Shoppers take advantage of Last Chance Merry Market in Forty Fort

By Geri Gibbons - For Times Leader
Patti Kushner, of Edwardsville, looks at holiday headbands at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader -
Artist Haley Edwards, of Forty Fort, center, talks with customers at the HaleBoppComet stand at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader -
Sophia Farrell, 10, of West Pittston, walks around 900 Marketplace on stilts during the Last Chance Merry Market in Forty Fort. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader -
Shoppers walk through 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort during the Last Chance Merry Market on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader - -
Vendor Michele Bellis, of Hanover Township, looks at one of her lighted lanterns for sale at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader - -

FORTY FORT — Last-minute holiday shoppers hoping to find quality handmade gifts for loved ones were not disappointed Sunday as hundreds of people made their way through the Last Chance Merry Market sponsored by 900 Marketplace.

Sophia Farrell, 10, was enjoying helping her grandmother, Susan “Nana” Farrell as they greeted customers entering the event with a smile and a candy cane.

Susan Farrell, a vendor, was offering macramé items and assorted crafts, and thoroughly enjoying spending time out in the community bonding with her granddaughter.

Sophia Farrell’s goals were a bit more monetary, as she sold crafts she had made herself, saving to provide snow globes as gifts “for every member of my family.”

Susan Farrell described the event as “even better than expected” in regard to the atmosphere, products offered and good spirit of attendees.

Megan and Jason Alfano, of Exeter, were enjoying cups of coffee as they walked through the event with daughter, Josie, 1.

The two had found out about the event on Facebook and were eager to attend.

They were impressed with the venue, held in an open space which lent itself to comfortably browsing at their own pace.

“Its bigger than I though it would be,” said Megan Alfano, shopping bags in hand. “We had a great time.”

Steve St. Clair, of Berwick, selling antique and vintage items, was enjoying spending an afternoon in the Wyoming Valley, admitting he was not very familiar with the area.

St. Clair said he had received a phone call about the event and decided to take a chance and make the trip.

He was not disappointed.

“I would do it again,” he said. “Sales have been good and customers have been great.”

Like many business owners at the event, St. Clair was eager to share his story with attendees as they passed by.

“Our business is ‘Zeke’s Antiques,’” he said. “Zeke’s my dog, a black lab, and he’s always with me. And, it rhymes.”

Those who came hungry were not disappointed, with various stands offering holiday-themed treats.

Mike Sabia, owner of Sweet Lush Cupcakery, served up such favorites as Santa-topped confetti, marshmallow hot chocolate and coconut snowball cupcakes.

Organizer Shylo Egenski, deemed the event a success with a steady stream of customers making their way among more than 50 businesses offering unique hand-crafted items and foods.

Egenski said the venue will continue to host marketplace events, the next one to be held in April.

Patti Kushner, of Edwardsville, looks at holiday headbands at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121817XmasMarket_5.jpgPatti Kushner, of Edwardsville, looks at holiday headbands at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Artist Haley Edwards, of Forty Fort, center, talks with customers at the HaleBoppComet stand at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121817XmasMarket_4.jpgArtist Haley Edwards, of Forty Fort, center, talks with customers at the HaleBoppComet stand at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Sophia Farrell, 10, of West Pittston, walks around 900 Marketplace on stilts during the Last Chance Merry Market in Forty Fort. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121817XmasMarket_3.jpgSophia Farrell, 10, of West Pittston, walks around 900 Marketplace on stilts during the Last Chance Merry Market in Forty Fort. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Shoppers walk through 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort during the Last Chance Merry Market on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121817XmasMarket_2.jpgShoppers walk through 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort during the Last Chance Merry Market on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Vendor Michele Bellis, of Hanover Township, looks at one of her lighted lanterns for sale at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL121817XmasMarket_1.jpgVendor Michele Bellis, of Hanover Township, looks at one of her lighted lanterns for sale at the Last Chance Merry Market at 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort on Sunday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Geri Gibbons

For Times Leader

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