Close your eyes, and imagine you’re in the Charlotte Central School MPR. Tables are set up by local artisans and entrepreneurs selling everything from calendars to face lotion to knitwear to Christmas ornaments. Now open your eyes and realize you can’t go there this year, but you can still get the same cool stuff, with the added bonus of being able to shop in your pajamas. The CCS PTO Holiday Craft Fair is all online this year from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13.
PTO President Jen Novak said that like much of 2020, it’s not what they planned for, but it’s going to be a success nonetheless. “Because of COVID, it’s particularly important to support small business and shopping local this year,” she said. “We are happy to give vendors a space to share their stuff, and we’re really appreciative that in turn they’re giving back and supporting the PTO.” All vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to the CCS PTO.
So far the online craft fair and holiday market includes jewelry, art, makeup and skincare products, kids’ clothing, home goods, photographs, holiday crafts, knitwear, calendars and books, and food and beverage items; this includes local favorites Yerbary Master Tonic, Ellie Parr jewelry, Rodan and Fields, Beautycounter, and Sweet Bug boutique.
Anyone interested in selling their goods at the virtual craft fair should send an email for information about how to participate.
To shop, follow the CCS PTO on Facebook; there’s an event page there that will guide you on how to shop.
For vendors who don’t ship or people who are in a hurry to get their loot, the PTO is organizing a block of time at school when vendors will drop off items in advance of the holidays so shoppers can pick up their goodies.