REGIONAL: Dexter hosting Spring Craft and Vendor Show March 10


More than 80 crafters and vendors are getting ready for next month’s Dexter Community Education Spring Craft and Vendor Show. The show, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 10, attracts not only vendors from all over but also shoppers looking for that unique or special item.

This is the third show, including last year’s spring and fall shows, and event organizer Paula Staebler likes what she has seen as far as quality of venders, growth of the show and satisfaction of both buyers and sellers.

“The turnout seems to be growing with every show as more people learn about it,” said Staebler, who is the community education/aftercare coordinator for Dexter Schools. “And that’s a good thing.”

The show features mostly hand-made crafts with some direct-sale’s venders such as Pampered Chef and Tupperware.

“Part of my job is to do special events for community education like daddy-daughter dance and mother-son events and things like that,” she said. “There used to be a craft show years ago called Pioneer Days and we felt like it was something we wanted to bring back to Dexter.”

Last year’s spring show featured about 80 venders which jumped up to 100 in the fall. Staebler expects about 80 again for this spring show.

“I think fall we have an increase because of Christmas coming up so more come out because of that,” she said. “But 80 venders is a really good number.”

Handmade jewelry of all different types is a popular item at the Dexter show. There also is plenty of hand-painted art, photography, repurposed items, quilts, embroidery, hand-painted pallet signs, hand-made greeting cards, doll clothes and much more.

The list of direct-sale venders include purse and bag dealers, cosmetic dealers and essential-oil dealers, just to name a few.

Lunch and breakfast will be served and the Easter Bunny will hop on by from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The show will be at Creekside Intermediate School in Dexter. Admission is $2 (kids are free).

“Ray’s Rags,” which offers large stuffed animals, novelty pillows (lions, dogs, cats, silly beans and feet), sock dolls, sock monkeys and blankets, will be one of the 80 venders on site.

“It started as a hobby and then I had three granddaughters to sew stuffed animals for,” said owner Raynette Kempf of Ann Arbor. “I’ve added a lot personal touches to my stuff which makes them unique.”

Raynette enjoys showcasing her items at area shows and events.

“I love it when little kids come up and hug my large animals which are bigger than they are,” she says. “It makes it all worthwhile.”

For more information, email Raynette at


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