New holiday fair lands at Holiday Inn in West Vail this weekend
If you go ...
- What: Holiday fair.
- Where: Holiday Inn ballroom, West Vail.
- When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Cost: Free admission.
- More information: Call 719-293-1402.
WEST VAIL — The organizer of a new holiday fair taking place in West Vail this weekend plans to make it an annual event.
Claire Kelley, who lives near Buena Vista, decided to hold the event in Vail because there’s a “very small audience,” where she lives, especially for the “higher value, quality items” that she and some of her fellow artisans craft.
“I think there’s a much better clientele possibility in Vail,” she said. “And we all love Vail and have spent a lot of time there. Most of these people love creating, but they don’t have many outlets for selling it.”
The event, which will take place at the Holiday Inn in West Vail on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include 15 artists.
“We have maybe 600 pieces of jewelry priced from $8 to $500,” Kelley said. “There will be vintage Christmas decorations, beautiful hand-made scarves that are a combination of wool and silk and very original. There are three of us who have Native American pawn jewelry.”
Native American pawn jewelry is just that — American Indian jewelry that’s been surrendered at pawn shops. There are collectors who scour pawn shops for such items, Kelley said.
Kelley herself makes her own jewelry using old beads made in Nepal, and she represents a lot of Native American artists, she said.
‘Going to go places’
Another jewelry artist who will attend is Hannah Hannah, a single mother of two young boys from South Fork who has been making jewelry on and off for a few years now; this is her first show.
“Her products could easily be in Sundance Catalog, they’re very high end,” Kelley said. “She’s going to go places.”
While Hannah will have some pieces for sale — around 30 or so, with prices ranging from $40 to $150 — a lot of her pieces are samples and she’ll be taking custom orders.
“People will be able to see them, try them on and pick their specific design,” she said. “I want people to be able to customize, and then pair the pieces.”
It was Hannah’s 2-year-old son who named her company, called Pearkissee.
“Jewelry is very personal. It tells something about your imagination,” she said.
Jewelry for charity
Edwards resident Hannah Litt, 12, also makes jewelry and will be selling her pieces at the holiday fair on Sunday.
She read about the fair in the paper and called Kelley to see if she could get a table. At that point, the vendor list was full, but when Kelley heard that Litt donates 75 percent of her profits to local charities, she made room.
In less than a year, Litt has donated around $1,500 to charity, she said. She’s saving the rest for college. You can see her work at http://www.cuteasa bead.com.
“I donate to Eagle County Charter Academy where I go to school, to Friends of the Dances, the organization that runs the dance studio where I dance and to Jack’s Place, Litt said.
“I probably have 50 pieces, mostly necklaces and earrings,” she continued, with prices ranging from $20 to $30. “I make beaded necklaces, and I also make partial chain necklaces with some beads. For the earrings, I use wire and I wrap the wire with lots of different beads.”
“She gets lots of ideas from Sundance Catalog and from what her teacher’s are wearing,” said Litt’s mom, Robin. “She’ll come home with an idea and get to work.”
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