McCleary crafts fair offers chance to buy local
As they go about searching for the perfect gift ideas this holiday season, shoppers may want to consider checking out the second annual One Stop Christmas Shop event scheduled to be held on Dec. 9 at the McCleary VFW hall. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Organizer Holly Pierce, a McCleary native, told The Vidette the inspiration for the event came to her after she moved back to the area a few years ago.
“All these other towns have events but McCleary (didn’t). I’m like, let’s do a small local craft fair for the locals. I’m all about supporting local businesses,” she said.
Pierce added that she prefers to buy local so as to better ensure her money stays within the community. She said she receives no monetary compensation for organizing the event and means only to help out the town.
About 100 people turned out for last year’s event, which was held at the McCleary Community Center, according to Pierce. Having outgrown that space, the event was moved this year to the VFW hall.
Some 30 vendors will be offering their wares this time around. Most are from Elma and McCleary, Pierce explained, though a few live in Olympia but maintain strong ties to the McCleary community.
Pierce said the vendors represent a good mix of direct sales and craftsmen. Handmade candles, essential oils, metal work, wood furniture and crotchet items will be among the goods available.
The event has no entry fee and nothing will be charged for parking.