Bald Eagle

Annual craft fair benefits BEA Spanish Club

Mike Anthony talks about various items he sells during the craft fair Saturday at Bald Eagle Area High School.
Mike Anthony talks about various items he sells during the craft fair Saturday at Bald Eagle Area High School. psheehan@centredaily.com

Almost 150 vendors set up shop on Saturday at the annual craft and gift fair at Bald Eagle Area High School.

While vendors take home their full profits, the money they pay to get a space at the fair goes toward the Spanish Club and has for 10 years, said Andrea Simpson, club adviser.

Last year, she said, they raised about $3,500.

Simpson said this year they also ran a food drive during the last full week of school before Thanksgiving break that yielded 876 items.

By about 1 p.m. Saturday, another three carts full of food had been donated at the fair, she said. All donations will go to local food banks in the school district.

Longtime vendor Mike Anthony, 75, who sells various memorabilia — from NFL flags to Beanie Babies, has been doing one kind of show or another since 1987.

He and his wife are both retired, and he said they go to about 29 shows and operate a brick-and-mortar store on Benner Pike.

“We like meeting people, and this is the best way to do it,” Anthony said.

And everything they sell is new.

They started out doing just baseball cards and accessories, he said, but the industry “nose-dived.”

Little by little, Anthony said, they switched to selling pennants, room signs and decals and then it expanded from there.

Not everyone is a Penn State or Steelers fan, he said, so they got into the habit of carrying items for all 32 NFL teams and about half the MLB teams, among others.

“It’s nice to have what the people want,” Anthony said.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz

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