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Glossary of Market Terms for Stall Holders

(Including Slang, Food Market Stall Terms, Farmer's Market Terms and Acronyms)

A

Allergen -food stall- A substance, usually found in some foodstuff, that causes an allergy

APMO -acronym- Association of Private Market Operators

Artisan

- describes a skilled producer who makes items or products by hand usually in small batches

A SKILLED PRODUCER OF HANDMADE ITEMS

Artisan Sculptors. Photos by Alberto Ziveri and Rossana Ferreira

Auction - process of trade offering goods for bid, where items are usually sold to the highest or winning bidder

 

B

Bacteria - food stall- groups of single cell living organisms, some are known to cause spoilage in food products sold and even the risk of food poisoning

Bactericidal Detergent - food stall- a detergent which is a combined detergent and disinfectant, designed to kill bacteria during the cleaning process; used in cleaning food stalls

BAT - price

Banter - chatter, the traders' pitch and humour

Baring Up - erecting your stall (see definition)

Barter - to trade goods or services; to trade without the exchange of money

Bazaar

- a market, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, specializing in the trade of goods, produce and some services

FUN AND EXCITING BAZAAR IN ASIA

Trading Bazaars. Photo by Phalinn Ooi and David McKelvey

Best Before Date - food stall- the date marked upon the label of a food up to and including the date that the food can reasonably be expected to remain in optimum condition if properly stored; must be present when selling food products

Bookstall - a temporary place for selling books, for example in a market or at a jumble sale (see definition)

Boot fair or Boot sale - a car boot sale (see definition)

Bred Free Range - food stall- a term used to describe animals born in a free range environment, but subsequently raised in sheds with straw bedding and no access to pasture; animals of this type sold in farmer's markets

 

C

Cakehole - slang - mouth

Canopy - a gazebo roof or covering; any covering stretched to make a form of shade

Car Boot Sale - a market where people sell things that they do not want from the back of their car

Casual - a Market Trader without a regular pitch on a Market; a market trader without a regular pitch on a market

Cattle Market or Cattle Auction - a place where cows and cattle are bought and sold

China - rhyming slang or expression, short for "China plate", "mate'

Contamination - food stall- the introduction to, or occurrence in, foods of any harmful substance which may compromise the safety or wholesomeness of that food.

Corn exchange - a place where corn was bought and sold in the past

Crust

- money / wage. To "earn one's crust". From bread, "bread and honey" - money

PAYMENT USING CRUST WHILE SHOPPING

Earn Money. Photos by 401(K) 2012 and Gunnar Wrobel

Chew the Fat - have a chat

 

D

Demmer - a Market Trader who demonstrates their product and how it works (such as carpet cleaner) in order to make a sale; a market trader who demonstrates their product and how it works

Demming or Pitching - drawing a crowd

Detergent - food stall- a chemical or mixture of chemicals for removing grease/food particles during cleaning

Disinfection - food stall- a part of overall cleaning process aimed at reducing the level of harmful microorganisms to a level that will not lead to either harmful contamination or spoilage of food

Dosh - money or cash

Drum and bass - my place

 

E

Etsy

- something handmade or personally manufactured

CREATIVE AND ADORABLE HANDMADE ITEMS BY ETSY

Etsy Handmade Items. Photos by etsy.com

F

Farmers' market

- a market where farmers sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat etc direct to the public

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR SALE

Farmers' Market. Photo by Sandra Vallaure and SteveDeeves

Flea market - a market where old things are sold at low prices

Farmhouse Cheese - food stall- Refers to cheeses that have been handmade in small batches on farms where the milk has also been produced.

Fart-arseing about - slang- to act foolishly and waste time

Five finger discount - a euphemism for shoplifting or thieving general

Flash - display or presentation

Food Poisoning - food stall- acute illness caused by consumption of contaminated or poisonous food. Symptoms commonly include vomiting and diarrhea.

