TROY - Sales-wise, things were looking up at the "TIS a Spring Thing Craft Fair" Saturday at Troy Intermediate School.

"I haven't seen very many people leave empty-handed, and that's a good thing," said student council advisor Michelle Manning. She commented that the crowd had been steady.

The school's student council sponsored the second annual craft fair. The acronym "TIS" in the title of the craft show is a reference to the acronym for Troy Intermediate School.

Manning noted that spring craft shows have to compete with activities such as baseball and gardening for people's attention.

"But everyone has to shop for mom this weekend," she noted.

And there was plenty to buy for mom on the day before Mother's Day.

Two young girls, Krysta Manning and Haley Chambers, were selling items they made with duct tape, such as hair bows, flowers, wallets and bookmarks.

Chambers said making such items requires exact cutting skills while her business partner said practice and patience are needed.

Jean Bennett of Creekside Creations of Ulster was selling some wine glasses she had painted with her own designs.

Michelle Manning said the student council is already gearing up for its "TIS the Season" craft show Dec. 14.

"We have lots of room to expand, and we'd like to have more vendors next time," she commented.

She said anyone wanting to be a vendor for the December show can contact her by email at or by phone at (570) 297-4565.

According to Manning, student vendors or kids' organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, are welcome.

"We'd love to see more of these types of organizations join in."

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