The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 1, 2012

Local vendors do well at Monarch craft show

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 — It was a really homemade event.

Several vendors from around the region brought their handmade goods for display and sell to Stanly Industrial Services Saturday for Monarch’s third annual Community Craft Show.

Monarch provides support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The yearly show helps raise funds for the program in Stanly County.

The sale also collected canned goods to benefit Stanly County Christian Ministry.

Angela Furr of Monarch said there were a smaller number of vendors this year, but more active customers.

“I’ve got feedback from a lot of the sellers saying they were really pleased with the sales,” Furr said.

She said the booth from One resource development was offering treats for donations, but many were just making donations out of generosity and not taking the treats.

“We started three years ago and we had the building full the first two years,” Furr said.

“So, we were a little disappointed at the turnout this year. However, we have been so pleased with the number of customers and the quality of vendors.”

She said more important than the money raised is the awareness about Monarch the event provides.

“We want to get the community involved and see the people we support and develop natural supports,” Furr said.

She added that anyone wanting to help the program can volunteer their time.

“We have a community garden we just started they can get involved with,” Furr said.

“There are several churches in town that really reach out to us.”

She said that type of support helps those they serve feel as if they are leading a more normal lifestyle.

Locally, Monarch serves 40 individuals.

“They do a lot of community volunteer work as well,” Furr said.

“That’s another way for the community to get involved. If there’s a need, don’t just look to Monarch as takers, but givers, too. If there is an opportunity that we can volunteer to help, we certainly would want to.”

Furr said she wanted to give special thanks for helping with the advertising banners to the Bank of Stanly, Home Savings Bank, Standard Office Supply and Concord Properties.