|Outside entrance to craft fair|
|Natural Interior Design rustic candle-holders/centerpieces|
|My new wine bottle stoppers!|
The rest of the fair held a wide variety of items, from baby blankets, to Christmas themed decorations, to jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, and even a stand dedicated to metal-working goods. I was impressed with the variety and aside from a couple items here and there, I was also very impressed with the quality of craftsmanship and level of originality in many of the goods I looked at. For this reason, I felt very awkward taking photos of everything...crafting can be a great expression of individuality for many people, and I didn't want any of the vendors to fear that I was trying to photograph their goods in order to steal their ideas - a definite concern for many crafters who are looking to maintain the unique quality of their work, amidst many others who only seek an easy way to make a quick profit.
|Entrance to vendor area|
|Some vendors altered the type of items they were selling based on the particular holiday season|
|More holiday goodies...the bean bag snowmen were pretty neat!|
|Many of the vendors were selling similar items, such as fleece blankets and table runners|
|Bonfire Glass was one of the pricier stands, with many items priced at hundreds of dollars...most definitely more of a business endeavor for them, rather than a simple hobby|
|These wine/liquor bottle lamps were so cool! My husband is a bartender...might have to make a few of these for our bar at home!|
|A few stands had homemade soaps for sale. This particular one used a variety of natural essential oils and extracts in their soaps, each with different scents and health benefits. The tea-tree oil ones were my favorite!|
|I almost bought this ceramic snail. Thought it was so cute!|
|Some interesting layered paper wall-hangings in frames and shadow-boxes|
|Where else can you buy cupcakes and natural stone jewelry in the same place?|
|More curious visitors - we got there bright and early, so I'm sure they got more of a crowd towards the afternoon|
As you can see from many of the photos, my original image of craft-fairs being predominantly run by older women, and visited by older women, held true. There were very few younger people there, and not very many men either, aside from a few wood-workers who were certainly well into retirement.
|One of the few stands with a male vendor|
Overall we had a nice, relaxing time, got some great inspiration, and a couple of us even returned home with some neat items! I might just have to visit a few more craft fairs in the future. Most do not seem to charge an entrance fee, so what have you got to lose? Go check one out! You never know what kinds of interesting things you might find!