March 28, 2016
Filed under Brainstorming Meetings, DO IT YOURSELF, Handmade Philly Events, Local Events, Local Organizations, Member Spotlight
Tags: Art, Arts & Crafts, center city, handmade, handmade philly, Liliglow Boutique, makers, Philadelphia, Philly, Philly Arts, Philly Etsy Team, philly events
Crafty Balboa hosts a craft show in December at Broad Street Ministries, 315 Broad Street, in Center City. This building is a very attractive church that used to be home to the Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church. This past December was a cool and crisp early winter day, and the interior was packed with crafters and shoppers.
The vaulted ceiling of the chapel was lovely and was hung with handmade decorations. There were approximately 40 booths and shoppers were shoulder to shoulder. Every type of craft was available — candles, scarves, ornaments, toys, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, placemats, upcycled, vintage, etc. The main quality that all had in common was that these are not things you could find in a typical department store. This is a great forum for buying that special, one-of-a-kind gift. Items were selling at the low to mid range in prices.
One of the sellers here was Angela Davidson of Philadelphia. She was surrounded by a zoo of her colorful crocheted creatures. I personally noted squid, fish, cats, ponies, elephants, goats, and unicorns.
Angela uses her knack for color and whimsy and combines this with her skill of crochet to make these great items for gifts for the young and young at heart. Applications for the holiday show are due in mid October. Last year’s show was one week before Christmas and it drew a lot of shoppers. I’m sure the mild weather helped. Most booths appeared to be busy with shoppers. My unofficial survey of sellers was positive, although not overwhelmingly so.
by Diane Olivia