Annual Rector Craft Show Draws Good Crowd

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Mother and daughter Sherry Jennings and Chrissy Pazanowski display their beautiful handmade wreaths during Saturday's Spring Craft Show at the Rector Community Center

Steady crowds and outstanding vendors helped make the second annual Spring Craft Show at the Rector Community Center a success.

"We're very pleased with the turnout," center director Linda Robinson said. "I thought it went real well. We had 27 outstanding vendors, and I think everyone enjoyed seeing all the different items and, of course, shopping."

The wealth of items on display included machine embroidery items, quilts, towels, Premier Design jewelry, wreaths, wood craft items, aprons, handmade costume jewelry, sweet treats, canvas art, purses, clothing, Rada products, tin door hangings, Scentsy products, artisan jewelry, ceramics, leather products, Younique makeup and Paparazzi jewelry, Plexus health products, Mary Kay makeup, monogram personalization, candles and decorating items.

"We had a good variety of items," Robinson said. "There was something for everyone."

Robinson estimated around 300 people visited the show throughout the day.

In addition to offering breakfast, lunch and snacks at the show, the event also featured drawings for door prizes throughout the day. Each vendor donated an item for the drawings, which has become a popular part of the show.

"People have really responded to the door prizes," Robinson said. "It adds more fun to it."

The show not only offered a unique day of shopping for local customers and an opportunity for vendors to display their wares, it also served as a fundraiser for the community center. Early estimates indicate the show generated over $1,000 for the center. The money will be used to purchase new tables for the site, as organizers plan to replace the older, worn tables with new fiberglass tables. The new tables will be an aesthetic improvement in addition to being easier to set up and move.

"The community center committee just keeps working hard to raise money for improvements," Robinson said. "These tables will be a big help for all our events. We're looking at some other improvements, too."

The center will host another craft show on Nov. 22.

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