Christmas craft season is back on PEI, and the experience itself is just as rewarding as making a sale for some vendors.
Hundreds of people came to the craft fair at Three Oaks High School in Summerside, the first time it had been held since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sandy Champion said she expects to make enough money selling crafts to do all her own Christmas shopping.
She thinks of her late father, who encouraged her to explore her artistic side, every time she sells one of her painted bulbs.
“My dad taught me to knit when I was 13 and I’ve just progressed to do so many things since then,” she said. “He would be so proud of me if he was still here.”
She started painting the bulbs when she realized she was throwing away so many and thought there must be a better use for them.
“A lot of people like the idea of them getting recycled,” she said.
Joy Gallant also can’t stand throwing anything away. She sells all kinds of handicrafts, including rugs made from materials her stepmother gave her before she died.
“I had sacks and sacks of cut wool and I didn’t have the heart to say no,” she said.
Hunter River also held a Christmas craft fair on Saturday.
Krissy Vardon, owner of Little Bit of Everything Crafts, said she had a brain aneurysm about six years ago and found crafting to be “a bit of a pick-me-up”.
“Having to see everyone’s faces, especially after being indoors for so long with COVID, makes all the difference.”
Vendors say they are doing what they can to keep prices low, even though rising inflation has made crafts more expensive to make.
“I tend to do it for the fun of it, to give someone something they’ll remember…and to do it at a price where I’m not there to take it all out of pocket,” said said Vardon.
The 35th Annual Three Oaks Christmas Craft Fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a craft fair in Victoria on Sundays.
The Bluefield High School Christmas Craft Fair will be held November 18-19. The Colonel Gray Craft Fair in Charlottetown is scheduled for November 25-26.