Christmas Crafts Galore

Jamie Heap
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Giant craft sale held at Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre

(From left) First-time craft sale vendors Bev Hayward, Charlotte Streathearn and Melissa Terris of MBC Custom Crafts sold such custom crafted, homemade wooden wares as a North Pole lamp post sign Saturday at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre's giant Christmas craft sale, an annual event that continues to grow with each passing year. MBC Custom Crafts also takes orders through its Facebook group of the same name. For more information about MBC Custom Crafts and its wares, phone (902) 597-8837.

SPRINGHILL-Hundreds avoided Black Friday at big box stores by buying homemade, local crafts Saturday at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. There was even a reported Santa Claus sighting, real white beard and all.

“It’s been busy,” said first-time craft sale vendor Charlotte Streathearn of Springhill. “We’ve had a lot of people looking and there’s been a few buyers too.”

Along with fellow MBC Custom Crafts’ entrepreneurs Bev Hayward and Melissa Terris, Streathearn sells a variety of custom made wooden crafts ranging from  light-up candle sets, ‘Stockings were hung…’ and Star welcome signs/bird houses; wooden lamp posts, snowmen faces and ‘Our Family signs,’ that are tailored to meet the unique individual needs and specifications of their customers.

“We started to do it for ourselves a couple of years ago, but, when we started running out of room, we started selling it online,” said Streathearn. “This the first one (craft show) that we’ve ever done. We all have this in our houses as well.”

Another vendor was Cheryl Veinotte-Mackey (Vintage by Veinotte). Veinotte sells vintage jewelry and other vintage accessories passed down to her by members of her own family. One of the most unique pieces in her collection is a brand new vanity set from Germany that her grandfather brought back from World War II.

“I’m just happy to see it all move forward,” said Veinotte to a customer of hers.

Kenny John Jackson and his wife Maryanne Jackson were two of the many craft show goers who took in the annual event held in conjunction with Christmas.

“It’s great,” stated Maryanne Jackson. I prefer homemade crafts over store bought ones."I love that it’s local and all of the hard work that the local crafters put into it. The artisans here have a lot of different things to sell. You’re not seeing the same things over and over. I look forward to buying Christmas gifts here each year.”

“It’s a great opportunity, a chance for people to see what we (Springhill) have to offer,” stated Kenny John Jackson. "We went to the fire department breakfast before this; it was excellent. Anytime the community centre can capitalize on something like this, it’s great. A lot of people may not otherwise come to Springhill.”

Other vendors included local wreath sellers Doris Mitchell and Dorothy Stevens; Bridget and Gary Ebanks of Joggins (Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company) and the ‘Jam Man’ Dennis Babineau of Parrsboro. His wife Donna Babineau was also present. Together, they operate Nova Scotia Cascade Valley, a small business that has specialized in making bottled jams, jellies and syrups for the past eight years.


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