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Keeping it Crafty
by Andrea Tyrell
Sep 07, 2013 | 1696 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cheril Gabbibon makes custom earrings and necklaces out of guitar picks. She sells her creations at the monthly craft shows.
Cheril Gabbibon makes custom earrings and necklaces out of guitar picks. She sells her creations at the monthly craft shows.
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Angelina Sandell, owner of Deviously Sweet Designs, makes and sells Halloween-inspired hair bows and jewelry.
Angelina Sandell, owner of Deviously Sweet Designs, makes and sells Halloween-inspired hair bows and jewelry.
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There are only 15 weeks left until Christmas. For those who want to get a jump start on their holiday shopping, or those looking for something special to treat themselves with now, shoppers can find specialized pieces at the Legends at the Sparks Marina craft fair. Held the first Saturday of every month inside the shopping mall in front of Forever21, Adidas and Volcom, the craft fair boasts handmade items like candles, rain sticks and knitted baby booties for sale. The vendors change each month, giving craft fair shoppers new variety to choose. from.

Angelina Sandell, owner of Deviously Sweet Designs, hand makes and sells Halloween-inspired and alternative jewelry, garters and hair accessories, with prices ranging from $12 to $24. She also sells T-shirts and tanks that her mother hand stamps, stencils and bedazzles. Saturday marked her second time selling at the Legend's craft fair and she is finding success.

"Last month was really great," said Sandell. "I have a lot of friends who shop here and this event seemed like the ideal place to sell at."

In business since 2011, Sandell also sells her creations on Etsy and makes customized pieces for weddings, dances and other major events her clients like to dress up for. With the spooky autumn season approaching, Sandell is busy painting skulls, jack-o-laterns and frightened cats on hair pins. She also sells pieces supporting the local roller derby team, the Battle Born Derby Demons -- barrettes and ribbons with bright pink skates painted on the fronts. Sandell is a firm believer of supporting community activities and local businesses.

"You're putting money back into the community. It's makes a huge difference, supporting local businesses," said Sandell. "I buy as much of Made in Nevada as possible and I support smaller, local craft and fabric stores. You help enrich the community."

"I like edgy things, things that not a lot of other people are wearing," said Cheril Gabbibon, owner of the jewelry business, Edged Life. She hand makes and sells jewelry made out of guitar picks, with plans to expand her business to T-shirts and paintings. Her jewelry ranges from $7 to $15 and like Sandell, Gabbibon sells her crafts on Etsy, creating customized orders for customers.

A singer-songwriter originally from Eugene, Ore., Gabbibon moved to Sparks to be closer to her family.

"I love Legends. I love Sparks. It's always so sunny, a little windy but I can deal with that," said Gabbibon. "The community is really nice and helpful, especially here setting up this morning. We didn't really know what we were doing but everyone helped out."

Gabbibon plans on selling her merchandise at the Legend's craft fair for the rest of year. Business is going well for her and she loves meeting other crafters and people interested in wearing unconventional jewelry.

"People should come out here to the Legend's craft fair to meet new people and find unique products," said Gabbibon. "They're raw and made with love, coming from the soul. All these pieces reflect unique personalities."

For more information about the craft fairs at Legends at the Sparks Marina, visit experiencelegends.com or call (775) 358-3800. The next craft fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.

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