A Saturday arts and crafts festival is thought by its organizers to have brought in more than $50,000 to the Grand Lake area economy.
Almost 1,000 people meandered through the maze of booths and mini travel trailers at the Vintage By the Creek market in Grove on Saturday, June 10.
Bargain hunters got to browse through customized Tooth Fairy pillows that hold a child’s first tooth, repurposed art, purchase a bottle of wine or attend a wine tasting event, or allow their children the opportunity to paint rocks and ride horses. There was also music, arts and craft workshops, and all kinds of food.
“On the conservative side we think the market brought in over $50,000,” said Kim Hacker, market organizer.
The figure is based on a family spending between $50 to $100 on gas, food, crafts and possibly lodging. Due to several events in town over the weekend there were no hotel rooms available so some vendors stayed in Miami.
“Every year we build upon the previous year’s success,” Hacker said. “We have gotten bigger and better every year.
“I am very pleased with the turnout."
In its third year, the market brought in 47 vendors to the location, which sits next to the Grove Civic Center on Main Street.
Hacker said at least one vendor made $900 in sales.
Hacker plans to host two additional markets this year – a fall open house on Saturday, Oct. 7, and a Christmas extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 11.
What makes the Vintage By the Creek so unusual is the caravan of vintage travel trailers. Each trailer has been remodeled and crafted in such a way to reflect its individual personality, Hacker said. The trailers' bright bold colors are easy to spot.
A building located in the center of the market venue was the perfect relief for an Oklahoma summer day. Shoppers sought shade but found Hacker and her team inside selling a multitude of items.
One of the more unusual finds was a repurposed claw foot bathtub made into a small bench filled with pillows.
Hacker was also taking the opportunity to give away vintage children’s books.
A collection of old tools and yard equipment drew a crowd.
One of the venders, PJ’s-N-Glow displayed many of their customized aprons, pillows and etched glass.
This is the second year Peggy Johnson and Glo Reherman have offered their “girlfriend gifts.”
The women often explained to customers the detailed work that goes into making an etched plate or glass.
This was the first year at the market for Melissa Toohey and her 15-year home based business of making “spirit tees.”
The t-shirts were available in Grove school colors and patriotic colors.
“A portion of our proceeds go to buy t-shirts for underprivileged students,” Toohey said. “We want any student to have a t-shirt that wants a t-shirt.”
At the beginning of the school year, Toohey enlists the help of school bus drivers to determine which students are eligible for one of her shirts.
In the midst of all the selling, 11-year-old Mack Simpson wandered from the American Heritage Music Festival taking place next door at the Grove Civic Center - where he place third in the banjo competition - to provide entertainment.
Father and daughter, David and Kellea Ann Hampton set up a booth where they displayed many of their repurposed items.
“We take anything and can repurpose it,” David Hampton said. “Anything can be repurposed.”
The family has been repurposing old bedroom furniture for the past six years, he said.