Even just the word “spring” can put a bounce in people’s footsteps, and so it seemed at Binghamton University’s 10th Annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday.
More than 150 vendors from Greater Binghamton and beyond came, and most were delighted with the turn-out.
“I think everybody has a little cabin fever,” said Lynn Price of Oneonta, one of many vendors who traveled to get the event. “They’re happy to get out.”
She and her company, Buttons Past to Present, offered antique button rings to throngs of shoppers who both browsed and bought.
Vendors donated items to be placed in several baskets raffled off to benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, explained Leslie Cody of Binghamton. She, and Barbara Cook of Vestal sold tickets and accepted cash and non-perishable food donations for CHOW.
One kind-hearted vendor intended to funnel the proceeds from sale of her knitted goods to benefit her granddaughter’s Diamond Dusters Travel Softball League. Wilda Colpitts and daughter Sally Giannini, both of West Windsor, have been coming to this event since it began a decade ago.
“The crowd is great, and (sales are) better than we expected said Lynn Simmons, of Lynn’s Plants and Crafts, which did a brisk business selling her bag holders, primitive art work and painted boxes.
Trudy Savich of Binghamton’s Whiskers and Wags store found that its homemade dog treats, catnip mats and pillows, mounted feeding bowls moved quickly, as did their custom-made jackets for canines.
“We try to go to as many shows as we can,” said Savich, of Johnson City. They plan to be at the upcoming Marathon Maple Fest, Owego Strawberry Festival, and many other events around the Southern Tier.
Attendance was great, but not as good as those on the weekend after Thanksgiving, when shoppers have Christmas gifts on their minds, she said. But one thing is the same all year long, and it makes her items very popular.
“People love their pets,” she said.
At this show was plenty of Easter goodies — such as bunny lollopops and chocolates — as well as dabs of St. Patrick’s gear, such as the hat atop the head of Betty Croft. Croft was selling her handmade jewelry and other items.
“I always say it keeps me out of trouble, off the streets and out of the bars,” joked Croft, of Hillcrest. She experienced more browsers than buyers in her part of BU’s West Gym, but she was enjoying the experience anyhow.
Men, women and children — in strollers and buggies, and even wheelchairs, thanks to the building’s accessibility — could survey a wide range of goods. Among the enticing items were intarsia and chess sets made by a woodworker from the Catskills, bright floral arrangements, yard signage, soaps and candles, jewelry, doll clothes and dolls decked out in snazzy outfits, framed photography, baby gear, and cutting boards made from varied shades of different woods at the hand of an Amish man – and whoopie pies and other baked delectables from family members stationed nearby.
That’s to say nothing of the buffalo-horn pieces and other unique art forms.
Kathy Al-Jallad came not only to support CHOW, but to take a bit o’ spring home with her.
“I bought the most beautiful lilac wreath,” said Al-Jallad, of Binghamton. ““The essence of spring has gladdened my heart.”
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