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.
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