We feel so very lucky to have Nancy Wang as part of the Suitcase Rummage community! We first stumbled upon her work when she snapped portraits of people at a Rummage in Sydney and shared them on her Instagram, under the handle: @Candidnan. Her keen eye for interesting outfits and interesting people hooked us right away! Everyone she captures is so unique and beautiful, which is exactly what we love about our community. It is diverse, but united by the thrill of second hand clothing and the celebration of all that is handmade and creative! Nancy is an incredibly busy human, with her fingers in many pies, which is why we feel especially lucky to have had the following chat with her!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I’m a Chinese interpreter by day, and vigilante florist at night. When I’m not teaching Interpreting and translating, I’ll be running market stalls, taking photos for my street photography blog, arranging flowers, or doing all three at once!
Why do you do what you do?I’m drawn to interesting people and shiny objects! Markets and street photography provide a never-ending stream of amazing people, and there is simply nothing that can’t be improved with flowers.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Giuseppe Santamaria, Instagram: meninthistown, website: meninthistown.com
I stumbled into Giuseppe’s studio at Gaffa gallery by accident and discovered him, as well as his fantastic fashion blog and magazine. He is super down-to-earth and shared his experience of ten years photographing men’s style on the street. His passion and perseverance makes him my street-photography role model. Culture Scouts, Instagram: culturescouts Website: culturescouts.com.au
Culture Scouts is operated by a mix of designers, muralists and artists who curate local walking tours through Sydney’s cultural hubs blending food, art and history. Before I attended their tours, I had no idea that Sydney had so many hidden treasures. I’m now lucky enough to be joining their team, so you may soon see me out and about on one of their tours!
What excites you? Travelling everywhere and anywhere – and taking photos of interesting people I meet on the way. Rummaging around Vinnies for treasures and going to the Flemington flower markets at dawn on Saturday mornings.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? Apart from the essentials such as my suitcase of clothing, rug, chairs, water and music, I am always on the lookout for interesting, stylish people to take photos of. I always keep my business cards handy for when I get caught stealing a candid photo or two. People seem to love my large vintage picnic basket and my colourful crochet blankets, so I think it works best when you make your storefront fun and personal.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? You don’t need to go overboard and aim to sell everything in one day. It is more about enjoying being out in the sun and meeting new and interesting people. Accept that you may end up buying more things than you actually sell – but that is all part of the fun! Bring the essentials: a rug, your items, chairs, water, food, sunscreen, a parasol, books and music.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? Stalking beautiful people, vintage finds and becoming friends with my neighbours and the delightful organisers.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I’ve just started working as an Art Guide for Culture Scouts, so it is time to get more familiar with Sydney’s local artists. Otherwise, summer is here, and it is peak market stall season in Sydney, so I think I’ll know where I’ll be spending my weekends.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? Saturday morning flower market at Flemington. Vinnies, long train rides to visit other, more regional Vinnies. The Botanic gardens, and any of Sydney’s local weekend markets, just to name a few.
Where we can we find and follow you? (i.e. website, Instagram, facebook, etsy, markets etc.) Candidnan.com Instagram: candidnan