Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 17, 2013

VFW Trade Days starts Saturday

Event to be held third Saturday of each month

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Thanks to the popularity of the Taylorosa Trade Days, which are no longer being held at the Taylorosa, a new trade show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the VFW, 4609 W. State Highway 31. The plan is for this new Trade Days to be held the third Saturday of each month.

A collaborative effort of Robin Ratliff and Tammie McWhorter, both seasoned Taylorosa vendors, VFW Trade Days offers booth rental for $25 for single with one table, and $45 for double with two tables. For an extra $10, you can also have electricity in your booth.

So far, vendors committed to attending the inaugural trade show include Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Velata, Paparazzi Jewelry, as well as crafters who make everything from date bread (Sweet M’s Sweet Treats), to pickled beets and homemade salsa, to knitted kitchen towels and accessories, to jewelry, crosses, tutus and hairbows.

“The one thing we’d like to do is help promote home-based businesses, and encourage our home crafters,” Robin Ratliff said. “That’s why our booth spaces are inexpensive. I’m a home-based crafter, I make wooden crosses and other wooden items. If booth space rent is outrageous, you may not make enough money to cover your expenses. We want to encourage people just starting out with home-based crafting, and help them make contacts and expand their network.”

There is a VFW Trade Days page on Facebook with continually updated information.

“I’ve been doing craft shows for a couple of years now, some of them are very competitive,” Ratliff said. “We want this to be a monthly event, and we are grateful to the VFW for allowing us to do this. We are looking forward to spring and summer when we can open up into the outdoors with booths, too.”

The VFW will have concessions during Trade Days, with hot dogs, nachos, frito pie and coffee, tea and soft drinks available.

“I think it will be a good thing for the VFW if we can make it a go,” said Tammy French, VFW manager. “They don’t use the big room all that much, and I think this use for it will be great.”

Vendors may set up from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are looking forward to it,” Ratliff said. “Everybody was geared up to do the next Taylorosa show, and found out at the end of the December event that we wouldn’t be doing anymore there. So, we are pleased to have a place to continue these shows. Many of these vendors are the same ones who showed at the Taylorosa.”