Holiday arts and craft sale back for 36th year

Published 9:55 pm Thursday, November 27, 2014

With Thanksgiving now in the past and Christmas on the horizon, many people are finishing their shopping lists.

Back for the 36th year, the annual holiday festival arts and crafts sale will allow shoppers to check off their lists while supporting local artists and bakers and the Old Depot Museum.

The sale will begin Dec. 1 and run through Dec. 12.

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“[Shoppers] can help people locally and get unique things that are made locally that you couldn’t find out of town,” said Candi Duncan, coordinator for the sale.

“We’ll be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and then we’ll open Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.”

Guests can expect to see all types of crafts. There will also be baked goods for sale, as different civic groups and local caterers provide goodies each day.

“It’s always been a huge hit, especially to the people that are in our arts and crafts community,” said Sheryl Smedley, the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce executive director. “It’s a big deal.”

Around 40 venders will have their products for sale, and a portion of their sales will go to help the Old Depot Museum.

“They’ve been trying to do some renovation work on the building,” Duncan said. “They’ve been trying to make it more [like] the original structure of the building.”

Although the sale was held in a different location last year, it will be back at the Performing Art Center located at 1000 Selma Ave.

“Last year we had to go to a different building, but we’re glad to be back where we’ve been for 30 something years, and I think the people will be glad to see us back there,” Duncan said.

Smedley and Duncan both agreed that the arts and crafts sale has always been a success, and they are hopeful that this year will continue that trend.

“Support local people,” Duncan said. “Help keep our stores going here in Selma.”