Check Everyone Off Your List with Craft Fair Christmas Gifts

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 10:25 pm

The holiday season is a time for giving. This year, give the gift of handmade crafts while also giving back to the community at Craft Fair. Craft Fair is one of the Assistance League of Pasadena’s five philanthropies and was established in 1955. The Assistance League is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year and is looking forward to many more years of serving the community.


Craft Fair is a boutique consignment shop stocked with a curated selection of handmade items created by artisans who are all 50 years or age and older. The exhibitors retain 75% of the sale value of their crafts and many use this extra income to continue their hobby and supplement their incomes.

“It’s a way to keep their crafts alive – crafting is kind of a lost art,” said Lynne Romano, Vice-President of Craft Fair.


In fact, some of their artisans are over 70 years old and are continually producing new work. Craft Fair has 250 exhibitors in rotation and is constantly receiving new works; although, the holiday season is their most prolific time of the year.

Else Bristing and her Nisser display

Else Bristing and her Nisser display

The shop is currently decked out in holiday cheer with everything from stockings to quilts and tree toppers. Stop by for nissers – wooden Danish elves – complete with miniature wooden clogs from Denmark, scarves, hats, jewelry, handmade cards and many other unique finds. Romano adds that the baby section is one of the most popular and that the purses and jewelry sections are also big hits.

“You’re seeing things here that you won’t find anywhere else,” said Julie Escudero, Vice-President of Communications.


Craft Fair also hosts monthly meetings of knitters who share their projects and teach others. The shop is located in the California House complex where the Assistance League of Pasadena, at one time, worked closely with the its now defunct Senior Volunteer Center. The partnership encouraged seniors to serve the community by sewing, assisting with the San Gabriel Valley Community mailings, baking, and doing woodwork to serve other nonprofit agencies in the community. The Senior Volunteer Center operated until 2007 but the ALP’s dedication to serving seniors lives on.


Stop by for a festive find and admire the handmade crafts by local senior artisans. Craft Fair is located at 820 East California Boulevard. Call (626) 795-4991 or visit

To learn more about the Assistance League of Pasadena’s philanthropic programs visit or call (626) 449-2068.



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