Young jewelry-maker headline vendor at Annual Market

By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
East Windsor - posted Fri., May. 20, 2011
Megan Gifford, 13. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

The Seventh Annual Preservation Association Market will be held on May 21 and feature popular vendors from all over the area.

This year, the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor will be the site of the market, which was previously put on by the Windsor Locks Preservation Association, a group that just recently disbanded.

One of group’s founders, Barbara Schley, has taken on the task of organization and putting on the event, despite the disbandment of the WLPA. She said many vendors will line the area around the trolley museum, including 13-year-old Megan Gifford, a skilled young jewelry-maker.

Megan began making jewelry at a very young age and has continued to show grace and patience, two things that are often difficult for younger children to do.

“She really showed that she had a great talent at a very young age,” said her mother, Christine Gifford.

Megan has continued to grow her business and has been featured at several different craft shows and continues to make custom jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings for various clients. She will be the youngest vendor featured at the annual market.

“We’re very excited to have her be with us at the market,” said Schley. “I think she is amazing for a girl at her young age to be making such beautiful jewelry.”

Christine Gifford said Megan has learned many different techniques that were all self-taught. Her business has become so big that customers have even requested she get a website.

One of the most impressive parts of Megan’s business is the on-the-spot jewelry making.

“Sometimes people will come up and want something to match their earrings or their necklaces,” said Christine Gifford. “Megan will make up the jewelry right on site.”

The making of jewelry is very specific and requires great coordination and a special kind of patience. Megan displays that patience better than anyone Christine has ever seen.

“I have tried to help her make some of that jewelry and even I have gotten frustrated,” said Christine Gifford. “But then she will show me how to do it.”

Megan’s jewelry business started after she had made so much jewelry, it was time to start moving some of it.

Megan resides in Enfield and spends much time in craft stores and doing all kind of different art projects. She will be making her first appearance at the Annual Market.

At the event, Megan will be selling work that she has already created. She will also be available to do custom work.

“She has always been a crafty person,” said Christine Gifford. “She loves to paint and draw and work with her hands.”

The market is also scheduled to feature several other major vendors. More than 110 spaces of vendors feature a variety of items and great finds, including antiques, collectibles, Revolutionary & Civil War items, military, coins, primitive items, household items, vintage items, glassware, The Simon Foundation - animal rescue adoption day, We Adopt Greyhounds - greyhound adoption day, Party Lite Candles, furniture, Elm City Kettle Corn & Cotton Candy, All Things Beaded, Teach Art 2 Me - face painting and children's crafts, Pandora style & Murano beads, Scentsy Wickless candles, photos, Arbonne, baked goods, Pampered Chef, plants, Gary the Magic Guy, Mary Kay, bird houses, Thirty One Gifts, Miche, Jafra, crafts, Girl Scouts will be selling cookies, Tastefully Simple, clothing, plumbing items and hot tubs, records, fishing lures, Tupperware, jewelry, garden items, gifts and Avon. Also appearing will be Corporal McNeice and Mack from the East Windsor Police Department's K-9 unit.

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