MOUNT VERNON — Knox County craft-makers and home-based business owners will bring an assortment of hand-made and life-enhancing goods to a show Nov. 10.
The Winter Sanctuary Craft Show, which benefits Mount Vernon’s homeless shelter, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at the Salvation Army, 206 E. Ohio Ave., Mount Vernon.
Funds raised by renting space to vendors will help support the shelter’s operations, which, aside from a grant that pays the salary of the advocate/operations manager, are funded entirely by donations. The shelter, which serves men and women, opened Nov. 1 and will be operation until May 1.
Kelly Burris, a volunteer for the shelter who is organizing the show, is aiming to have 20-30 crafters and home-based businesses at the show. “There will be lots of vendors and crafters,” said Burris. “It’s a great way to start your Christmas shopping.”
Many of the items on sale will be geared to the Christmas season, including wreath-making kits to make your home look festive for the holidays, and gift items like Tupperware and handbags and totes.
Combining stitchery with culinary, Lori Dendinger’s offerings have a dual thrust: Soft, cuddly bears that she stitches from used clothing and new fabric, and a line of gourmet foods. The Fredericktown resident sews her bears from material her customers supply or that they pick out. “I made two pillows out of a shirt for woman who lost her husband,” she said. “In all, I made her 15 bears, all from clothing from her husband.”
If feeling healthy is important regardless of the season, many will relate to Julie Borchers’ display of essential oils — oils derived from plants that contain the characteristic fragrance of the plant. Spread on the skin, these plant extracts sooth irritation and calm emotions. Taken internally, they again calm emotions and serve as a natural substitute for some medicines. “Or,” said Borchers. “they can be used aromatically on jewelry or in a diffuser in home, car or office.”
Borchers tries to find the right oil for each customer based on the oils’ properties and customers’ needs. The Fredericktown resident features 100 different oils.
The show is also an opportunity to spread word about the shelter and that it needs volunteers to cover three shifts a day, seven days a week.
“The show will also raise awareness of what we are doing, keeping open a safe and warm place where people can care for the homeless and love them,” said the shelter’s advocate/operations manager, Joseph Springer.
Crafters and home-based businesses may rent space by contacting Burris at 740-398-5839 or email her at email@example.com. Food will be available with sales also benefiting the shelter.