“Cheap ting is good ting,” is the bold assertion of a group of local artisans, who have teamed up to produce an alternative travelling art market (or ATAM), starting on July 1 at 11 Murray Street in Woodbrook. The Cheap Ting iz Good Ting! market was conceptualised by artist Michelle Isava. “The idea is a market for alternative commerce. It’s about investing in the consumer as much as she or he is expected to invest in the product—and so everyone should profit,” She explained.
A release from the collective said: “We Trinis are bred with the watch words ‘cheap ting no good’ and so easily fall prey to modern consumerist trend-baiting, spending exorbitant amounts on whatever ‘wearing now.” The Cheap Ting arts market “seeks to invest in the consumer by using unconventional methods that the everyday bargain-hunter would be drawn to.”
The assortment of products and services to be featured includes fashion, art and craft, food, jewelry, bags, pottery, sculpture, hand-made curios, second-hand haberdashery and books, do-it-yourself items, live entertainment, reflexology, and a resource of materials for artists producing recycled art.
Some of the innovative ideas behind the initiative include: • Bartering—trading products/services for others. • Haggling—allowing prices to be negotiable. • “Early-bird” pricing—special prices before 12 noon. • “Buy-Me-Out” pricing—reduced prices late in the day. The growing list of vendors taking part in the arts market includes: • The Cloth, designed by Robert Young, currently celebrating its 25th year as a local fashion label that champions culture and humanity. • Aya Impression, a collection of handmade items by Olivia Fern, including jewelry, bags, and a variety of accessories. • Gaea Photography, featuring compositions of natural, cultural, and inanimate beauty, from around T&T, Venezuela, Jamaica, Ireland, and Peru, also by Fern. • Artist Jemima Charles, whose media range from clay sculpture to batik lamp shades. • Portrait artist Brianna McCarthy, whose work recently graced the cover of ARC Art magazine. • CHIZ*L Mensware by Ivaek Archer: designer novelty underwear, fresh off the runway of Tobago Fashion Weekend 2011 • Artist: Renu. • Designer: Jafar. • Cheap Ting founder, Michelle Isava.
The event launch event will feature a mini-fashion show at 6 pm with live drumming and entertainment from Ozy Merique, poets and other performers.
• Hours of business will be: July 1, 4 pm-8 pm; July 2, 9 am-6 pm; and July 3, 11 am-6 pm. Interested people may call 762-0364 or visit the market’s blog on Facebook, Cheap Ting iz Good Ting.