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Craft fair packs mall
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Teresa Stinson, right, is happy to get a wreath from Stella Patrick at Mistletoe Marketplace on Saturday. Patrick was set up with Sharon Shannon selling wreaths and other items at the mall. - photo by Bethany Porter

The Three Star Mall was packed with vendors and shoppers on Saturday for Mistletoe Marketplace. 

The craft fair was organized by the Three Sisters Candle Co. and was a way to encourage residents to shop local this holiday season. The vendors were set up all throughout the mall. One group set up was Jane Delaine Designs. Jane Buck and Delaine Nunley create customized items like tumblers and shirts and had them on display.

“Everything is handmade by us,” said Nunley.

Buck says they try to participate in a craft far each month. This was the first time the group participated in this craft fair and they said that business was pretty steady.  

“This is the first time we have been to this one so we are just kind of feeling it out and seeing how it goes,” said Nunley.

Stella Patrick and Sharon Shannon were also set up selling wreaths. Shannon said she already had to go home to get more ribbon once and thought she would have to again because they had already sold a lot of items. Both Shannon and Patrick were creating bows for wreaths at the event. 

Three sisters, Rose Smedley, Pat Bell, and Brenda Rackley, were selling some of their handmade and other items. 

“Today has been going steady,” said Smedley.

The sisters had everything from mugs, to homemade snowmen, to ornaments to sell. They first started doing craft fairs before the pandemic and then they had to wait until things opened back up again to set up and sell their items.

“We just started right before COVID, and of course we didn’t do them then. This year we have done quite a few in Cookeville,” said Smedley. 

Penny’s Homemade Sweet Treats and Nana’s Woodworking were also among the many vendors. Penny and Todd Whaley were working their booth and provided many sweet treats for shoppers to buy. 

Susie Lockhart was at her booth selling many painted wood creations like the Grinch and Snoopy. She says she can pretty much create anything once she has seen it. 

Overall, Mistletoe Marketplace was a big hit, bringing in a large crowd.