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Local Craft Vendors Create Market for Their Works
Sisters Anise (left) and Analisa Arreola with crafts they sell as part of their new business, Four Sisters Farms. They are aided by their mother, Shanda Arreola (not pictured) and attend pop-up markets to sell custom gifts such as cups, nightlights and keychains. | Jayson Barniske photo

Local Craft Vendors Create Market for Their Works

IMPERIAL COUNTY — For local artisan merchant vendors the holidays are a great time to sell crafts and turn a profit.

Iris Beidermen and Cynthia Klein, respectively mother and daughter, started a small business they named BK Stitchers. They sell their goods on a regular basis at local farmer’s markets and pop-up vendor events.

Klein said, “Iris does the crocheting and we both make things out of plastic canvases like tissue boxes and can cozies. With the crocheting, Iris does towel tops for kitchen towels, potholders, doylies, ear warmers and a variety of different things.”

 The duo makes a variety of unique crafts that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Klein explained after her husband passed away the art she made became her therapy.

“Mom and I got back into it and we’ve been doing local shows to stay busy and are making a profit,” she said.

Some of the events the pair frequents are the Holtville Carrot Festival, the Carne Asada Cook off in El Centro and pop-up events regularly held at Antiques and Auctions in El Centro.

Klein continued, “We hopefully get to do about two shows a month. Christmas in a Small Town in Imperial last week was a great event. Our next event is the Tamale Cook-Off in Heber on Jan. 11.”

To learn about BK Stitchers and their upcoming shows visit their Facebook or Instagram pages.

Abigail Roman creates handmade bracelets, bobbing pins and necklaces to sell through her business, Roman’s Rubies.

“Everything I sell is handmade. I’ve been making bracelets for about 5 years,” she said.

Roman averages one pop-up event a month and always turns a profit. She gave some advice for anyone interested in selling their goods at a vendor event.

“Be patient. It takes time to want to make personal stuff. Know that if you are making different or unique things not everybody is going to like it but don’t be discouraged. You will make those sales. Keep going,” she added.

To find out more about Roman’s jewelry visit her Instagram page @romansrubies.

Anise and Analisa Arreola are 12 and 10 years old, respectively, and recently started their own business, Four Sisters Farms. With the help of their mother, Shanda Arreola, they attend at least one pop-up markets a month to sell their goods.

Anise Arreola said, “We create custom gifts like cups, nightlights, keychains, and other stuff like that. We have been doing this for about a year.”

One of Four Sisters’ favorite events is the Tractor Supply Pop-Up Market every month.

Shanda Arreola thought making crafts was a great opportunity to teach her daughters some important life skills.

“It keeps them out of trouble and its great for their creativity and helps them develop responsibility,” she said.

Older sister Anise gave some advice for those interested in selling their own goods at a vendor market: “Keep doing what you are doing and be creative.”

You can find more about Four Sisters Farms on their Facebook page.

Mike Garcia’s business is Crochet by Mike. At events he sits behind a table decorated with brightly knitted blankets.

“Basically, I make any kind of blanket that anybody would need from a king-sized blanket to a baby blanket and beanies and scarfs,” he said.

Garcia recalled he learned how to knit from his grandmother nearly 20 years ago. He attends pop- events once a month.

To find more about Crotchet by Mike visit his Instagram page.

Bob Diaz recently retired and started a new hobby, painting.

“I like to show off some of the different things you can do with different materials and express your art and ideas,” he said.

Diaz’s favorite canvas is rocks.

“I like to paint rocks, crosses and Día De Los Muertos art,” he explained.

Diaz does one event a month. To find more about his upcoming his events visit him on Facebook. Diaz encouraged vendors to get out and share their art with the world and said patrons should get out and support the artisans.

This story is featured in the Jan 02, 2020 e-Edition.

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