Golden State Mall hosts craft fair

Daysi Meza, Reporter

The Craft and Vendor Expo took place at the Golden State Mall on Nov. 3.

The main purpose of the event was to raise money to buy Christmas presents for children in need.

The Craft and Vendor Expo successfully organized the event by advertising it on Craiglist and Facebook. A total of 47 vendors participated this year.

“Our vendors pay us, which help us pay the licensing,” said co-organizer Monica Cervantes. “They also have to donate a toy or raffle item as a Christmas present.”

The vendors sold all kinds of different things including: clothes, lotions, belts, make-up, toys, candles, handbags, wine, license plate frames, custom glassware, door magnets, sport clothes and even dog accessories.

“When I found out that the purpose of the event was to raise money to buy Christmas presents for children in need, I was definitely encouraged to come out and spend some money on different accessories,” said customer Angela Flores.

Cervantes said that the Craft and Vendor Expo organizes a variety of fundraising events every month for different causes, with one purpose in mind: to offer financial support to those in need.

Back in September they were responsible for organizing the Conquer Chiari Fair, held at the New Life Christian Church, in order to raise money for the foundation for brain malformation. The event drew around 500 people.

“I came to this fair because I want to help the community by buying stuff from here,” said Raquel Fuentes, a fair customer, when asked about her opinion about the fair. “I heard that the money will help to raise money for children in need, so I think is even better because I’m supporting children in some way.

“The vendors are selling interesting and appealing accessories. I bought a purse for myself, and a cowboys t-shirt for my husband. I actually love all the creative handmade objects, so I am having a great time walking around and viewing them. God bless all the people that are here to support children in such a generous way.”

Although the event was sort of short for many, as it only ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cervantes reported that they raised a substantial amount of money for their cause. After paying the costs for permits and licenses, they ended up with a total of $700, which will all be used to buy Christmas presents. The vendors also donated a total of 25 Christmas presents.