Family gives selling a try at Easter craft show

March 29, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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Craft show

Connie McGown and her daughter, Michelle, started making crafts last year for Christmas gifts.

The hobby quickly grew, and with prodding from Michelle, the Hope Avenue family decided to take it to another level this year.

The Easter arts and crafts show at the Hagerstown Farmers Market on West Church Street Sunday provided the perfect opportunity for the McGowns to showcase their work for the first time.


"It's a full-time job," said Connie McGown, 53. "We've done real well."

McGown said she has sold most of her flower arrangements, bird houses and other items by word-of-mouth so far. She credited her daughter with making it into a business.

"I just wanted to make a couple of things and it just grew from there," Michelle McGown, 29, said.

The McGown family was one of more than 60 vendors displaying their works Sunday, said Norma J. Parks, city market master. That was up from more than 40 vendors at the inaugural Easter arts and crafts show last year, she said.

"It's been busy all morning," Parks said. "We have a lot more vendors and a lot more people."

Parks said the city launched the annual arts and crafts show last year in an attempt to spur interest in the market house, which sells space to arts and crafts makers each Saturday.

Events like Sunday's might bring in people who will decide to come back on a regular Saturday, Parks said.

Craft show"That's the goal," she said.

Allyn Price, 42, who sells pottery, said the overall numbers of people may have been lower on Sunday. But she said many of them were newcomers.

"There's definitely some unfamiliar faces," she said.

Two of those faces belonged to Earl and Melissa Stoner, who saw a newspaper ad plugging the show.

"It's cute," Melissa Stoner said. "It's a nice, eclectic mix."

The Stoners' 16-month-old son, Jared, grinned at the activity.

"He enjoys just about anything," Earl Stoner said.

The crowds wandering in and out of the market house could hardly have asked for a better day, which featured a beaming sun and high temperatures in the 80s.

"It's a great way to bring in spring," said Beaver Creek resident Katie Walsh, 41, who added that she sometimes stops in at the farmers market on Saturdays after her children's sporting events at the neighboring YMCA.

The only drawback to the weather was that many found it much nicer to be outdoors than in.

"I just think today most people are enjoying the outside," Price said.

Vendor Linda Bagley, 47, agreed: "I wouldn't want to be in here."

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