Shoppers find unique gifts at the Gnome for the Holidays craft fair

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Shoppers had a chance to get their hands on some unique finds at Lake Sherwood’s Gnome for the holiday craft fair on Saturday.

Stephanie Blaker, an event organizer, said homemade gifts are a great option this holiday season, with many industries facing supply shortages.

“There’s nothing like getting a handmade gift, obviously,” she said.

“Especially this year with items that are off the shelf and in stock, you don’t have to wait for a handmade item to come from China, it’s already there.”

Blaker, who is also a salesperson, said the homemade items offer many creative options for decoration or for gifts. .

“We have artisans who use their hands in different ways, whether it’s flower making, custom manufacturing, sign making, wreath making, people like to get something that comes from the heart and that is created by hand,” she said.

Buyers say the variety is appreciated.

“I love making crafts myself, so going out and finding things that other people have made that I really enjoy makes it more special than something made somewhere,” Pam Tatum said.

“It’s always fun to buy something that someone has put a lot of time, effort and expertise into and it’s kind of fun to buy something handmade,” Suzanne added. Bull, another client.

Blaker hopes that whatever shoppers choose, the craft will make the holiday special.

“I think this will be one of the years where people want to get together as a family,” she said.

“Last year with COVID at its peak and the mask mandate people weren’t getting together as much, people are going to really want to get together and celebrate around the tree.”

Select vendors will be at another holiday open house at Barb’s Country Barn on Saturday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Santa Claus will be a special guest on Sunday.

Barb’s Country Barn is located at 4008 SW Topeka Boulevard.

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