Black Fridays to shine in light of Wintersun
DAN "Dutch" Clune has an extra reason to be excited about this year's Wintersun.
The 25-year-old will be setting up shop for the first time at the event with his new business, Black Fridays, alongside at least 70 other stalls.
"I've been to Wintersun at least four times in the past as a spectator," Mr Clune said.
"My business partner and I started up about a year ago, we missed out on having a stall at last year's Wintersun by an inch."
The owner of the Brisbane-based store will travel down for the three days of markets between Friday, June 6 and Sunday, June 8 at Queen Elizabeth Park to sell T-shirts, posters, magazines and DVDs from the rock 'n' roll era.
"We're really looking forward to it, we're big fans of the music," Mr Clune said.
Coolangatta-based 20th Century Antiques owner Simon Koschel provided some hefty advice for the young business owner-- be prepared.
"Wintersun is easily our busiest days of the year," Mr Koschel said.
"We get about 20,000 people through here a day at Wintersun.
"We sell a lot of vintage clothing and (automotive) stuff."
Mr Koschel said the event was a double-edged sword for local businesses.
"We love the business we get, but there's so many people to serve and keep an eye on," he said.
"But it's good that people with the same interest from around the world can meet up here.
"It's a great festival, I hope everyone has a good time."
Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce president and Wintersun Director Barry McNamara said the 21st anniversary of the event was shaping up to be one of the biggest yet.
"Preparations are going well, there's always more that can be done," Mr McNamara said.
"We can always do more, but we are better prepared this year than in others.
"Thankfully we've got the best team of volunteers this year.
"They've done a fantastic job with everything."