EDMONTON — It appears as though the downturn in the economy is no match for local crafters. Organizers of one of Edmonton’s largest annual Christmas craft sales said they saw a record number of visitors this weekend.
“It’s been fantastic. It’s been a record-breaking show as far as attendance. And our exhibitors, our artisans, are really, really happy because it seems it’s been recession-proof,” said Francine Leduc, show manager of the Butterdome Craft Sale.
The Butterdome Craft Sale, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, marked its 25th anniversary this year. The one-stop shop, which offers everything from jewellery and home décor, to body care and gourmet treats, usually sees about 25,000 customers over the four days. This year, Leduc anticipated that number was around 30,000.
“We thought that with the economic slowdown that it might be a little bit quieter than normal, but we have a loyal, loyal customer base that comes year after year and they know that the show is only here for four days so they come and they buy.”
Bruno Sperling and his wife own Spirits of the Creek. The couple is based out of southern Alberta and sells handcrafted pottery.
“We’re exceptionally pleased with how Edmonton has come out to support the show. We are up substantially over last year and even last year was very good so we’ve done very well,” Sperling said Sunday afternoon.
“We could have almost sold the carpet yesterday,” he added with a laugh.
The spring version of the Butterdome Craft Sale will run from April 29 to May 1, 2016.