Fund-raiser features fabric for a fair price


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eager crafters sorted through aisles of felt, sewing patterns, fabric bolts and six playpens filled with every color of yarn imaginable to find the best bargains and supplies for their next projects.

Those who had been to the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary annual Fabric Fair in past years knew to arrive early Thursday before others had a chance to pick through supplies. By afternoon the inventory was considerably smaller, but the 11th annual fair continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Southgate Shopping Center in Chambersburg.

The event raised a record $12,000 for the auxiliary last year, and member Nancy VanBuskirk said she hopes this year's sales will top that.


Past proceeds from the sale of everything from baskets and fake fur to shoulder pads has helped buy equipment for the Salvation Army's kitchen, a new van and will go toward $25,000 worth of computer equipment the auxiliary has pledged to buy, VanBuskirk said.

All items are donated by private individuals and some local businesses.

"People that sew may have a couple of yards left over. They also donate sewing machines, and we had a quilting frame this year," Buskirk said.

People from across Franklin County, Hagerstown, West Virginia and Virginia crammed the aisles Thursday morning. One women even drove from Baltimore to search for supplies for the costumes she makes for war re-enactments, VanBuskirk said.

Jane Morgan, of Scotland, Pa., said she had just taken up crafting and thought the fair would be a good place to start purchasing supplies.

"I just wanted to see what was here. I'm also looking for soft materials for an elderly friend of mine who makes teddy bears," Morgan said.

Louise Brumbaugh, of Shippensburg, Pa., said she comes every year to the Fabric Fair to find odds and ends.

"I work with Head Start and we do a lot of projects with ribbons, pom-poms and sequins," Brumbaugh said. "I know I can get good buys here."

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