Lacey market makes summer debut

ckrotzer@theolympian.comJuly 14, 2013 

Vendors lined the streets surrounding Huntamer Park in Lacey on Saturday at the first of three community markets this summer.

Music filled the park as booth owners with a variety of plants, paintings, jewelry, pet clothing, wooden dolls, candles, purses and wooden signs lined the streets and a handful of people perused the wares.

The Lacey Community Market runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the second Saturday of July, August and September.

City Council member Cynthia Pratt was on hand at the information station to answer questions about community programs.

“We are talking about Lacey in Tune — tonight we have ‘The Lorax,’” Pratt said. “We also want people to know about the water conservation equipment available through the city and what’s going on in our parks.”

Traffic was light early in the day, but Pratt expected things to pick up around the lunch hour.

Among the vendors Saturday was Christine Malek of Vidaliah Crafts selling what she dubs “sweater monsters.”

The Olympia-based artist had always been drawn to sculpture work but was looking to expand her artistic experience.

“I was making sock monkeys and sock creatures,” Malek said, who soon ran out of socks and moved on to recycled sweaters. “At an Arts Walk in Olympia, I sold almost all my stuffed animals.”

Twenty shows later, her creations have expanded from the original sweater bear to “squambirds” “drogues” or dragon-frog hybrids, and moths.

Her hope is to expand her booth to a studio of her own.

The most popular item for teen girls has been anything with a mustache.

“Mustaches are huge this year,” Malek said.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com theolympian.com/thisjustin @chelseakrotzer

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