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Ruston Happy Holiday Market hosts local vendors

November 14, 2016

KACIE KAUFMAN

Staff Reporter | kjk019@latech.edu

 

The holiday season appeared in Ruston along Farmerville Highway in the form of booths offering an array of items from gifts to holiday-themed products.

 

The Happy Holiday Market, Arts, Crafts, and Vintage Fair featured more than 60 vendors from the area on Nov. 5 hosted by My Happy Place Vintage Market.

 

Summer Hammons, owner of My Happy Place, said the event was a chance for people to transition into the holiday season and meet holiday shopping needs. The event even featured pictures with Santa.

 

“We wanted the holiday spirit to fill the air,” she said.

 

Hammons said the day was a way to bring in a greater number of vendors than she was able to normally highlight in her store.

 

“We come into contact, being in this kind of business, with so many wonderfully talented people,” she said. “We wanted to come up with an ideal way to feature them and utilize them, seeing as we only have so much store.”

 

Hammons said she was glad to do her part in offering a venue for area artists and businesses to showcase their products.

 

“I hope that people will continue to do things like this so these people will have a way of spotlighting their work,” she said.

 

Rachel Sims, a Tech alumna, had a tent at the event for her business, Mystic Moonrise. She said she sold her products online and at markets and fairs.

 

“It’s just good to have several events in Ruston that allow artist to showcase their work,” she said.

 

Sims’s unique offerings included artwork and dyed clothing items.

 

“Mandalas are my body of work, so geometry and patterns in nature are what inspire my work,” she said.

 

Sims said the market also helped give college students more options for weekend activities.

 

“I think college students just like to have events to come to on the weekends,” she said. “They can do something different and get off campus.”

 

Jordan Whaley, a senior fine arts major, said the market had diverse offerings.

 

“I think it’s really great because there are different booths here,” she said. “We like to go to a lot of these (markets) and some of them are all craft booths. But they have antiques and clothing places here so it’s a wide variety.”

 

Whaley said she hoped to get her Christmas shopping taken care of early through the event and find one-of-a-kind items for friends and family.

 

“You can find unique things for yourself, for your house, or for your friends for gifts,” she said. “It’s a good way to spend your Saturday.”

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