Free Range - food stall- animals raised their entire lives on pastures and allowed to forage naturally with shelter provided

Frontage - the dimension that runs along the front of the pitch; the dimension that runs along the front of the pitch

Funny money - counterfeit money

 

G

Gaff - slang -for a Market

Gander - to look

Gazebo

- a structure often built as a form of shade

GAZEBO PROVIDES SHELTER TO MARKET STALLS

Gazebo Market Stalls. Photos by Elvert Barnes and Parker Knight

Gear - the products a Market Trader sells

Geezer - a very common term for a man

Grafter/Grafting - a Market Trader who works hard to sell his products, usually by talking or shouting about what they have to offer; a trader works hard to sell his products, usually by shouting about what they have

Grass - to expose someone to the police, an informer

Grub

- slang- word for food

DELICIOUS ON THE GO FOODS

Delicious Slang. Photos by PEXELS

 

H

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) - acronym- a food safety management system, the main aim of which is to focus attention on critical points in the operation and take measures to ensure that problems do not occur

Handmade

- made or prepared by hand rather than by machine. (as opposed to Machine-made; (see definition)

CUTE AND ADORABLE HANDMADE ITEMS 

Creative Handmade Items. Photos by annilove and storebukkebruse

Hap - a Scottish and Borders term for tarpaulin

Harmful Bacteria - food stall- bacteria capable of causing illness such as food poisoning

Hazard - food stall- a hazard may be microbiological, chemical or physical and may cause harm through eating contaminated food

Heirloom - is an old variety of vegetable or fruit whose seeds have been saved, not often grown for commercial purposes, but valued for their superior flavour and unique colouration

High Risk Food - food stall- usually considered as food which supports the multiplication of harmful bacteria and which is intended for consumption without any further treatment such as cooking, which would destroy such organisms. High risk food is usually high in protein, requires refrigeration and must be kept separate from raw food.

 

J

Jammy - lucky

Joint - a Market Stall, typically a Market Trader's own portable Market Stall

Jointrig - stall

Jumble sale - an event at which second hand goods are sold; also Rummage sale (see description).

 

K

Kip - sleep

Kipper Season - the period of slow retail trade between January and March each year; the period of slow retail trade between January and March each year

 

L

Line - the type of product a Market Trader sells

Low Risk Food

- food stall- foods other than high risk foods, such as raw food or ingredients that are still to be cleaned or processed

 LOW RISK FOOD MARKET STALLS

Raw Ingredients For Sell. Photo by David Bote Estrada and shankar s. 

Lurker - a Market Trader who observes their Market Stall from a distance, waiting until a customer shows interest in a product; a market trader who observes their market stall from a distance, waiting until a customer shows interest in a product

 

M

Machine-made - products made by means of using machines in production (as opposed to Handmade; (see definition)

Manor - territory, area, turf

Market

- a venue for monetary interaction; a gathering or event where vendors and consumers can interact in the trade or sale of goods; a public building or place where people sell goods on tables called stalls

AN OUTDOOR PUBLIC MARKET STALLS

Outdoor Market. Photo by Alpha and SPUR

Marketing - to sell a good or product

Market Charter - a document giving a market operator, generally a council or local authority, the right to collect rent on a market, normally within 6 and 2/3 miles of a defined point which prevents another market from opening in the same locality; a document giving a market operator, generally a council or local authority, the right to collect rent on a market, normally within 6 and 2/3 miles of a defined point which prevents another market from opening in the same locality

Market Clip - a steel or plastic clip normally used to secure a tarpaulin to a Market Stall frame; a steel or plastic clip normally used to secure a tarpaulin

Market day - a day each week when people sell goods outside in a town or village market

Money Apron - see Money Bag below

Money Bag

- a pouch in which a Market Trader keeps their takings, usually secured around the waist or slung over the shoulder; a pouch in which a market trader keeps their takings, usually secured around the waist or slung over the shoulder

ADORABLE HANDMADE LEATHER MONEY BAG

Money Bag. Photo by Pepulikshop and Shirlbcreationstoo

Moolar - a slang term for money of uncertain origin

 

N

Naff - a popular word meaning cheap, tacky or of poor quality

Nick - police station, or prison. e.g. "He got banged-up in the nick for 6 months"

Nifty - slang for a "fifty"

NMTF - acronym - National Market Traders' Federation

Notes - a term used to mean money in general

 

O

Old fruit - an affectionate address to someone

OOAK - acronym- "One of a Kind" unique

Organic Foods

- food stall- are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers and cannot be genetically modified. In Australia if a food is labelled Certified Organic it must have passed certification with one of seven Australian organic certifying organisations.

