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Brand: Kristen’s Creations
Columbus Farmer’s Market,
501 Brown St., downtown
When Kristen McLemore joined the Columbus Farmer’s Market in 2011, she began with a single table and a few dozen pairs of earrings. McLemore, a fourth-grade teacher at Mount Healthy, enjoys offering market shoppers affordable jewelry that is unique and lightweight. McLemore’s philosophy is “keep it simple.”
Talk about the process of creating your items, the supplies and skills involved.
Making jewelry is pretty easy and fun. I love to go shopping for the beads to find unique items. I can make a pair of earrings in a matter of minutes, so it isn’t a long process at all. Hand-eye coordination is important to being able to manipulate small objects.
How long have you been making/crafting your goods?
I have always enjoyed making crafts, but I started making jewelry about four years ago.
What prompted you to make jewelry?
I went to the farmers market with $20 in my pocket. I wanted to buy jewelry, saw how expensive it was and thought I would give it a try.
How many pairs of earrings do you start with each season?
How much are your earrings?
$5 per set.
Have you introduced any new items?
Yes, I also make bracelets and pendants. And, this year, I tried redneck wine glasses made from mason jars and candlesticks.
What do you like about being a part of the market?
I love the atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and inviting.
What’s been one of your most memorable experiences participating in the market?
The most memorable would have to be my first day at the market, when I didn’t really know what I was doing. I showed up with a table, a few earrings and no canopy. I got a nice sunburn that day, but everyone was so nice and supportive. They encouraged me to come back, and I did. But I made sure I had a canopy.
What types of conversations do you have with the shoppers?
All sorts. They range from how I make jewelry to what the weather is like that day. I love when the customers share what types of things they have found at other booths.
Is this a hobby or more for you?
I consider this my summer job. It keeps me busy during my summer break and I enjoy it!
Do you think people are becoming more interested in locally produced items? If so, why?
I think people like to give back to their community, and this is one way of doing so. I also think, especially with produce, that it is nice to have locally grown food. People like to share and say, “I got this at the Columbus Farmer’s Market!”
What are your plans when the market ends?
Focus on teaching and in my free time to continue to make jewelry for next summer.
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