September 24, 2022

Spring craft fair returns to NCC

NCC’s annual Alumni Association Spring Craft Fair featured over 160 local crafters selling handmade products such as; jewelry, soaps, baked goods, floral arrangements, home décor, crochet items, ceramics, and more.

Mary Seay from Black Horse Hill sells handmade baskets, soaps, and a variety of products out of alpaca fleece. “I got started making a lot of these things because I raise alpacas and I needed to do something with their fleece,” says Seay. She uses the fleece to make needle-felted animals, felted soaps, and dryer balls.

She started her business five years ago when she retired, “…it was something fun to do and I’ve met a lot of interesting people.”

Tracy Berger-Carmen owns Tracy’s Cottage, a retail shop that mainly sells hand-braided rugs made out of jute and cotton. “A friend of mine makes the rugs and I buy them from her and sell them,” says Berger-Carmen.

In addition to hand-braided products, Berger-Carmen also sells a variety of clothing items, home décor and local history books – including the book she wrote in 2013 called “Nazareth Speedway”.

Her store is located inside of Cottage Crafters, which is a craft and antique mall in Allentown. Berger-Carmen has been selling in Cottage Crafters for 20 years and at the NCC craft fair for 13 years.

Bags by Martina sells handmade adjustable cross-body bags and bowties. “I started making them about 10 years ago and it has just evolved into this,” says Martina, “I don’t use a pattern or anything…I just came up with it on my own.”

Rebecca Gauche from Gauche Artz sells canvases, clocks made out of vinyl records, and jewelry that feature her one-of-a-kind paintings on them. “I started my business because I love painting…it was a hobby that I turned into making some money.”

Rebecca Gauche vending at the craft fair.

Lindsey from Lindsey Sell Creations sells handmade jewelry with multicolored druzy crystals, as well as a variety of succulent arrangements. She started selling on Etsy and at NCC’s craft fair four years ago during her freshman year of college at Bloomsburg University to pay for her tuition and other expenses.

Deb Martin from Martin Organic Soaps started her business three years ago and will be doing it full-time in two years once she retires. All of her soaps have a base of coconut oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, or goat’s milk and are fragranced with essential oils.

She changes her products seasonally and plans on introducing a new spring botanical collection in the next few weeks. “All of the soaps are going to be flower shaped…it’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Martin.

This is Martin’s third year selling at NCC’s craft fair and had nothing but positive things to say about her experience so far. “This is an excellent craft fair…both the spring and the fall shows are excellent,” says Martin, “I started selling here three years ago and I have noticed that as I progressed going to these shows, it just becomes more and more efficient. They definitely support the vendors and I appreciate that.”

“This fair is very organized, the prices are reasonable, and they go out of their way to be good to their vendors. That means a lot, because some show runners don’t do that.”

The Alumni Association hosts this event twice a year, with all of the proceeds going to the college for scholarships and alumni programming. The next show will be held this November in the Spartan Center.

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