A plethora of handmade goods ranging from recycled pop can art to salsa drew thousands of interested shoppers.
An 11-year-old girl from Grand Haven had her own tent set up, and business was thriving. Lannie Fox said she began hand-making dog collars and leashes about a year ago, and thus Dolled Up Doggy was born.
“I started off with just collars,” she said, “while I was working with the Harbor Humane Society.”
Fox began with the nylon base of the collar and uses her sewing machine to add different patterns to give her products a unique look.
“I have several online designs for sale, where I can do custom orders, and I have products in local stores,” she said. “Must Love Dogs and Swanky’s in Manistee carry them.”
The collars cost $20 and leashes are $25, with $1 of every sale going toward the Plymouth Great Dane Rescue non-profit organization.
University of Michigan graduate student Landria Christman’s trade is also a hand-sewn accessory, but for humans. The Sassy Olive makes and distributes head bands and wraps.
“It all kind of started unexpectedly,” the 24-year-old explained. “I was hanging out with my grandma, who was recovering from surgery, and I just asked her to teach me how to sew because I wanted to make a few headbands for myself. Things just kind of spiraled from there and, all of the sudden, I had this business and was paying for grad school with it.”
Christman is originally from Allegan, but her shop is based in Ann Arbor where she attends U-M’s School of Public Health. She runs her business online and through craft fairs.
The craft fair continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.