Handmade crafts

Langley society’s annual craft sale brings in big crowds

Stepping Stone Community Service Society benefits from the sale of handmade crafts.

Blame It On the Rain was a smash hit 26 years ago, and while many grumble about this weekend’s soggy weather, it may have been part of the reason why the Stepping Stone Community Services Society’s annual craft fair was a huge success.

People sought shelter indoors as the raindrops tumbled down, and found some handmade bargains in the process at the annual show put at Stepping Stone on Michaud Crescent.

Proceeds are used to buy supplies for the Stepping Stone craft group, and will also go to support Stepping Stone programs.

Stepping Stone is a non-profit organization and a federal registered charity with a focus on helping people in Langley who are facing challenges such as mental illness, homelessness, risk of homelessness, and poverty.

According to Stepping Stone, its craft group meets twice a week and “provides members with opportunities to structure their time, learn and maintain skills and build confidence,” while providing a “very important social network.”

Projects include knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, card making, jewellery making and Christmas crafts.

Stepping Stone executive director Janet Burden said Saturday afternoon that this year’s sale is shaping up to be a smashing success.

“A lot of people in the community look forward to this and it’s been fabulous,” said Burden, who estimates the sale might bring in between $5,000 and $7,500.

Another reason for the success is familiarity. The sale has taken place annually for more than two decades.

“It’s very popular and we have a lot of regular customers, and support from the community,” Burden said.

The sale was held over two days, Nov. 6 and 7.

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