It’s the time of year when people start looking for Christmas gifts to give their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
The Wytheville Woman’s Club will make gift shopping easier this year with its annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 19 at the Wytheville Meeting Center.
For 33 years, the club has been helping shoppers enjoy the holidays with the fair offering something for everyone, from jewelry and jams to leggings and lotions. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The number of vendors continues to grow each year with 72 vendors this year. Items for sale include homemade baked goods, crochet items, flower arrangements, wreaths, hand painted stones, ornaments, woodworking, Tupperware, tumblers, air fresheners, leather and more.
There will also be items from Sabika, Tupperware, Paparazzi, Norwex, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Totes, May Kay and Lime Life.
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For younger kids, there’s Kritter Kreations, where you can create your own stuffed animal. There’s also the Grinch photo scene.
Kritter Kreations owner Jamie Crews said she started the business in March. On its stand, it offers non-stuffed stuffed animals that children select and watch being stuffed before their eyes. They can also buy clothes for their Kritters. There are a variety of stuffed animals, ranging from a cat to an amphibious axolotl, Crews said. A 16-inch plus is $25 and an 8-inch plus is $20.
“We wanted to bring something to local areas for kids,” she said. “We love seeing the kids get so excited for their new friend.”
This is Kritter Kreations’ first year at the craft fair, but others are longtime vendors.
“Tommie Sheffey has been setting up his flower arrangements at the craft show for years, along with Sue Govin and her baked goods and gift baskets. Char Terry is another person who has been coming for years to set up his glowing bottles,” said Amy DeWilde, president of the Wytheville Woman’s Club.
DeWilde started selling at the fair more than a decade ago, when she and her mother, Marlene Hundley, set up shop to sell wreaths, centerpieces, blankets and baked goods.
Now DeWilde is hosting the event after club members invited her to join the organization.
The Women’s Club was founded in 1942 and is a voluntary non-profit organization. Proceeds from the craft show will go towards the club’s many projects, including the Brock Hughes Medical Center, Wythe and Bland Counties Volunteer Firefighters, Blessing Boxes, School Hygiene and School Supply Racks, the breast cancer awareness and domestic violence awareness.
The Agape pantry will collect non-perishable food items during the fair.
“The Craft Fair is one of our biggest events that we host,” DeWilde said. “Last year’s show was a great success, so I hope this year will be too. We have 72 places which are all full. We also have a lot of new suppliers this year, so I’m very excited about that. It puts you in the Christmas mood.
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