Local vendors share their talents at the Cherry Hill Library Craft Fair

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosted their 3rd annual Craft Fair on March 20th, 2022.

Elsa Brumbaugh ('24)

The Cherry Hill Public Library hosted their 3rd annual Craft Fair on March 20th, 2022.

If you walked into the Cherry Hill Public Library on March 20th expecting a quiet, studious atmosphere, you were mistaken. This past Sunday, the library hosted their third Craft Fair in recent years and had a record turnout. The lively event was located in the lower level, but the chattering of excited shoppers could be heard throughout the venue. Like many other indoor functions, the fair had been postponed because of COVID-19 concerns throughout the past few years, but with its successful return this past fall, the library staff knew it would be a hit again this spring. With a wide array of craftsmanship on display, ranging from baking and knitting to candle making, patrons of the fair were sure to find something to their liking. 

There were many creative items sold at the Craft Fair such as different crochet products. (Elsa Brumbaugh (’24))

The Craft Fair, like many other events held by the library, is a way to raise money to maintain a welcoming and engaging environment for the town’s citizens. “[The money] goes to do other programs that we don’t charge for and any other things that the library needs that our normal money doesn’t always cover,” said the library’s volunteer coordinator, Meredith Meyer, who organized the event. Since entry to the fair is free for shoppers, the library makes a profit by charging the vendors $25, which allows them to set up their booth and advertise.

The Craft Fair not only had arts and crafts vendors, but also bakery pop-ups. (Elsa Brumbaugh (’24))

Some of this year’s vendors had previous experience within the small business community and participated in the Craft Fair in the past. Others however, including jewelry maker Jenn Burrini, are new to the scene. “This was actually my Covid hobby; I picked it up because I didn’t have anything else to do,” she answered when asked what inspired her to get into crafting. Throughout quarantine, many people discovered new pastimes to keep them busy while stuck at home, and Burrini was no exception. She and many other crafters were excited to finally participate in the fair and share their creativity with those who appreciate it. 

Everything sold at the Craft Fair was 100% homemade. (Elsa Brumbaugh (’24))

The overwhelming success of this spring’s Craft Fair will surely prompt its return in the near future. Make sure to be on the lookout for updates and keep your calendars open!