It’s nearly the time of year when people begin making their lists and checking it twice.
The 26th Annual Saline Craft Show, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Saline Middle School, offers something unique for someone special on your holiday shopping list.
More than 249 craft makers and artists will showcase their most recent work, which includes decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating items, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing. All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individuals at affordable prices, according to Cheryl Hoeft, who founded and continues to organize the craft shows. Artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works.
Manchester resident Sherry Haas said the Saline Craft Show is a family tradition.
“I love getting with my sisters to head for the show. We help each other pick out our new treasures. Sandy wants outdoor decorations, Laurie ‘needs’ another moose, I love jewelry and Linda and Liz - well, they love everything,” Haas said.
This show provides both crafts and art, from the latest in shabby chic to handmade furniture and hand-painted clothing, Hoeft said.
Shoppers are advised to come early for the best selection, as customers line up before the doors open to visit their favorite artists. The artists come from 14 different states and 155 Michigan cities. This year’s show features 47 new crafters.
Last year, the Saline Craft Show attracted 10,000 customers from through the Midwest.
The Saline High Craft Show is a juried craft show, ensuring visitors and shoppers of receiving the highest quality, one-of-a-kind and limited edition, Hoeft said. These crafters’ displays embody skills and reflect respect for both the materials used and the processes and their handcrafted products feature original designs that can enhance the beauty of the buyer’s environment whether used in the home or garden, Hoeft said.
Over the years, the Saline Craft Show has become an important fundraising source for Saline High School student groups. Students will staff the concession stands, host bake sales and raise funds in other ways. The show benefits the cross country, swim and dive, baseball and track teams and choral groups.
Admission for the Saline Craft Show is $4.
Customers can take advantage of free shuttle service from Faurecia and designated local businesses and schools. For more information, call (734) 429-5922,( 734) 429-8020 or visit www.salineshows.com