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Trims and Whims is as regular as colored leaves in the fall.
This 33rd annual Christmas crafts fair opens the holiday gift-buying season Saturday and Sunday at Wright Elementary School on Rocket Lane.
The event offers the largest showing of handmade arts and crafts in the area – approximately 98 vendors – and features local crafters as well as folks who travel from across the state. Artists say they look forward to showing their handicrafts, and shoppers appear to enjoy finding unique gifts among the booths that line the halls and fill the multipurpose room and the gym at the school.
There are even booths set outside the building, where new crafters introduce their wares.
One of them is Hope Kremer of the Yarn Wagon, who this year will be showing her yarns and hand-knit and crocheted products at an outside booth. “I’m excited to show at Trims and Whims for the first time,” she said. “Even with an outside booth, it’s an honor to show at the craft fair.
“I figure that folks are coming to buy. The weather forecast looks good for the weekend with sunshine and temperatures in the sixties. This should mean a good turnout.”
She said a challenge of showing for the first time is knowing the number of items to make for the sale. “I have no idea what to expect, but I hope for big sales,” Kremer said. “I started to knit fingerless gloves in team colors of both Shelby County and Collins high schools as a fundraiser for the band boosters. I made extra for this weekend. I’ve got crocheted sweaters, hats and scarves. This is a good opportunity to show what I sell through my mobile shop, the Yarn Wagon.”
Seasoned Trims & Whims crafters express the same enthusiasm for the annual show as newcomers. Sisters Norma Bullock and Nanette Alwes have shared booth space at the show for at least nine years. “It was one of our first shows, and we love it,” Alwes said. “We’ve had the same booth space for years, right across from the library. Everyone passes that way. We get all the traffic.
“We enjoy coming to this craft show year after year. Everyone is so nice. The ladies in the booths around us have held their same spots for years, and we’ve gotten to be friends. We look forward to seeing one another and catching up each November.
“We’ve done other shows, but they don’t have the same traffic that Trims and Whims has. The event is so organized, down to the last details. It’s always been our best show of the season.”
The event is sponsored by Alpha Delta Kappa, a teaching sorority that applies proceeds toward college scholarships for students at both high schools.
Alwes, a painter, will be present with her oils and easel this weekend. “I’m the messy one, covered with paint by the end of the weekend,” she said.
Her sister, Bullock, decorates and displays trees. “We spend most of the year preparing for fall craft shows,” she said. “We get really busy in the last few days before a show. Our season runs from mid-October until the first week in December, then we’ll take the rest of the year to get ready for next year.”
One bit of advice Alwes has for shoppers: “Come hungry. The Tea Room serves great food. Our eighty-eight-year-old father comes to have lunch with me and my sister each year. I recommend the turkey croissant.”
Trims and Whims 2013
WHAT:Holiday craft fair
WHEN:9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE:Wright Elementary School, 500 Rocket Lane, Shelbyville.
MISCELLANEY:98 booths, a tearoom, offering lunch, tea and snacks, and a Kris Kringle booth, with homemade bake-sale items.