This past weekend was the seasonal Tenafly Fair & Craft show. The fair takes place on a select weekend of the fall, spring, and summer seasons. This weekend, on the 24th and 25th of October, the fair had a great turn out.
Saturday was a perfect fall day, the streets of Tenafly were filled with stands and vendors. Each stand had their own unique variety of handmade crafts to offer. I love looking at homemade pieces as much as I love talented people who work hard to do what they dream of! One stand for example, had an assortment of Russian Matryoshka Dolls- if you are not familiar with this name, they are a set of wooden dolls that fit perfectly inside one another. They had some painted for the upcoming holidays like Christmas, featuring little Christmas Trees, as well as some classical designs for all-around use. This interested me because the pieces were hand painted and the attention to detail was amazing. Coinciding with the hand painting, there were multiple stands for independent artwork.
Along the yellow and orange leaf covered cobblestone sidewalk, you found more independent sellers laying out their homemade, beaded jewelry. A majority of the pieces I saw were perfect statement pieces for a simple outfit- day or night. Tables were filled with earrings, bracelets, and necklaces of all different sizes and colors.
As you can see by the picture, they were also independent vendors offering their practices, such as the psychic reading stand.
Some children were in their early Halloween costumes, walking around with their parents. For their entertainment, there was a moon bounce tent. Even some animals were sporting their unique costumes! Like this Boxer and his adorable Lobster costume, which was most likely helping to keep him warm on this chilly day.
Sunday however, began gloomy and cold but by 2:00 in the afternoon the sun was shining and everyone was out for day two. The food stands consisted of everyone’s favorite classics, such as hot dogs, cheeseburgers, french fries, cotton candy, popcorn, even oddly enough- a pickle stand- which was getting a considerable amount of business! There was also a cooking supply stand selling saute pans, baking pans, utensils, beautiful dishes to accentuate any kitchen or dining room and homemade pasta in ready-to-make bags- which I must say being the foodie I am, interested me the most!
Other stands were vendors selling clothing lines from their local stores. The crowd for the clothing stands was extremely busy! Some vendors were selling beautiful dresses, blouses, and skirts in all different patterns to get ahead for next season’s fashion. Meanwhile, others were selling more winter styled clothing such as vests, long sleeve thermals, and a variety of pants ranging from jeans to leggings or tights to layer up. There were also plenty of stands selling handbags and totes as well.
Wrapping up, the Tenafly Fair & Craft Show was a perfect success. I encourage all of you to attend the next one if you missed out on this past weekend! Especially since the next one will take place in warmer weather, and hopefully there will be an ice cream stand ? It’s the perfect place to relax and rewind from the week with your friends and loved ones, eat some delicious food, and show support for our local sellers!
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