In 2008, three friends and neighbors decided Ramona needed a craft sale showcasing local crafters and artists, and “In Your Own Backyard” was born.
In December of 2008, their first craft sale was held on one of the friend’s property off Magnolia Avenue, at the east end of town. A sale has been held twice each year since.
The ultimate goal was not to make money but to provide a venue for crafters and artists to sell and show off their talents, said Vicki Franano, one of the women who started the sales. Donations from vendors’ registrations were used for advertising and the cost associated with promoting the sale.
It was always the dream to be able to give back to the community in some way, said Franano, and the dream came true last Wednesday evening when they presented Ramona Town Hall board members with a check for $600 to go toward restoration of the historic building.
On May 6 and 7, the craft sale featuring the creations of nearly 20 vendors was held in Ramona Town Hall.
“At this sale, as in the past, we were fortunate to have wonderful artists and crafters who were enthusiastic to be in the Town Hall,” said Franano. “We were pleased to present them with a check for $600 to help with renovation projects. The money was from vendor registration. Each vendor was very excited to be part of a fun event and know their registration was going to a great cause.”
Many of the vendors came from Ramona stores like Nan’s Place and Affordable Treasures.
Other talented artists came from Ramona and Julian, all offering handmade, vintage and refurbished items.
“We were also fortunate to work with the Town Hall trustees Woody Kirkman and Darrell Beck,” said Franano. “They offered free tours of Town Hall that allowed the community to see what is being done to restore this historic treasure. We especially want to thank all of the people that came to visit and shop at the In Your Own Backyard sale. Without you, our sale would not have been successful.”
The crafters will host their next sale Dec. 1, 2 and 3, in time for the holidays.
Anyone interested in participating may contact Franano at 760-788-8860, Susan Boughner at 760-789-2357 or Lynette Harding at 760-789-4387.