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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spring 2015 Craft Show

Every Spring, there are a myriad of craft fairs taking place in Northwest Arkansas, where I live.  One of the festivals I enjoy attending each year takes place at the Springdale Convention Center (sponsored by the Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals).  This show always has something new, in addition to some of the same old favorites shared by vendors from the past.  This year was no exception.  I was able to pick up several little gift items for birthdays, Mother's Day and the like.

Here are some of my favorites from this year's show:

Vagabond Vintage sells all sorts of retro goodies and an assortment of treasures like spoon and fork jewelry (which I can't get enough of) and boho-style clothing that awaits the shopper in an old silver traveler trailer from the 50's.  Of course, I had to buy some of the silverware jewelry, which came with an added bonus - for every $20 purchased, the buyer received free silverware jewelry of their choice.  Not a bad deal, if I do say so myself.

Silverware earrings

Freebies with purchase = LOVE

Clothing and accessories for sale.

My daughter and girlfriend checking out the booth.

There was another booth that was also selling silverware jewelry.  I thought this necklace made of spoon handles was especially cute:

Silverware jewelry

Yummy smelling handmade soaps were quite a deal at $1.00 each.  I picked up several for little gifts:

Handmade soaps
This nifty repurposed faucet makes a cool little soap dish:

Crocheted vests, scarves and bo-ho clothing were all the rage at the show this year.  (Not handmade, though, unfortunately.)   I love them!  (Although, I have to be honest - the mark-up on these is considerably high.  I purchased a dozen or so scarves in Rome a couple of years ago from a street vendor and purchased them for two Euros each.  Granted, they weren't made in Rome, but boy, they were cute!)

This particular vendor is at the show every year and she always has the cutest Victorian-themed designs for sale.  She is one of my favorites.  I always stop by her booth.

Another shop which I find to be pretty awesome is the one which takes ordinary household items like teapots and spice tins and makes them into lights.  Love this!

Teapot lights

Spice tin lights

Spice tin lights

These layered religious bracelets also caught my eye:

And so did this hat which I was REALLY tempted to buy for someone special I know (he knows who he is):

As always, craft festival season is a favorite of mine.  I don't miss going to them unless I absolutely have to.

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