ARCOLA - Upon arriving at the Arcola Craft and Trade Show, the parking lot was packed with vehicles, giving a preview of the scene inside the building.
On Sept. 16, the Arcola Prairie Place Complex's arena housed 78 vendors, which was a full house of crafters and traders.
For a minimal entrance fee, people could browse at their leisure, checking every unique item that was displayed and available.
The business began long before the doors opened, when vendors arrived to set up their tables.
They were grateful for Janine Houston and her Grade 12 students and some parents who helped carry items into the sale, which saved many steps.
Once everyone was settled into their prospective spot, the doors opened.
Guests began to arrive immediately and slowly the arena began to fill with eager shoppers. The kitchen was also open for business throughout the day offering many homemade items.
With homemade toques, crocheted toys, painted tools and handmade soaps, it was a great place to shop for Christmas and this is what some visitors did. Vendors commented on how well the show was set up for an easy flow of people.
Vendors offered diamond paintings, Scentsy, Voxx and more for quick stocking stuffers.
Gwen Taylor, who organizes the event, said they had a waiting list of vendors wanting to get in.
Tables adorned the outer edge of the arena, while four rows of tables were in the inside, giving the show an open feeling.
While parents shopped, children could go to the Kid’s Zone in the hall with a bouncy castle, face painting, colouring and games.
“Super day and everyone was so helpful,” said Shauna Daku of Arcola. “Gwen always does a superb job and the helpers she brings alongside are great too.”
Taylor was very pleased with the turnout and said they had 1,311 people go through the doors. It is one of the best years they have had.
According to the vendors, Taylor goes above and beyond to make this a great show, and they look forward to attending next year.
For additional photos of the event, please see Observed At on page 7.