I would not have ever thought myself a craft fair kind of guy yet here we are…
Last year, our local community center hosted an arts and craft fair as a way to bring local artisans together and raise money for public programs (art classes, GED education, computer skills, tax assistance, etc.). Being new to the area we joined in last year and were invited back for a second go around last weekend. It was a good cause and a way for us to make a little extra spending money for the holiday season.
Times are tough and it seems that most people have little to spare on superfluous items this time of year. Despite this, it was still a profitable venture and a portion of everyone’s proceeds went to a good cause.
Two very good outcomes from joining in this effort were:
- Forcing us to buckle down and finish a load of projects in a very short period and
- Putting us in touch with a lot of local makers we may not have met otherwise.
There are some very talented people out there and it is often difficult for them to show their work. Venues like this allow the small, part-time players like us to showcase some of what we do. Now, as a primitive tech artist, I steered myself more toward items that were affordable and would appeal to the average person; especially someone looking for gifts appropriate for the holidays. I even brought a few walnut cutting boards as they are fairly popular gifts.
Painters, printers, writers, jewelers, and even wonderful candy and jam makers were there and we a grateful for the opportunity to participate again this year.
I thought I’d share a few bench photos leading up to the fair.