Rotary Craft Show Set to Draw Thousands
(LITITZ, Pa–LititzDailyNews.com)–Under a choir of cicadas, craft show vendors from around the country set out their wares under white tents in the sweltering heat of Lititz Springs Park on Friday night getting ready for Saturday’s show.
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Sherry Stellmach and her son-in-law sweated as they set up some of their craft specialties–wooden winter carolers and bone-shaped yard stakes that will soon be personalized for man’s best friend.
The Annville resident is a 15-year veteran of the Lititz Rotary Craft Show, one of the largest and most popular outdoor craft shows in the country that draws hundreds of vendors and an estimated 30,000 shoppers to the Lancaster County community.
If previous years are any indication, those shoppers will snap up many of Stellmach’s items by Saturday afternoon, and some designs that she brings each year are expected to sell out.
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“We sell all of the dog toy boxes because people love their animals and they love to see their dog’s name on the front of the box,” said Stellmach. “And we sell the reindeer even though it’s 100 degrees. They sell out of those every year too.”
She makes all of the items at their booth along with her husband and son, who are off to a show in Ohio this weekend.
First-time vendor Lynn Garner traveled all the way from Georgia for the show as the new owner of a mobile clothing boutique. She’s hoping that despite the high temps, shoppers will will be seeking out her colorful fall fashions.
The Lyndamark Fashion racks are burgeoning with over 1,000 items for craft-savvy fashionistas to find. She’s hoping that craft show shoppers fall in love with the styles like she did.
“I loved the colors, and I loved the materials, and I loved the product,” said Garner of her decision to take on the challenge of owning a new business at age 65. In case sales don’t go as planned, she jokingly told her husband that she has a back-up plan.
“If it doesn’t work, I’ve got clothes for the rest of my life. I can gain weight, I can lose weight, how much fun is that?” she said.
Garner delights in showing the shop’s selection–from scarves with jewelry to the skirts she loves so much because dog fur doesn’t cling, she says. And she should know, since she also enjoys showing some of the 20 dogs that she owns on weekends when she isn’t on the road selling clothes.
In addition to meeting new people at the show she has one hope in particular: to not have to pack all the merchandise and take it back to Georgia. It’s a sentiment echoed by Sherry Stellmach as well.
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“If people would just come and empty this out so we don’t have to pack, I’d be really happy,” said Garner. Either way, she’s just looking forward to meeting the thousands who she invites to stop by to browse her booths at K 37-39, just west of the gazebo.
“It’s always an experience and an adventure, and that’s what life should be.”
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