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Shoppers find crafty gift ideas

College of the Canyons hosts 19th Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Posted: November 22, 2008 8:47 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Philip Ramirez, from Lancaster, shows 6-year-old Garrett Hamlett how to use the kid-friendly bow and arrow set he's selling at the craft fair. The event continues today from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Oversized pajama-blanket pants, mini-guitars and holiday license plates were just a few creative items for sale to the community Saturday at the 19th College of the Canyons Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair.

"We just came to look at holiday crafts and maybe get some holiday shopping done early," said Karen Beltran of Santa Clarita, who strolled the booths with her husband Phillip Beltran. "We try to find gifts that are unique, not just off the rack. We're kind of a crafty family."

The Beltrans were bound to find something out of the ordinary, especially with the handful of new vendors making their business debut at the fair.

Cassie Bond, Debbie Balter and Stephanie Balter of Valencia sold their handmade crystal glass jewelry to the public for the first time.

In the past, the group made the jewelry as personalized gifts for friends.

"This is a test run to see if we're going to sell them," Debbie Balter said. "We're doing really well, actually."
Sheri Varela sat behind a table of girls' T-shirts that read "I'm so over it" and "Attitude matters." As a new business-owner trying to promote positive messages on T-shirts for women, Varela appreciates any opportunity to get the word out.

Vendors attracted shoppers of all ages. Even the young ones found items that intrigued them.

Abigail Brown, 5, of Valencia, browsed through a display of patterned aprons. She said she likes to cook but her favorite craft is painting.

"We love craft fairs," said Abigail's mother, Alison Brown.

College of the Canyons' Classified Senate hosted the fair. The Senate provides professional development for the college's classified staff, enhances communication between staff and faculty, facilitates staff recognition and professionalism and more.

The goal was to raise money for the Senate and provide marketing for the vendors, said Sheryn Monheim of Saugus, a fair organizer.

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will continue with different vendors, a farmer's market and an antique show from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at College of the Canyons.

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