Craft shoppers flock to Caledonia show

July 14, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Nichole Konetschni and Lucy Konetschni check out some of the artwork on display Saturday at Caledonia State Park's arts and crafts fair in Fayetteville, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The threat of rain didn’t discourage friends Angie Calvert and Tammy Swope from making their annual trek Saturday to Caledonia State Park’s arts and crafts fair.

Not wanting to miss out on a unique craft item, Calvert of New Cumberland, Pa., and Swope of Shippensburg, Pa., arrived at 8:30 a.m. – a half-hour before the official fair opening.

After just two hours, the seasoned craft shoppers had found just what they were looking for, and were lugging their prized purchases to their vehicle.

“I bought a ‘bottle bush’ made of wrought iron,” Calvert said.

She explained that blue wine bottles are placed on the branch-like appendages of the “bottle bush,” and it’s used for outdoor decoration.

Swope looked like she was about to buckle under the weight of her purchases.

In one arm, she carried an outdoor concrete mushroom, and on the other hung several bags filled with a variety of items.

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Caledonia arts and crafts fair.

About 150 crafters and artists displayed their wares, including jewelry, pottery, country crafts, wooden furniture and more.

The craft show, hosted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Caledonia State Park and Friends of Caledonia State Park, was started to raise money for the park.

Kim Runshaw of Greencastle, Pa., stopped by the craft show for the first time.

“I love it. I love the nice variety of items and the quality, too,” Runshaw said.

She was one of many women who flocked to Sylvia Stauffer’s fabric handbag stand.

Every woman needs a purse, Runshaw said.

“Small purses are great for today when you don’t want to carry all your big stuff. They are just the right size to carry a cellphone, money and keys,” said Runshaw, who settled on a small green purse for $5.

This is the third year that Stauffer, of Quarryville, Pa., sold her handmade purses at the craft fair.

“Business has been good,” Stauffer said.

When she started selling her wares at the show three years ago, she couldn’t believe anyone would come to a craft show in such an out-of-the-way location.

But she said people flock to the Caledonia craft show from all over.

“I’ve always done very well here,” she said.

It was a girls’ day out for friends Candy Eckenrode of Marion, Pa., Paula Statler of New Franklin, Pa., and Chryle Hartley of Chambersburg, Pa.

They come every year, sometimes with a wish list and sometimes just to browse.

“Sometimes, I have something in mind that I’m looking for, and sometimes, I just see what’s new,” Eckenrode said.

Like Calvert, Eckenrode was intrigued by the unique “bottle bush.”

“I think that is very unique. I would put it in my flower bed. I just think that would be a nice focal point in your flower bed,” she said.

Statler said the three have been attending the craft show for more than 20 years, and like the craft selection, the location and the fact that it’s not overly crowded.

“Even on really hot days, it’s not so bad out here,” Statler said.

Janis Coyle of Waynesboro, Pa., and her sister, Nikki Blubaugh of Rockville, Md., attend the craft show just about every year.

“I like to buy Christmas presents and stuff for me that you can’t find in other stores,” Coyle said.

“I like the local artisans. I like to support local (artisans),” Blubaugh said.

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