Starting as a dental hygienist, I was fascinated by the craft shows. It was ‘91 I signed up for my first show. A love of the Christmas season led to the wide range of ornaments in my line, especially paint mosaic ornaments and votives. A favorite line of paint for the mosaic ornaments was discontinued and a replacement needed to be found. Resulting in the fun of developing a personal paint mixture. I have been a juried member of The Craftsmen’s Classic shows since 2010 and a former member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild for over 25 years. At almost 65, the excitement of expanding to the larger shows had been a goal for many years. Proving that it's never too late to start a new career.
Kentucky Krafts is a small business located in the heart of Bourbon County in Kentucky. The artist in residence, Walt Sullivan, is primarily known for his political work, but as with all things, change is inevitable and Walt has branched out and embraced photography and watercolor as mediums of expression. His artwork draws you into the scene and you can feel the heat of the sun, the flicker of the breeze and the coolness of the shade in the trees.
The D-Graters are more than plates, they are part of a unique cooking culture that stretches the Mediterranean. They are hand made, and hand painted by Spanish artisans who are part of an industry that has been creating pottery, tiles and ceramics for a millennium! Grate cheese, chocolate, nutmeg, root ginger, breadcrumbs, lemon zest and much more! You can grate garlic that is as spreadable and pliable as butter! Use it for sauces, soups, stews, marinades and in dipping oils! Come for the live demonstrations! These are back by popular demand!
Capital Teas is a fifth generation fine tea merchants. Their mission? To inspire people through the wonders of tea, one cup at a time! This company dates back to 1890, when great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, oversaw one of the first tea estates to be planted on Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). This company really know their teas! Come and try the highest quality teas and infusions from around the world and really impress your guests this Christmas!
$4 online, $5 at the door
(Children under 12 are FREE)
Merry Market is a two-day shopping extravaganza, bringing together a host of smaller, boutique-style vendors with a variety of unique and custom items, many of which are usually only available online.
These items will be available to see, touch and take home on the spot. You will have the added benefit of talking directly to the artisans who make and sell these many, one-of-a-kind items.
Saturday offers casual shopping for everyone, but Friday is a special ladies night event, Jingle Bell Cocktail. This will be the first chance to preview and shop the wares at Merry Market 2017 and we like to open with a bang!
Jingle Bell Cocktail is an exclusive ticketed event where guests will enjoy their shopping experience with fabulous friends while enjoying a cocktail or two, passed hor d'oeurves and a silent auction.
Sprelly is a locally based business which features hand crafted gourmet nut butters in delicious flavors such as White Chocolate Almond Butter, Sweet Thai Chili Peanut Butter, Salted Butterscotch Peanut Butter, Almond/Cashew/Coconut Triple Blend, Harvest Spice Peanut Butter and their newest variety, Blackberry White Chocolate Almond Butter.Sprelly’s unique and delicious products can be found at many local farmer’s markets in Northern Virginia.
Flossie's use only the finest semiprecious gems, handmade sterling silver, leather, and silk to create one of a kind, individually crafted pieces. They mix media in an unusual fashion to create eclectic yet sophisticated wearable art. Pieces are layered together and look equally as well layered with some of the famous jewelry designers on the market today.
All About the Beverage is just as the name suggests, everything in this booth is beverage related! Offering a variety of unique wine accessories and bar ware gifts…you can’t go wrong buying a gift from here! With cheese trays made from recycled bottles, neoprene wine, beer and solo cup koozies and purses that second as a wine cooler, regular coolers and ice buckets! There is even wine art from a local artist and much more besides!
Lollipop Station is a fun and whimsical toy store located in the historic district of beautiful downtown Culpeper, VA. This year and for the first time ever, Lollipop Station will be bringing the fun as they join in the festivities at Merry Market and the Jingle Bell Cocktail. With them, they will bring almost every toy that won a 2015 American Specialty Toy Retailers Association award based on its overall educational value, quality, and let us not forget- FUN! Only toys that foster creativity and encourage open ended play are given these coveted awards and Merry Market Guests will be given a first look at these award winners plus get to feel, touch, and play with many of them while stopping by Lollipop Station’s booth.
Claville Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique based in Richmond, VA. Our fashion truck offers the latest trends in women’s fashion and accessories. You can find our traveling boutique around town and businesses or festivals or you can book the truck for a private party with girlfriends.
A woman can literally get dressed from head to toe at Monkee's of Fredericksburg, which offers a fabulous selection of casual, dressy and anywhere in between outfits. Offering contemporary and fashionable clothes with names such as: Lilly Pulitzer, Joy Joy and Jade, Laundry by Sheli Segal, Ali Ro, Donna Morgan, Hudson Jeans, Joe's Jeans, DL1961, Jude Connally, Elizabeth Mckay, Lilla P, Design History and more! Shoes and boots by Tory Burch, Hunter, Frye, Lilly Pulitzer and Jack Rogers and great accessories by many designers too! All these designers in one place!
Lennikin Crafts is run by Len, a stay-at-home-mum who loves crafts! She makes items that reflect her interests, which include custom made chalk boards, travel cases, hair accessories, personalized name plates, felt toys, bags, teddies, aprons and much, much more! You really have to see her items in person!
Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are free of preservatives, additives and fillers to promote a healthier lifestyle. With many delicious blends for adding flavor to your everyday dishes, or to give you some creativity to branch out and try new ideas, these ladies are on hand to help! Not too mention they always bring a variety of mouthwatering samples for you to taste too, which are not available online!
Fredericksburg Expo Center, 2371 Carl D Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Usborne Books are the most exciting, engaging and educational books on the market today. High quality, innovative, lavishly illustrated and best of all they’re books kids love to read. Choose from almost 2000 bright, colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects.
Lydia’s specializes in personalized gifts & personalized stationery. Reflect your individual style by giving a gift with that special touch that separates you from the crowd. Donna and Lisa are always happy to talk “embroidery” on any of their products. Each tote, towel, linen and baby item is specially selected to ensure they look good when monogrammed by their trained staff.
Price includes 2 cocktails, hors d'oeurves, swag bag and parting gift
$45.00 after October 6, 2017
Gift the little ones in your life beautiful hand dyed pieces of art from Baby Twists! Each piece is unique and dyed with care. Organic designs are permanent and non fading. Bamboo onesies, socks and hats, organic cotton blankets and American Apparel shirts.
Looking for Christmas wreaths and decor that will have everyone talking? Then check out ilume! You will find custom-made wreaths in various shapes, sizes and colors to reflect your own personal style or to match your other décor!