Crafter’s Corner is snuggled away, sandwiched between other interesting stores along George Street. But in the last 10 years since it opened its doors, the unique little shop has made its mark in the busy downtown area. And around the world.
“Some of our things end up sent as gifts all over the world,” said Alice Payne, one of the founding crafters with the store. She has been there since May of 1995.
Their sign is made of branches from local timber.
The items found there are mostly one of a kind – wood turned bowls and decorative fruit, floral hand painted glasses, handmade soaps, hand woven shawls and scarves, knitted sweaters and socks, ceramic items, stained glass, dolls, innovative jewelry, embroidered towels, decorative quilted pillows, giftware using an array of materials from soft leather to silk flowers.
They also take custom orders.
Next week, local crafters celebrate their first decade at Crafter’s Corner.
“We started out with 55 craftspersons and home-based businesses back then, people who came together because they wanted a place to display and sell their hand crafted items. So we came up with the idea of store where we could all help out by volunteering our time and sharing the rent.”
The co-op based arrangements mean members pay $110 rent, reduced to $85 if they work in the store).
“There are only three of the original members left, Payne said. “People get busy or move away and they often move on to other things. I used to do a lot of ceramics myself but then they came in with new stores that sold ceramics very cheaply, and really it can be very expensive to produce on your own. So it’s not surprising that we don’t have as many members as we used to. But we always welcome new crafters.”
There are a few rules for crafters, she said.
“We ask for a three month commitment to display their product, which gives new crafters an opportunity to become known to customers in the community.” Merchandise is priced by the individual crafter.
Crafters’ Corner is located at 331 George Street, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone 250-562-0240 for more information.