Craft fair season a hit in Nashua

As the weeks slip by toward the end of the year, it seems the calendar gets more and more full. So many events penciled in with good intention to chip away for seasonal decor and even gifts. This season is especially chocked full of local businesses vying for the attention of shoppers.

Never is this more obvious than at the local craft fairs, and the Nashua High School Craft Fair and Raffle sponsored by Lil Iguana, was no exception. There were a number of raffles, mostly beautifully decorated gift baskets. They were filled with cocoas, teas, food, bath products, anything that was a complete ensemble.

Even if you attended past craft fairs and some of the vendors were the same, the differences far outweighed the similarities. The merchandise on display seemed to lend itself to a more educational angle. There were books on cultural masks and art and coding. One booth featured geologists with pieces of quartz and bismuth and desert scale for sale, or just to admire and ask about.

The vendors themselves seemed to have found their niches and flourish in them. An item itself created a multitude of times, but the detailing being where the true creativity lies. There was a gentleman there that had created anthropomorphic frogs out of nuts and washers, detailing them as firemen and golfers, photographers and so much more in his “Welcome to Frogtown” display. He was as obviously proud as they were charming.

Bert, the self-proclaimed lumberjack from “Do It With a Lumberjack”, had a line of jams, sauces and oils that would naturally tie in to any homemade gift-basket idea. He passed his time chatting to customers of any age, with a sample or suggestion.

Wineglasses that looked like snow globes under votive holders and snowmen made out of light bulbs were on display as decorations. It was obvious if you looked carefully, that the pieces were made with everyday objects, but together with some plaster of paris and ingenuity, they were stunning. Everyday items snuck into being at the core of many unique crafts, from old-fashioned clothes pins and pipe cleaners to artificial flowers.

Many of the booths were manned by people who had taken their hobby and were attempting to cash in on it. Wood burning plaques of various detailing, knitters and seamstresses filled the large gynasium. There were tried and true established home entrepreneurs taking advantage of the focused customer base, including but not limited to Avon, Posh, You-nique Products and Magnabilities.

It would be easy to get all the seasonal shopping done in a couple hours to this or any of the local craft fairs.

Getting to see all the creative and distinct ideas would be inspiration for anyone, no matter their budget.

Lifestyles columnist Audrey Lassor, of Nashua, can be reached at allassor@gmail.com. She also pens an online blog, One Step at a Time, chronicling her journey to attain wellness and weightloss. It can be found at audreysjourney2015.blogspot.com.