Xi Nu Craft Fair At Crossroads Bible Church Nov. 7

Elise Koskelo and her mom at the 2014 craft fair. Koskelo is a multi year winner of the Youth Business Grant program of the LACDC. Courtesy photo
Friendliness and specialty items top the list this weekend as the Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi holds its annual craft fair to kick off the holiday season.
Crossroads Bible Church has been home to this event for several years as the women have passed the 25-year mark of hosting the craft fair.
The fun fest is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes a bake sale hosted by the Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. BSP member Mary Ann Lindahl looks forward to seeing the auditorium filled with lots of people surrounded by bangles and beads.  
“I like the items that are truly handmade,” Lindahl said. “We have vendors who knit and crochet, those who make metal sculptures and wood carvings, it is truly amazing.”
While the Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has hosted this event for more than 25 years, changing venues and types of crafts here and there, one constant is what they raise funds for each year.
“The constant factor is that the chapter uses the money for charity,” Lindahl said. “We prefer giving close to home.”
The months of planning, attention to detail in laying out the room, treatment of the vendors and the shoppers is evident year after year. The event will host more than 40 vendors offering mirrors, scarves, hand carved wooden crosses, candles, wraps, henna body art, table top holiday trees and more.
The other big success of the craft fair is the raffle table, where each vendor donates an item and shoppers can enter to win even if they are not on the premises at drawing time. The final ticket draw is usually for an item that far exceeds the ticket price.
While the photo of the item was not available at press time, it is usually worth the chance of a dollar per ticket, even if the purchaser doesn’t win a raffle item, a local non-profit certainly will benefit.
Henna anyone? Some handmade art for the hands might make your weekend a bit more fun while shopping this Saturday. Courtesy photo