The now infamous way for small independent traders to offer their steampunk wares to the cream of steampunk society, the Illicit Market is a combination of market and role-playing opportunity.
It is themed around the “smuggling of exotica”. People can bring objects to sell but the “Guild of Privateers, Illicit Entrepreneurs and Scoundrels”* are on the lookout for “the authorities” and enforcing a nominal charge.
Sellers are required to pay a single token (£2 coin) for trading. People wishing to sell can enter the market area from 2:25pm.
A Single Bell will signal the traders to enter. There will be no tables or furniture and everything someone brings in must be carried in by them alone in a single trip and hidden from view! (There may be commendations from the Piemen for the most imaginative and impressive ways of hiding your stock.) No trolleys allowed.**
If there are two or more of you selling together, you must enter as individuals.
Buyers will be allowed to queue from 2:30pm and enter at the sound of 2 bells (Approximately 2:40pm) We will then have forty minutes of frantic browsing and buying.
At around 3:20pm there will be a single Bell to warn you that “the authorities are on the way” and buyers should get ready to leave.
NOTE: A whistle may sound during the market to indicate the unexpected approach of “the authorities” and all participants are urged to remain still and quiet until 2 whistle blasts indicate an all clear.
Three Bells signal the buyers that they have five minutes to leave. Buyers who take five minutes and one second or more (with a countdown) will have to pay a £1 exit fine. (Please have your one pound coins ready since there is no change from the Piemen)
This is the warning time for sellers. Any seller who has not exited the market area by 3:35pm will be saddled with a £1 exit charge too. Anyone trying to exit after 3:40pm? This charge rises to £5. (This keeps the excitement and tension and makes for a swift turnaround for the next feature.)
Everyone wishing to participate in the feature does so on the understanding that they agree to and accept fully the structure, terms and conditions.
All sellers must have a £2 coin, a £1 coin and a £5 note on them to pay for their entry and the possibility of exit fines. All buyers must have a £1 coin on them in case they have to pay a fine on exit.
This is a very popular and fun feature. Please enter into it in the correct spirit. We reserve the right to refuse admission, refuse permission to trade and require anyone to leave without notice.
Keep it splendid and keep it fun!
* The Guild of PIES or otherwise known as the “Piemen
**Potential sellers and buyers with an access related disability may apply for special consideration.