BARNARD, Mo. — Christmas spirit and school spirit were both running high Saturday at the South Nodaway R-IV School in Barnard during the Student Council’s second annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair.

The Christmas-themed shopping event in the school gymnasium attracted nearly 30 craft and clothing vendors from across the region selling everything from silver-spoon jewelry to winter knitware and seasonal home décor merchandise.

Organizers said they expected to raise about $500 from the event, which will be used to help fund a grade 7-12 holiday movie and pizza night and annual courtwarming and homecoming festivities.

While some of the vendors purveyed factory-produced goods at the event, most sellers were craftsfolk from around the area who offered handmade décor items and holiday-oriented gifts.

Mona Bledsoe of Mona’s Old House Antiques & Crafts in Savannah, for example, was selling rings and other kinds of jewelry crafted from vintage silverware acquired at flea markets, estate sales and second-hand shops.       

In addition to rings, the fanciful, gleaming accessories included necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key chains, wind chimes and tree ornaments.

Bledsoe said she got into the silverware jewelry business about 10 years ago after acquiring a box of table utensils at a flea market for $20.

After transforming the knives, forks and spoons into jewelry, she said she was able to sell the pieces for a total of around $600.

Other vendors participating in the craft fair included Pam Bledsoe (no relation to Mona) of Guilford and her daughter Jessie Germann of Ravenwood, who displayed a variety of craft items ranging from festively decorated plates to candle stands and greenery-laden centerpieces.

The material used to create these novelties was, to say the least, eclectic.

Pam Bledsoe calls her home-based business “Junk Happens” and specializes in transforming discarded bits of this and that into snowmen, elves, miniature Christmas trees and other pieces of holiday bric-a-brac.

“My parents did craft shows, and I always liked creating things,” she said. “And I’m not afraid to get in a dumpster or rummage through somebody’s trash.”

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