Fall Harvest Market returns


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October 30, 2014 9:42 AM

Julia Nerbas, Whitney Nerbas and Chris Kelly went to the Fall Harvest Market to get unique gifts for their families this Christmas. The market is open from Oct. 29–30 on the second floor of the Centennial Civic Centre. - Jon Clarke Photo

It’s time for Lloydminster’s second Fall Harvest Market, taking place Oct. 29 and 30 at the Centennial Civic Centre auditorium. Local vendors are offering handmade jewelry, unique arts and crafts, textiles, pottery and many other custom wares that are up for purchase.

Everything available at the market is pretty much guaranteed to be one of a kind, making for great gift ideas or perhaps just a good reason to treat yourself to something original.

“We have more vendors this year than last and a wide variety of handmade items,” said Michele de Leyer, bookings co-ordinator with the Centennial Civic Centre. “And Lorna’s Catering will have a soup and sandwich lunch available both days and a roast beef supper on Wednesday and turkey supper on Thursday.”

Meals are included with the price of admission of $2.

Last year’s market exceeded de Leyer’s expectations “by about three fold” and with this year’s new vendors, attendees can expect to see some reworked vintage clothing, redone furniture, body products, and dream catchers, just to name a few.

“Come down for your early Christmas shopping,” suggests de Leyer. “Everything is one of a kind. Your neighbour will not get the same gift you did and your child’s teacher won’t get three of the same gift. It is also a great time to have coffee and pie with friends!”

Dawn Floen had a booth set up at last year’s event for her company S.IN. Jewelry and will also be there this time around. She said that there is a huge amount of talent in Lloydminster with its various artists, many of whom will be in attendance.

“It’s a don’t-miss show if you like unique items,” she said.

Floen’s company, which started out as Sunshine Industries but got shortened to S.IN. for convenience, offers handcrafted jewelry, mostly made of fine and sterling silvers as well as gemstones.

“I like to make jewelry that has meaning to people,” she said. “I usually do custom work.”

With the success of last year’s event and this year’s high expectations, there’s a good chance of the market becoming an annual fixture on the art community’s calender. 

“Next year is already being thought of,” said de Leyer. “Plans will be forthcoming in the spring.”

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