Chatter carried through the Christian Life Center on Saturday as visitors perused items available for purchase during the Tellico Village Community Church Crafters’ spring charity sale.
From 9 a.m.-noon, tables were full of hand-crafted items and baked goods.
Sharon Cornwell, crafters president, welcomed visitors as they came inside.
“We do our crafts from January to April, and then we have our sale,” Cornwell said. “In May, we start for our Christmas sale. Every booth does their thing and this is the result.”
The spring sale is one of two the crafters hold each year, with the other in the fall. Although the fall sale is larger due to the holiday season, Cornwell believes Saturday was equally important.
The sale brought in $8,178.55, Cornwell said.
In 2018, the crafters gave away $24,600 to various charitable causes such as Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District, Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, Good Shepherd Center of Monroe County and Iva’s Place.
“It is just awesome to give back to the community — the fire department, library, Good Samaritan, a lot of charities,” Cornwell said.
Saturday included many favorites such as scubbies, “Jezebel” sauce and mailbox covers. Jewelry was also offered, which Cornwell pushed to add in the sale.
“I knew two of the gals in the jewelry group, there’s maybe four or five, and I said, ‘Hey, have you ever been to a craft show where there isn’t jewelry?’ If there is jewelry the women are lined up to buy. It’s a big draw,” she said.
Crafters volunteer Pat Stern helped sell jewelry.
“Everybody usually likes the bling,” Stern said. “It’s like after the bakery goods they’re stopping by because their eyes — catch their eye with the bling. Most of our beads were donated to us and then we made the necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We took apart jewelry and made something new out of it.”
This is the first year for Stern as part of the crafters, but not as a visitor to the sale.
“The biggest takeaway is we come every Monday and stay until noon and the whole room is filled with ladies working on projects,” she said. “The biggest takeaway is the devotion of the women who made all these things. And, of course, Sharon would tell you it’s about all the money that’s donated to the community.”
Directly beside the jewelry were baked goods. Faith Cofink welcomed people as they walked up to the tables.
“I always think of this — we have handmade and homemade,” Cofink said. “It’s only been an hour and we’re doing very well. ... The fact that those are handmade, beautiful, and these are homemade. So I think it’s part the fact that everything is individually made. They’re not purchased, nothing really — it’s a craft sale. So I feel like baked goods are part of the craft.”
The crafters meet 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays in the Community Church fellowship hall. Plans are to reconvene meetings in May to prepare for the fall sale.
“Women like to shop. It’s as old as dirt,” Cornwell said with a laugh. “Women like craft shows and we enjoy what we do on top of the socialization that goes along with us. Everybody has developed great friends. We have one gal who she’s leaving, moving to Minnesota with her family. She’s been president three times and been in this group for over 20 years. So it just is a good thing.”