TROY - The crafters were ready.

Their wreaths, lotions, candles and other handmade items were arranged on tables neatly covered with tablecloths.

And their signs were out.

"All leather and suede necklaces are adjustable!" was the message on one.

On Saturday, the Troy Intermediate School was turned into a crafters' - and buyers' - paradise as the 'TIS the Season Craft Fair got under way at Troy Intermediate School in Troy.

"It's very, very nice; a lot of variety," said one visitor, Coleen Greecher of Harrisburg.

Marjorie Ulmer of Columbia Cross Roads was shopping with her great-grandson, Daniel Hoppaugh.

"They've got a lot of nice things," she said.

Michelle Manning, student council advisor, said word is spreading about the craft fair.

As proof, the number of vendors had about doubled from last year, for a total of 43.

They set up shop in the hallways and rooms at the school, waiting for customers to snatch up their offerings.

Manning noted that the craft fair is also advertised on the Internet, in the newspaper, and on the radio.

The Troy Intermediate School Student Council sponsored the craft fair.

Manning noted that the student council uses the proceeds for field trips and also making donations to the school, such as a leather recliner that was donated to the school's relaxation room previously.

This year's craft fair also featured a book fair.

In the craft fair title, 'tis - a contraction of "it is" - is written in all capital letters to signify the intermediate school's acronym.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: