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Craft show draws crowd

Kimberly Smith and her sons Alexander Chapman and Jonathan Bartholomew set up a table during the Sasha Club Craft Show Saturday morning.
Kimberly Smith and her sons Alexander Chapman and Jonathan Bartholomew set up a table during the Sasha Club Craft Show Saturday morning.

AINSWORTH — As Kimberly Smith set her table of Lularoe leggings up during the annual Sasha Club Craft Show at Highland High School Saturday, she recalled the events that led to the formation of her own home-based business.

Smith, setting her wares on a table or hanging them from a portable rack, attended the event when another Lularoe vendor had been unable to attend. She found out the night before and rushed to get their traveling display set up to market the items to people attending the event.

“For most people a home business gives them the opportunity to work from home and be with their children,” she said. “I was hurt in 2013 when I was working at Modine Manufacturing. Before I was well enough to go to school I went into Lularoe. For a while it helped me supplement my income so I didn’t have to live off the state. I was able to provide an income for my family, so it really meant a lot.”

A single mother of three, Smith said she has recently earned a substitute teacher certificate and hopes to get into teaching soon. She said people wishing to start their own business should do their homework and be sure to love the products they will be selling.

Organizer Brenda Bean said the proceeds from the event would go to philanthropic projects of Sasha Club, such as scholarships for a Highland senior. She said about 25 vendors had turned out to fill 47 spaces in the gym. Products ranged from homemade crafts to manufactured artwork such as jewelry.

Bean said Sasha Club events that will benefit from the craft show include such things as the Marr Park Easter Egg Hunt and the purchase of Christmas gifts for needy families.