Ruth Williams has a passion for promoting locally made goods, and it was that passion which prompted her to open Gathered Goods at 625 N. Main in Newton in June 2015.
"We have some very talented artisans in the area and it is very educational and inspirational to see their work," Williams said. "We have appreciated the Newton community's support during our first two years."
Now, Williams is hosting vendors from the area in a different venue, inviting them to join in a Makers Fair. The Makers Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3 in the parking lot behind Gathered Goods.
"(We) recognized there are many wonderful artisans in south central Kansas and we wanted to provide them with an additional venue to sell and showcase their creations," Williams said.
Just like the items in her store, everything featured will come from the creativity of a Kansan.
"All of the items will be handmade or repurposed," Williams said.
The Makers Fair will showcase items such as lamps, wrapped gemstone and crystal jewelry, ladies clothing and accessories, grapevine wreaths with silk flowers and burlap, baby items, children's toys, fabric kitchen items, wooden shelves and cabinets, soaps, lotions, bath bombs, furniture, fused and stained glass, essential oil lotions, wooden decor, wooden decorative flags and more.
There will be activities for children to take part in at the Makers Fair.
"We will also have a 'Make It and Take It' booth for the kids," Williams said. "We encourage kids to try new things and create with their hands and minds."
Space is still open for those who want to take part in the Makers Fair and sell their own handcrafted items.
"We have a few booths left and would like to add some food vendors," Williams said.
All of the vendors are being brought together for the Makers Fair with the hope that customers will support local artisans and "purchase small," according to Williams.
"All of the artisans are very talented and we are excited to have them at the Makers Fair," Williams said. "(People) can always show their support for them by purchasing their creations in our shop during regular shop hours."
Gathered Goods is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The store hosts crafting classes several times per month.
Those interested in participating in the Makers Fair should email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Gathered Goods to receive a vendor application.
For more information about the Makers Fair and Gathered Goods, call 316-803-1147.