live music.

Organiser Hazel Murtagh said the market was one of the biggest in the South Island and one of Dunedin's largest events.

Cruise ship Amsterdam will also be in port on Saturday, boosting numbers in the city by about 1400.

The market runs from 10am to 4pm in the Octagon and surrounding streets.



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