Holiday craft show attracts hundreds

December 05, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN -- Greta Hanley could care less about looking for holiday bargains at a mall or discount store.

She prefers a different shopping experience, one where there isn't a flat screen television or computer in sight.

"Give me a craft show any day," Hanley said. "The items are one-of-a-kind, and people actually appreciate your business."

The Hagerstown woman was among hundreds of shoppers who attended a holiday craft show Saturday at Hampton Inn on Dual Highway.

From pottery and jewelry to candy and soaps, there was something for everyone, said Karen Hamilton, who organized the event with fellow artisan MJ Sommerville.

"We try to make this a high-end, juried show," she said. "It's small, but the emphasis is on quality."

Hamilton, who works in silversmithing and lampwork bead jewelry, said all of the vendors are local, except for a few guest artists. And everyone has become friends.


"We all seem to have started our careers about the same time and do a lot of the same shows," she said. "Several years ago, we decided to have our own show, which, originally, was held in one of our homes. Now, we hold it in a public setting."

This is the sixth year for the one-day event, which traditionally is held the first Saturday of December, Hamilton said.

Over the years, the show has developed a loyal following of shoppers, she said. 

"There's always a great turnout. In fact, we get so busy, we don't have time to eat," she said.

Rosella Curtain of Hagerstown has been attending the show for the past several years and on Saturday brought along several family members.

"We've been knocking a few names off our Christmas lists," she said.  "This is much nicer than fighting the weekend crowds in a department store."


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