Children's Craft Fair marks 45th year at Bellingham library

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 25, 2013 

Browse handmade wares and watch area youngsters hone their entrepreneurial skills at the annual Children's Craft Fair sponsored by Bellingham Public Library.

Now in its 45th year, the fair is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 26, on the lawn behind the library at 210 Central Ave. Shoppers will find tables and booths staffed by children 13 and younger who reserved to sell their wares - including crafts and baked goods.

"It's a great way to bring the community to the library to see the things the kids have made," said Bernice Chang, children's library specialist. "Bookmarks, jewelry, cookies, everything is made by the kids - it's a good way for them to practice their economic and entrepreneurial skills."

Besides the fun of making their crafts and products to sell, participants get to keep all of the money they make - since entry is free.

The fair is free to attend. Items for sale must be priced at $4 or less.

Chang said the young participants gain valuable experience by learning what crafts will sell, and develop business practices such as pricing, marketing and the mechanics of how to display their creations.

"Every year, people are learning more about how to display their crafts, and that a good display attracts more customers," she said.

Last year, 60 to 70 kids registered (registration closed this week).

"We provide the space - they bring their own stuff. There's just a wide array of things," she said, including finger-knit "snakes," cat toys, earrings and other jewelry.

A favorite of Chang's was "shoulder buddies" made from a Solo cup with a painted face, held in place with pipe cleaners.

"They were so creative," she said.

In case of rain, the fair will be held Aug. 2, but this week's forecast predicts continued fair weather.

Suggest your ideas for family-friendly events or day trips to Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.

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