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Vendor spaces available for Spring Craft Show

Marysville crafter Suzi Parks, a regular at the Ken Baxter Community Center’s craft shows throughout the year, shows off her wares at last year’s Spring Craft Show. - Courtesy photo.
Marysville crafter Suzi Parks, a regular at the Ken Baxter Community Center’s craft shows throughout the year, shows off her wares at last year’s Spring Craft Show.
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MARYSVILLE — The city of Marysville’s annual Spring Craft Show is returning to the Ken Baxter Community Center on April 13, and while there are no indoor spaces left, Marysville Recreation Coordinator Maryke Burgess has plenty of spaces left outdoors and is eager to let potential vendors know about it.

“I love that this is an indoor and outdoor show,” Burgess said. “When people drive by, they see all of these tents from the street, and it entices them to check things out.”

According to Burgess, the garden art and plants are among the most popular parts of the juried show, which boasts not only planters, miniature gardens and iron works, but also jewelry, handmade soap and pottery, which she likewise deemed fairly successful in drawing crowds of browsers.

“Our emphasis is on quality handmade gifts, including spring and Mother’s Day items, as well as gifts for children and pets, hats and tutus, stained glass, wood crafts and much more,” Burgess said. “We’re expecting a great turnout.”

Burgess explained that the show strives to limit the numbers of vendors in each field.

“You’re not going to see 10 different scarf vendors,” Burgess said. “We’d like potential vendors, especially seasoned vendors who are true artisans, to know that we take special care to select vendors for this event. We also take a look at current trends in the craft and outdoor show circuit, and invite vendors to our show who carry items that customers are really asking for. The staff organizing this show loves to see innovative items that spark conversation. When everything is handmade or salvaged or homegrown, it’s always fun.”

Burgess welcomed those who are new to craft shows to join in as well, since she sees the Spring Craft Show as an ideal networking opportunity.

“One thing we are known for is how helpful everyone is, and the experienced vendors go out of their way to educate new folks,” Burgess said. “We would love more plant and garden vendors, and each outdoor spot is a spacious 10-foot by 10-foot area. Vendors will need to bring their own tents and tables, but we promise to provide excellent marketing and communication.”

The cost is $25, and applications may be obtained by contacting Burgess by phone at 360-363-8450, or via email at mburgess@marysvillewa.gov.

The Spring Craft Show will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13, and the Ken Baxter Community Center is located at 514 Delta Ave. in Marysville.

 

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