Kamya and I have had the Benzonia Craft Fair marked in our calendars since August. We’ve been dying to see the work of the Repurposeful Librarians, Michelle and Cathy’s fundraising-through-crafting arm. Proceeds benefit programs at Benzonia Public Library.
We came up the day before for some meetings, then were bowled over by what we saw at the Fair. (Let’s just say we did much of our holiday shopping, too!)
Getting off the elevator, I saw this (left to right):
(Middle school spirit swag, plus jewelry, homemade jellies, balms, and lotions)
(More homemade concoctions, then a booth raising money for education in Borneo by repurposing shoe leather scraps, then a booth selling upcycled wool mittens, hats, adn clothing.)
Here is some of what drew our eye at the Repurposeful Librarians’ booth:
(See that lamp on the left? It now belongs to me.)
(These are actually carefully excised from a donated coffee table book and sold for $1/page. So many sold while we were there. What a clever and profitable alternative to selling the book itself at a book sale!)
(Ornaments from recycled materials.)
(Rolled up print = snowman)
(Having bought many gifts at the booth, I realize these photos are full of what I did not buy but yearned for!)
(More rolled paper designs)
(Everything sold by the Repurposeful Librarians is designed and made by library staffers on their own time. All profits benefit programs at the library. This is the only library I know of that has a program like this!)
Beyond the Repurposefuls, Sophie had Charlie Brown trees for sale:
Jimmy’s booth featured one-of-a-kind Harry Potter wands. If you were really lucky, Sophie was working the booth and could help you pick one just right for you. Then she’d tell you what was inside the wand (mine had a phoenix feather). Service right out Diagon Alley!
And this booth of art, batik art (including a book!), and lavender treats from the Flynn farm:
We were so inspired by the artistry we saw in this single small room — we got lots of, err, “holiday” shopping done. If only there had been enough money for a custom upcycled wool jacket … the basket woven with an antler handle … the quilt … the stuffed dragon tail for kids … the jewelry worthy of an episode of The Tudors …)
Enjoy the visual feast!