ARLINGTON — For the second year in a row the Arlington Farmers Market has hosted Handmade Holiday, a craft and local goods market at the Co-Op, on Saturday, Dec. 1, during the city of Arlington’s Hometown Holidays celebration.
The Co-Op accessory building was packed with shoppers looking to snag hand-crafted goods, winter veggies and even pictures with Santa.
“We are definitely on track to be better attended than last year,” said Samantha Schuller, event coordinator. “I’d say that’s because of our reputation for having really high-quality handmade items. We have fewer vendors than last year, but it’s all supreme quality. It’s just really good stuff.”
The market offered locally grown plants and vegetables, baked goods, local honey, truffles, knitted hats, crocheted scarves, handmade Christmas ornaments, vintage-inspired jewelry, hand-made soaps and more.
Victory Ralston, a 15-year-old Arlington resident, started her own business two years ago and began selling her own creations online and at Bella Bungalow, an Arlington boutique.
“I’ve always loved crafty things and I love vintage and I thought I’d combine the two into handmade vintage-inspired things,” she said. Ralston sold a variety of her items at Handmade Holiday, her second year there.
“I like that it’s during the holiday time, because my items make really good gifts,” said Ralston, who also sells her wares at www.vintagebyvictory.etsy.com.
Christina Corvin of Marysville is another vendor who chose to sell her products at the market for the second year in a row.
“I love the Arlington Farmers Market,” she said. “There’s a great sense of community and environmental responsibility.”
Corvin has been crocheting for 17 years and selling her creations for two years. She sold hats, scarves and more at the market.
The event spanned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Santa Claus made an appearance for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The city of Arlington was hosting its Hometown Holidays event at the same time which helped expose hundreds of visitors to the craft market. Handmade Holiday also offered a $5 per ticket raffle to win a live 5-foot noble fir Christmas tree completely decked out with ornaments, decorations and gifts from the vendors, with proceeds going to support the Farmers Market.
“There is so much great stuff on there, I almost want to win it myself,” joked Schuller.
For more information about the Arlington Farmers Market and upcoming events visit www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.