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Unique finds at Sturdivant Hall’s artisans fair

Becky Blaylock’s Earthquake Pottery sits on a shelf ready to be purchased Saturday at Sturdivant Hall's fourth annual Artisans’ Fair and Big Shop Sale. The sale, which hosted 18 vendors, attracted more than 100 guests. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Becky Blaylock’s Earthquake Pottery sits on a shelf ready to be purchased Saturday at Sturdivant Hall’s fourth annual Artisans’ Fair and Big Shop Sale. The sale, which hosted 18 vendors, attracted more than 100 guests. (Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal)

Sturdivant Hall was buzzing with guest Saturday during its fourth annual Artisans’ Fair and Big Shop Sale.

More than 100 residents visited the building to see what the 18 vendors had to offer.

Costumers searched through baked goods, soaps, candles, jam, jellies, handcrafted wooden bowls, linens and other items available to see what sparked their interest.

“We’ve received a lot of support today, and I’m really tickled so far,” Sturdivant Hall director Mary Hansell said within the first hour of the six-hour event. “I hope more people come out, because it’s a beautiful day to do any kind of Christmas or gift shopping.”

Laura Spencer’s Simply Making It, Becky Blaylock’s Earthquake Pottery and Joyce Rylee’s Joyce’s Catering were just a few of the vendors that showcased their wares Saturday.

The sellers vary some from year to year, and local vendors are a key element to the fair, Hansell said.

“It’s important to have local vendors to get their wares out to the public, and let them know how many gifted people we have right here in Selma,” Hansell said.

Blaylock, a Selma resident, was one of the local business owners proud to participate.

She was most excited to showcase her Earthquake Pottery handmade items that read “Selma” with the Edmund Pettus Bridge engraved around the lettering.

Local sellers are what seemed to attract several of the consumers, including Selma resident Renee Alsobrook.

New to the fair, Alsobrook felt attending Saturday would be a great way to support area artists, and she was impressed with all the items available.

“I think everything that’s out here is such a wide variety and a great selection,” Alsobrook said. “I’m impressed to see all the creativity.”