HEALTHY ORGANIC FOODS FOR SALE

All Organic Vegetables. Photos by ilovebutter and Hari Prasad Nadig

Overhang - the roof section that extends over the front and/or rear legs of a Market Stall to provide weather protection for products and customers; the roof section that extends over the front and/or rear legs of a market stall

 

P

Perishable food - see High Risk Food

Pictures of the Queen - money

Pitch - the open space from which a Market Trader sells their products; the open space from which a market trader sells their products

Pitcher - a Market Trader who works from a raised platform, talking or shouting about the products they have on offer, often in an entertaining way; a market trader who works from a raised platform, talking or shouting about the products they have on offer, often in an entertaining way

Plank - an idiot, fool

Preservative Free - food stall- not having or containing any preservatives (see Organic Foods)

Preservative Free Wine - food stall- wine naturally produces sulphur during fermentation, however preservative free refers to wines which have not had commercial sulphur added (220).

Private Operator - a private company as opposed to a local authority which is responsible for the operation and upkeep of a Market; a private company that operate the market

Pukka

- means "authentic" or "first-rate"

MARKET STALLS THAT SELL AUTHENTIC ITEMS

Authentic Goods. Photo by Arne Krueger and Blondinrikard Froberg

Punter - a customer or potential customer showing interest in buying a product; the paying public, a customer, potential customer showing interest

 

Q

Quiet Trader - a Market Trader who waits for customers to approach their stall rather than try and the attract attention of passers by; a market trader who waits for customers to approach their stall

 

R

Rabbit (rabbit and pork)

- to talk, especially during haggling or selling

EARNING A LOT BY JUST SALE TALKING

To Rabbit. Photos by claire rowland and Ironchefbalara

Regular - a Market Trader with a regular pitch on a Market; a market trader with a regular pitch on a market.

Ready to Eat Food - food stall- Food which may not require to receive further cooking or reheating prior to consumption e.g. cooked meats.

Rummage sale - a sale of assorted second hand objects; such an event where items sold are donated to raise money for a charitable cause.

 

S

Sanitise -The action of cleaning and disinfecting.

Shafted - to be treated badly

Shelf Life -The length of time a product may be stored without becoming unsafe or unsuitable for use or consumption.

Shell-out - to have to pay for, usually unexpectedly

Snide - illegal copies of a branded product (counterfeit); illegal copies of a branded product (counterfeit)

Sold-out - having all available goods or services sold completely and especially in advance.

Spieler - a market trader who tries to convince a customer in all manner of ways that a product is worth buying; a Market Trader who tries to convince a customer in all manner of ways that a product is worth buying

Spook -a large private market operator

Stall - a booth or stand used by a vendor, usually at a market setting

Stand

- a large table or temporary structure used for selling things, especially food or drink

USE MARKET STALL STAND TO SELL

Market Stands. Photo by Jeremy Thompson and Pedro Reyna

Strides - trousers worn by market traders

Stuffed - done in, ripped off, in trouble

Supply - the amount of a product which is available to customers.

Swag - cheap or small products, often referred to by wholesalers as Swag Lines; cheap or small products, often referred to by wholesalers as Swag Lines

 

T

Tea leaf - Rhyming Slang for thief

Toby - the rent for a pitch on a market; is the market manager, the person whose word is law

Toby Man - the person who collects the rent for a market stall pitch; the person who collects the rent for a market stall pitch

Town & Country - a large private market operator based in Shropshire

Trinket

- a small ornament or accessory, such as a piece of jewellery; a small article or good for sale

ADORABLE ANGEL AND JEWELRY ORNAMENTS

Adorable Trinket. Photos by Andrew Malone and Madzik

Tyre kicker - a time waster

 

U

Use By Date - food stall- a date mark required on microbiologically perishable pre-packed food after which its consumption could present a risk of food poisoning.

 

V

Vendor

- a supplier, manufacturer; one that sells or vends goods usually in a market.

GOODS FOR SALE AT VENDOR MARKET

Market Food Vendor. Photos by U.S Department of Agriculture and John Ragai

 

W

Wall 

- side covering, usually referring to that used for gazebos which acts as a barrier or partition

BLACK AND WHITE GAZEBO WALLS

High Quality OZTrail Gazebos Wall. Photos by gazebos.com.au

Wedge - money

Well up for it - to be very interested in something

Wicked - excellent, cool

Wind-up merchant - someone who specializes in teasing

 

Other Resources:

Glossary of Food Market Stall Terms

Market Trader Lingo

Glossary of Food Practices Found at Farmers Markets

Markets and market stalls



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