Altrusa Christmas Craft Show returns

WARREN – The stockings were hung by the quilts with care, in hopes that Christmas shoppers soon would be there specifically at the 41st Annual Altrusa Craft Show in Packard Music Hall on Sunday.

Displays of locally made jewelry, bags, hair accessories and the like filled the building while shoppers wove in and out of the aisles of goods.

“We’re loving it. This is our favorite place to do Christmas shopping. It’s all one of a kind,” said Marge Baldwin of Austintown.

She and Jackie Pakos of Niles oohed and aahed over personalized painted wooded snowmen and moose made by Cindy Burger of Minerva. Baldwin said, without fail, she always buys something from Burger when she visits.

“It’s my first time here, and I am finding stuff left and right,” said Laura McCreanor while eyeing sets of hair clips.

The clips, bright ribbons and bows, were put together by first-time crafter Linda Dibacco of Grandpa’s Girl.

“I got tired of being retired, and so I started Grandpa’s Girl,” she said.

Now she spends her days putting together the clips and headbands inspired by her granddaughter. She said her first year at the show has been a good experience.

Across the aisle from Dibacco, Betty Martin of Jefferson was busy sewing a custom mantle quilt. She has been selling her rag dolls and quilts at the event for more than 15 years.

“Sewing has been in my family. My mother and grandmother always sewed quilts,” she said.

Dibacco said over the years she has found that people are willing to pay a little more for the handmade goods. Whether it was a new wreath, a unique lettered sign or a lighthouse painting, plenty of shoppers found something special to take home with them.