One Stop Market gives holiday shoppers variety

Eckville held a market Nov. 4 in the Community Centre

Eckville held a One Stop shopping market on Nov. 3 with vendor booths from all over Central Alberta, including a medieval Dragon’s Market and the chance to fight a knight on stage for $5.

Richard Jaburek runs the Red Stags Medieval Battle Group for people interested in participating in mock battles.

“During the summer months we have a field out in Clearview in Red Deer and we beat each other with foam weapons just to have a good time,” Jaburek said.

Participants can wear medieval costumes and use padded weapons such as short swords, mace, morning star and long swords. Jaburek’s little daughter, Elinore, demonstrated her growing warrior skills with her dad on stage.

Eckville artist, Judy Lampert, sat at her table crocheting her next article of clothing between customers. Her table included crocheted tops, shawls and decorative wrist warmers. Judy also does custom orders and is available at (403) 746-5606.

Roxanne Francziak’s table was loaded with boxes of cupcakes made for her company Sweet Delights. Her services include custom designed cakes, gourmet cupcakes and custom designed cookies.

A table full of pallet signs, colourful cloth wallets and other crafts was available for customers to choose from for the holiday gifts. Crystan Pike of Moments and Messes brings her creations to markets all over Central Alberta.

One of her signature products is a slimline wallet with six card slots which she says she has been able to squeeze 2 – 3 cards into.

For those customers looking for toques, headbands and hats to keep warm, Melissa Marki of Owl Keep You Warm was on hand. Each of her creations has her signature wood button sewn on them.

Eckville librarian and artist, Andrea Grodesky wants to bring macramé back with her plant hangers and wall hangings. She was available at the market to showcase her latest creations and promote her products and let customers know she does custom designs with Endless Knots.

Another local, Shelly Brownlee and two of her friends had a booth featuring the quilting projects they make throughout the year.

“I think this is probably our fifth year maybe,” Brownlee said of how long the the group has been contributing to the market.

Their quilts, aprons, bags and blankets are only available at the Eckville Market once a year.

These quilts, aprons and blankets are only available at the One Stop Market once a year.

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