Chris Sanchez, co-owner of “Early Girl Creations” in Imperial and an event vendor, admires the work of painter Sherry Nash at the Nov. 30 craft fair at Ryerson Hall in the Desert Trails RV Park in El Centro. | LUIS BURGOS PHOTO
EL CENTRO — A large collection of local shoppers gathered at Ryerson Hall in the Desert Trails RV Park in El Centro on the morning of Nov. 30 to support local artisans and patrol for creative gifts.
The local craft group,
led by Carole Waters, helped arrange the craft fair, which featured more than a
dozen booths offering handcrafted creations.
“We’ve been putting on
these sales for the better part of 20 years,” said Waters. “We host two sales
per year here at Ryerson Hall, one in November and one in February.”
She added, “Some of the
sellers are from here at the RV park, snowbirds. I’m heading back to central
Alberta myself come March. But most of the people who set up tables today are
local businesses to the (Imperial) Valley,” she said.
Among the entrepreneurs
were Karen and Chris Sanchez, co-owners of “Early Girl Creations,” an
Imperial-based operation that focuses on creating and selling natural,
hemp-based beauty and hygiene products.
The company first began
selling to the public during the “Christmas in a Small Town” event held in
Imperial in 2014 and will attend this year’s edition on Dec. 7.
“We create all of our
products,” confirmed Karen Sanchez. “We truly believe in the power and
usefulness of hemp and CBD as studies have proven them to be full of essential
nutrients. We mainly sell soaps, oils and rubs. One of our main ingredients is
hemp oil, and we are involved in making the products from scratch.”
The company’s method of
making soap differs significantly from what is available in most retail stores.
“It’s all plant based.
For example, to make one of our soap bars we mix coconut and olive oil with an
alkali. In contrast, conventional soaps use animal fat, which clogs up the
pores of the skin,” she said.
Almost every shopper at
the fair stopped at Sherry Nash’s table, as her works almost seem to be
eye-catching by design. Nash specializes in acrylic pour, a type of medium
which, when finished, can display brilliant swirls and patterns of bright