Localartists sell goods at craft fair

Published on Thu, Oct 13, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Local artists sell goods at craft fair

By Tara Nelson

A handful of Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer artisans will sell their handcrafted goods this week at the Lynden Craft and Antique Show on October 13, 14 and 15.

Jill Nymeyer and Janice Vigelius, of Bayside Treasures, an internet-based crafts business, will be one of more than 100 artisans and antique dealers at the show. Nymeyer is perhaps best known for her paintings – done often on unusual surfaces such as glass bottles, wood, murals and home furnishings and Vigelius creates her paintings on pieces of slate, varying in size and shape – many of which are personalized. Nymeyer said she and Vigelius will sell mostly Christmas-themed crafts at the event.

The two have been in partnership for more than nine years and opened Bayside Treasures in 1996 with Nymeyer’s husband, Joe. They closed the store in 2002 to focus more on large-scale shows throughout Washington.

Nymeyer said she looks forward to the event every year because it gives her a chance to see customers from her former store.
“That’s really the only place that they see us anymore,” she said. “It’s kind of a homecoming thing for us.”

This will be their 11th year attending the event.

Other local crafters from the Blaine area include Nancy Anderson of Wooden Lace, Peggy Cook of Ivy Cottage, Joan Carlin of Cabin Antiques, Jean Gibson of JJ’s Heritage Crafts, Mac Muncy of Wooden Toys, Francis Taylor of Wood Taylor and Kathleen Verano of Catalina Creations.

Trudy Ferguson and Judy Meixner, both of Lynden, pioneered the event in 1987 while looking for a place to sell their antiques and handcrafted goods. Their first spring fair brought 50 booths and 1,000 customers. In 1989, Meixner and Ferguson added a fall show to the schedule. Nineteen years later, the two have more than 100 vendors, with attendance around 6,000 a show, twice a year.

The event will be catered by the Dutch Mothers company, selling food, Dutch pastries and espresso beverages. BelleWood Acres will also sell a variety of local apples, cider and freshly ground peanut butter at the event. Also, live entertainment will be featured throughout the show. 

Tickets are available for $4 at the door for general admission and $3.50 for seniors, age 65 and older. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, as well as from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. The Northwest Washington Fairgrounds are located at 1775 Front Street in Lynden. Parking is free. For more information about the event, visit www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com. For more information about Bayside Treasures, visit their web site at www.baysidetreasures.net.