Many Hands DIY Market a success

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By Sarah Piercey – The Many Hands Project held its very first DIY Marketplace over the weekend. 65 vendors and 1400 visitors showed up to Ridley College in St. Catharines last Sunday to shop, snack and DIY.

Tables filled with colourful homemade goodies and crafts filled the gym of the private school. Vendors had every craft idea a person could need, laid out on display. Up for purchase items included tutus, bow-ties, wine glasses garnished with sparkles or funny quotes, bath bombs, jams, jewelry, and mason jar crafts just to name a few.

Do-it-yourself stations were set up for people of all ages to enjoy. The manicures, toolbox building and string art stations were at a full capacity most of the afternoon.

Tricia Sabo, currently enrolled in the Event Management Graduate Certificate Program at Niagara College, said “We’ve had people of all ages creating these toolboxes today.”

“The great thing for the children is that they’re getting an opportunity to get hands on experience,” she said. “I learned today this young lady wants to be an electrician when she grows up.”

“They’re going to be able to take something home to show their friends and their families, and it’s good for co-ordination,” she said.

The event was a $2 donation for general admission, and $5 for Very Important Shopper status entrance. The market was held to raise money for The Many hand Project (MHP).

“The proceeds today go towards the Many Hands Project. All the projects proceeds go in support for the Hope Centre and Heartland Forest,” said Amy Lloyd, Event Management Professional in Training at Niagara College.

“We actually work with the Construction Renovation programs at Niagara College and we do a renovations on those charities,” she said.  “We are building a soup kitchen for the Hope Centre this year and then a small renovation with Heartland Forest. Every year they pick a different recipient and help out the community.”

“Most of our vendors are from the Niagara area, so it’s really cool for us to promote them,” she said.  “These are their businesses so while we help MHP we are helping Niagara local businesses who make things with their hand, don’t really import stuff and that’s really important for growing our community.”

“We’ve had great reviews from the public; Lots of the attendees leaving the market are asking when the next one is,” she said, “It’s been a great success and the community has really supported us well.”

Sarah Piercey is a second year Niagara College Journalism student doing her job placement with Erie Media.