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Holiday craft fair offers shoppers a jump on Christmas

November 11, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, PA - More than 100 people Saturday shopped at an annual Chambersburg church holiday craft fair, with some looking for presents to buy friends and relatives.

For about 20 years, Corpus Christi Church Council of Catholic Women has held the craft and food fair, which has grown in size and popularity over the years, council officials said.

Saturday afternoon some customers were tasting tea for sale while others were looking at the booths of the 22 vendors.

"We like it. It is well done," shopper Robert Durand of Chambersburg said. "The wife is looking for Christmas presents."

Asked what he expects they will buy, he said, "We let her do all the buying."

Told of this after buying some fudge from a vendor, Durand's wife, Eileen, laughed and moved on to continue their shopping.

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Cloyd Hollenshead said he and his wife, Mary, come to the fair every year because it offers a good variety of crafts for sale. They don't come looking for a particular item, but watch to see what catches their eye, she said.

Some of the vendors selling crafts were there for the first time, and were pleased to report their products found an audience.

Eileen Cochran, owner of Blanket of Memories, said she had at least 15 orders for work she does out of her house. Her specialty is putting photographs, memorabilia and other artwork on fabric, she said.

She had on display a family history quilt she made which contained pictures, phrases and other information on a family.

Chris Lynch said many shoppers seemed interested in her new business, Boxey Lady. She sands and stains discarded boxes that were used to store cheese and they become artwork, she said.

She got interested in the work when "I saw someone else do one but it was lousy looking."

She thought she could do better, so she has produced various cheese box creations for sale.

It takes about three hours to convert each box but she often works on three or four at a time, she said.

The fair continues today from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church parish center, 279 N. Second Street.

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