BY WARREN DILLAWAY
Late November and early December are normally busy instances for crafters and craft present organizers, as buyers search for hand-made Christmas items in faculties and city halls.
The Jefferson Christmas Expo was capable of convey a smaller-than-normal group of distributors and buyers collectively on Saturday, however a lot of the conventional Christmas craft exhibits — benefiting space charities — had been canceled this 12 months as a result of coronavirus.
The implications run deep as crafters miss revenue, charities lose funds to assist their trigger and buyers must discover a totally different method to buy Christmas presents.
Dave Palmiter, of Austinburg Township, and his spouse Chris usually attend 20- 25 exhibits a 12 months the place they promote custom-made pens made out of wooden, acrylic and deer antlers.
“Within the winter that is what I do to assist complement our revenue and to maintain busy,” he stated.
With crafting alternatives down he was completely satisfied to have Saturday’s present however Chris Palmiter stated they had been involved in regards to the coronavirus.
“We had been on the fence about coming,” she stated.
Dave Palmiter stated the present turned out nicely with regular enterprise a lot of the day. He stated the Hospice of the Western Reserve present and the Harpersfield Fireplace Division occasion are normally two of his greatest cash makers and each had been canceled.
Harpersfield Fireplace Chief Frank Henry stated the hearth division has a number of fundraisers annually . The cash from the craft present will likely be missed, however gained’t devastate the division’s funds. The division additionally needed to cancel the summer season beef roast as a result of virus.
Heather Pike, a full-time nurse from Cortland and participant within the Saturday present, moonlights as a cleaning soap maker and proprietor of Scruffy’s Scrubbs. She usually attends two or three exhibits a month. She stated a special market was useful this 12 months in gentle of the virus challenges.
She stated the “What Knot Shoppe” in Austinburg Township has been carrying her cleaning soap and that has helped her gross sales.
“That has been a pleasant blessing for us,” Pike stated.
Ronda Anthony of Dorset Township stated the Jefferson present was her first this 12 months. She stated she usually does a number of exhibits a 12 months however made due via “phrase of mouth” gross sales.
“Family and friends. We’re holding one another going,” she stated.
A number of exhibits had been held exterior this summer season and fall, permitting for social distancing.