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Methodist Women's Craft Marketplace entering fifth year

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The Fifth Annual Bethel International United Methodist Women Craft Marketplace will take place Saturday, Nov. 9.

The event, which benefits the church's United Methodist Women's group efforts to, among other things, combat human trafficking and sexual abuse, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bethel International United Methodist Church is located at 1200 Bethel Road.

Admission is free.

The fair, which is expected to have 60 vendors offering only handcrafted items, was launched five years ago by United Methodist Women's organization member Carla Granger.

Granger recalled last week she was at church one Sunday, looking around the Family Life Center, and thought, "What a great place to have a craft show."

Next thing Granger knew, she was organizing one.

"I opened my mouth and got put in charge of the craft show," she said.

Some of the vendors scheduled to be on hand Saturday have returned every year since the event was inaugurated, the chairwoman indicated.

Among the items available will be American Girl clothing, homemade Buckeye items, homemade food, purses, jewelry, wood-carvings and items for children.

With an American Girl store now open in Easton, Granger said she expects the woman making clothing for the line of dolls to be busy at the fair.

A homemade lunch will be provided by members of the United Methodist Women for $6, and a bake sale will benefit the youth group at the church.

A toy drive also is being held in conjunction with the event, Granger said.

The toys collected will be donated to the Church of All People Free Store Christmas Shop downtown, which provides presents to children of 500 families during the holidays, she said.

"These are the completely downtrodden," Granger added.

Those donating toys to the drive will receive five free raffle tickets for items donated by vendors.

Although she's gratified the Craft Marketplace has grown over the years, Granger said the 60 vendors are pretty much as many as the event can handle.

"We're pretty maxed at what we can accommodate," she said.

"Our goal is to make it a wonderful shopping experience, so we don't want to cram the vendors in like sardines.

"We want the customers to be able to walk around and see the items."

The craft fair is always held the second Saturday in November, and this year things turned out lucky for the church.

"It's a bye week," Granger said. "There's no Buckeye game."

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