Glossary of Market Terms for Stall Holders
(Including Slang, Food Market Stall Terms, Farmer's Market Terms and Acronyms)
Allergen -food stall- A substance, usually found in some foodstuff, that causes an allergy
APMO -acronym- Association of Private Market Operators
- describes a skilled producer who makes items or products by hand usually in small batches
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
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
- a market, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, specializing in the trade of goods, produce and some services
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
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
- money / wage. To "earn one's crust". From bread, "bread and honey" - money
Earn Money. Photos by 401(K) 2012 and Gunnar Wrobel
Chew the Fat - have a chat
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
- something handmade or personally manufactured
Etsy Handmade Items. Photos by etsy.com
- a market where farmers sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat etc direct to the public
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
Gaff - slang -for a Market
Gander - to look
- a structure often built as a form of shade
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
- slang- word for food
Delicious Slang. Photos by PEXELS
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
- made or prepared by hand rather than by machine. (as opposed to Machine-made; (see definition)
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.
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).
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
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
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
Machine-made - products made by means of using machines in production (as opposed to Handmade; (see definition)
Manor - territory, area, turf
- 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
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
- 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
Money Bag. Photo by Pepulikshop and Shirlbcreationstoo
Moolar - a slang term for money of uncertain origin
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
Old fruit - an affectionate address to someone
OOAK - acronym- "One of a Kind" unique
- 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.
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
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
- means "authentic" or "first-rate"
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
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
Rabbit (rabbit and pork)
- to talk, especially during haggling or selling
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.
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
- a large table or temporary structure used for selling things, especially food or drink
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
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
- a small ornament or accessory, such as a piece of jewellery; a small article or good for sale
Adorable Trinket. Photos by Andrew Malone and Madzik
Tyre kicker - a time waster
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.
- a supplier, manufacturer; one that sells or vends goods usually in a market.
Market Food Vendor. Photos by U.S Department of Agriculture and John Ragai
- side covering, usually referring to that used for gazebos which acts as a barrier or partition
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