From carpenter to marketer

Buncrana Market prorpiertor Alan Mussett.  (2703jB44)
Buncrana Market prorpiertor Alan Mussett. (2703jB44)

A once run-of-his feet carpenter has swapped his tool belt for a money belt and set up an indoor market in Buncrana. Alan Mussett is a worker. He’s used to working six, sometimes seven day weeks. But since the recession’s taken its hold Mr Mussett’s found himself doing less and less work.

Vowing it wouldn’t get the better of him he’s turned his hand to a different job altogether - a market trader.

Shauna Duffy who has a home baking stall at Buncrana market.  (2703JB42)

Shauna Duffy who has a home baking stall at Buncrana market. (2703JB42)

The dad-of-two came up with the idea because he said there’s a niche for it in the town. The 44-year-old reckons more and more people are feeling the pinch, becoming thrifty and enjoy a bargain.

Speaking to the Journal, Mr Mussett said: “Basically it’s just for people to come and sell whatever they want to and to give shoppers a bit of a chance to get a bargain.

“I run a childrens wear stall and my wife Jacinta sells baby clothes. We’ve a home baking stall and a fruit and veg man coming in this week. There’s also a charity stall and a couple of people looking at setting up a stall selling wooden toys for kids.

“People want a bargain these days, it seems to be the way to go. In the market there’s a mixture of stuff on offer.”

Mr Mussett said his vision is for the place to be packed out with shoppers and stall holders alike. He even has plans of holding an antiques fair in there on a regular basis.

And so far his new found career is turning out to be a triumph. He added: “I’m enjoying it, it’s going to take time but I really want to built this up.”

Mr Mussett who is originally from England moved over to Inishowen - because his wife Jacinta is originally from here - more than two years ago.

He admits he moved at the worst time for getting work but is determined to make it work in Ireland.

If you’re interested in setting up a stall in the market contact Mr Mussett on 0867367686.