The parking lot was full at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday as shoppers came to peruse the annual Fall Craft Fair.

Handcrafted staples like jewelry and soap filled the room of more than 100 vendors.

Nick Niccoli was selling his scroll saw work, pieces of wood with outlines of animals like moose or deer.

Niccoli was also selling clocks and cribbage boards that he made with his saw.

The Myrtle Creek resident said the fall craft fair is the only one he goes to, he sells everything else by word of mouth.

A machinist by trade, he got started doing woodwork after he retired from repairing landing gear for jet aircrafts.

Niccoli said it can take three to four hours to complete a simple design.

“It gets tedious,” he said, adding that he enjoys the work.

Kay Davis said she has been coming to the craft fair for many years and uses it as a chance to look for Christmas presents.

Davis, of Camas Valley, said she enjoys looking around at everything and sees if she runs into any friends.

John and Kindra Fraser came to the craft fair because of Kindra’s mother.

Kindra Fraser said her mother wouldn’t tell her what she was looking for, but she personally enjoyed the Mountain Bear Trading booth that sold leather jackets and jewelry.

Brick and mortar businesses like Firehouse Fudge and Goodog Bakery sold their goods alongside those who make their wares at home.

Melissa Brady was selling beeswax candles with different patterns and shapes like pinecones and morel mushrooms.

She said she buys bulk beeswax and places it in silicone molds that create an intricate pattern along the outside of the candle.

She started making candles for herself after her husband bought her one.

Then, she started giving them as gifts to friends, then selling at the Umpqua Valley Arts Market.

From there, she started doing more with her beeswax.

Brady said she was looking up ways to reduce plastic in her life when she started making reusable beeswax wraps as a replacement for plastic wrap.

Now that it’s more difficult to recycle in Douglas County, Brady said the wraps have taken off. She said they last about a year, a timeline she’s tested with her own family of five.

“We were great test subjects,” Brady said.

Now, she said the patterned circles outsell her candles.

“It’s easy to sell stuff that you love,” Brady said.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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