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B'ville Christian Academy's inaugural craft fair a success

Shoppers explored the many crafts as they wandered through the hallways lined with tables and vendors at Baldwinsville Christian Academy's first ever craft fair.

The school raised about $890 on Dec. 4 at what they hope to be their annual craft fair. The proceeds will go towards keeping tuition costs low. The school's profit came from the $25 table fee the vendors were charged, $30 if the vendor needed electricity for their table, and the concession sales, said Dava McElyea, the administrative assistant at the school and one of the organizers for the craft fair.

"The fair was a success," she said. "I'm even toying with the idea to have a spring one. Of course, we would like to have more shoppers, but that will increase in future years. We had a lot of shoppers outside of our school family, as well as a good turn out from our school family."

There were 28 tables, with products ranging from Tupperware to homemade items like jewelry and pillows. The vendors came from all over Central New York. About one third of the tables were from people that were somehow associated with the school, either as a teacher, parent, alumna or a friend of someone at the school. The fair also had door prizes, a performance from the World of Light Ballet, a non-profit Christian dance company and Dr. Scott Kozlowski, a chiropractor, was offering free wellness screenings.

McElyea said the school decided to do a craft fair because they are always looking for different fundraisers. "Other schools do them," she said. "We have a lot of talent in the school and I thought we could do it." She said she also wanted a place to be able to sell the necklaces she makes.

She added, "You can only do so many candy bar sales and catalogue sales."

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