Artisans and entrepreneurs from Brookneal and the surrounding area gathered this Saturday at the community building at 261 Main Street in Brookneal for a sale to a local vendor to support the Brookneal Dixie Youth Baseball League.
Laura Mason, secretary of Brookneal Dixie Youth, which hosts the event, said vendors typically congregate outside near the boat launch in conjunction with the league’s annual striped bass tournament for “A Day by the River”. Mason said vendors had to be relocated due to the weather, but vendors and customers still seemed happy, and the local Monkey Butt’s Place food truck was able to stay near the boat launch during the tournament. fishing as expected.
“Everything went well, here and at the river,” Mason said at the event.
Saleswoman Bessie Johnson came to the community building on Saturday to sell her handmade floral designs. Her business is called Bessie’s Beauty Bling.
Johnson manufactures and sells funeral saddles, door wreaths and other flower arrangements. It can also manufacture personalized items for customers with special requests.
“I just had them made today for this special occasion,” Johnson said at his post, pointing to a table full of his colorful stool.
Johnson also sells Paparazzi jewelry, which makes lead-free and nickel-free bracelets, earrings, necklaces, children’s jewelry and other items.
Johnson said his grandson played Dixie League baseball and his granddaughter did so before. She said participating in the event was a way to “help the community”.
Many other vendors attended the event, including a local wood stove and a spice vendor.
Lynchburg vendors Jessica Eubank and Brittany Morris, founders of Creative Designs by ME, came to the event to sell their handmade mugs and other original designs. The two also sold face masks made by Eubank’s mother and were accompanied by Morris’s husband, a local DJ known as DJ Anonymous.
Creative Designs by ME sells cups, koozies and pens. Their designs feature sports team logos, glitter, wood grain and more, and can be adjusted to meet customer needs.
Eubank said Mason contacted herself and Morris in March to come to the event after seeing their products on Facebook. The two had founded their business a few weeks earlier and said they were happy to help support a nearby community.
“It was pretty cool,” Eubank said. “We were delighted to come here because that’s just what we’re trying to do right now is get our name out there.”
Taylor Singleton, a local Halifax County vendor who makes colorful polyester items like hair accessories and children’s clothing, also attended the event. His business is called Tailored Top Knots. Singleton said she was happy to participate.
“I think it’s a good way to start reintroducing everyone back into society,” Singleton said.
Mason said she wanted to thank the city for allowing Dixie Youth Baseball to use the community building, and the community for coming to support the league and local entrepreneurs.
“We really appreciate it,” Mason said.