Kamers vol Geskenke is renowned for its great locations. Kamers Autumn 2015 was at the Cape Town City Hall, with reserved parking space on the Grand Parade, although it took us two trips around the block to find the point of ingress. Right outside the City Hall itself there were a few food and drinks trucks arranged around a shaded area with tables and chairs, something you really appreciate on exiting the building, which gets quite warm and stuffy inside despite the open windows everywhere.
Halfway up the stairs, a friendly young man was selling Saltare MCC by the glass. At this point I realised that I didn’t have much cash on me, but it simply wasn’t a problem – nearly every exhibitor had a card machine or snapscan. Very convenient.
Inside, City Hall can be a rabbit warren but signs everywhere helped visitors keep on track, while plenty of bins ensured it stayed clean and environmentally friendly. There were even a few Guardian Angels courtesy of First for Women. We saw two of them carrying a pram down the main stairwell, the young mother and her child strolling leisurely along behind them.
The products on display were food, clothing, shoes, jewellery, and décor items. I even heard a mother say to her daughter as they were entering one of the rooms: “More jewellery?” in a somewhat crestfallen tone. The range may have been limited, but the quality and aesthetics of the products were undisputed.
For me, some of the best exhibitors were:
The Pendant Warehouse - beautiful handcrafted pendants, earrings, and rings
Pure Creation – striking light covers
LuMen Pretoria – artistic light bulbs
Simply Bee – Beeswax products
While City Hall presented the perfect backdrop to the vintage-inspired products, it is not suited to accommodating high volumes of people moving around between different rooms and floors. We went during business hours and shared the space mostly with young mothers and retired folk. As a result, we were able to browse in relative peace and with minimal “excuse me, please” nudges and prodding, but reports from the rest of the weekend indicated somewhat higher stress levels.
Regardless, Kamers is a nice bonding event, so take your mom or mother-in-law for an outing and maybe rather leave the boys at home. Go early, have a glass of bubbly, buy a pretty piece of clothing or jewellery, and have a snack and drink outside in the shade afterwards.