FAIRMONT — The New Fairmont Armory transformed into a shopper’s paradise Friday during the “Home for the Holidays” craft show.
The two-day event, which concludes today, features about 140 vendors, according to craft show promoter Vicky Vincent.
“We have a variety of crafters,” she said. “We have wreaths, we have seasonal wood, we have candles, everything.”
She said it’s a great opportunity for those wanting to do some Christmas shopping.
“They can come in, they can get their gifts, they can decorate their homes for the holidays,” she said.
The craft show is in its fourth year at the location, and usually draws 1,500 people over both days, according to Vincent.
She said the community has really supported the craft show over the years.
“And it grows every year,” she said. “It amazes me how it grows.”
According to Vincent, the crafters come from a variety of locales, such as Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and are very talented. She said the visitors come from “all over,” as well.
“We are drawing people in from as far away as Ohio,” she said.
She thinks good advertising and word of mouth has helped the craft show grow.
“Once they’re here...they like their products, so they continue to come back,” she said.
She said people look forward to the craft show every year.
Frank Bartus and Paige Erb of Fairmont were admiring some pictures that were on display at the craft show.
Bartus said they first walk around and look at all the crafts, then make their purchases when they leave.
Erb said she really liked some snowman crafts with lighted noses. She said it was interesting what people make into crafts. Bartus agreed.
“How they come up with those ideas, I don’t know,” he said.
One crafter, Alisha Layton of Clendenin, north of Charleston, was selling holiday wreaths, including one that used the theme of the movie “A Christmas Story.” It featured the famous line from the film of “you’ll shoot your eye out” and a b.b. gun decoration.
“It’s a very good, organized show with something for everybody,” she said.
She said her business was doing well Friday, with 19 wreaths sold as of around 1 p.m. “Everybody is real friendly, helpful,” she said. “It’s a great, easy set-up. It’s spacious.”
Layton said she first started selling her wreaths in August 2016 at a craft show that was held to benefit flood victims. She’s been going strong ever since.
Marie Lockhart of Fairmont bought a blue snowman wreath from her.
“It’s matches my decor,” she said.
One shopper, Dianne Lau of Fairmont, said she comes to the craft show every year. She was shopping with a friend, Karen Whited, who has just moved to the area.
“We like the variety and just the fellowship of everybody coming out and getting together on a nice day,” Lau said.
She has purchased fabric items in the past.
Whited said she liked looking at everything.
“I like the jewelry,” she said.
Another vendor, Davina Burge-Crandall of Fairmont, was selling her creations at the craft show, including a lot of holiday and farmhouse items. She was selling items alongside another vendor, Cindy Stull, a Chalk Couture independent designer.
“We’ve done a lot of shows,” Burge-Crandall said.
She said her business was good.
“For a Friday, I was very surprised, pleasantly surprised,” she said.
She enjoyed seeing people and talking to them and finding what they like or don’t like.
”Everybody’s different,” she said. She said wood items and ornaments are popular this year.
Bernice Kniceley of Rivesville stopped at Burge-Crandall’s booth to look over her items.
“Everything in this building, it’s really been gorgeous,” she said.
One shopper, Gwenna Kelley from Fayette County, Pa., bought several items, including a fall wreath, popcorn and fudge.
“I just like crafts,” she said.
Admission is $2. The craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
A Spring Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. April 25 at the armory.