Wedding dresses

Above are two of the dolls in wedding dresses offered for sale on Saturday by Lexington resident Marcia Goldsmith.

ONTARIO -- Marcia Goldsmith has been sewing for seven decades, a passion the 82-year-old entrepreneur turned into a business about a year ago.

Goldsmith, owner of the Dolls Closet, was one of 18 local crafters and bakers participating under blue skies and chilly conditions on Saturday during the fourth-annual Makers Market at the Ontario Christian Fellowship Church.

A Lexington resident, Goldsmith had tables full of brightly clothed dolls for sale, including some in wedding dresses made from material taken from actual wedding gowns.

Sewing since she was 12 years old, the doll dresses began as a way to provide Christmas gifts for Goldsmith's five granddaughters.

"My husband passed away about 12 years ago. I have five granddaughters who had American Girl Dolls, but I couldn't afford to buy them clothes for the dolls," she said. "So I made them all little outfits for Christmas."

Goldsmith got the idea to ask friends for used wedding dresses, converting that material into shiny, shimmering beautiful gowns for her dolls.

Her dolls were just one of a myriad of items on display and available in the spacious parking lot of 636 S. Lexington-Springmill Road church.

Event organizer Sandy Lamp said the six-hour event is normally inside the church, moved outdoors this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns.

"It was either move it outside or cancel it," Lamp said. "We're trying to do something to keep 2020 as safe and as normal as we can."

The fundraiser, which supports the church's foreign missionary fund, normally attracts more than 30 craft-makers and bakers. Participation was down this year, which she attributed to concerns over COVID and also being outdoors in November.

"We lost some because a couple are actually sick right now with COVID and some who were exposed to someone who has it," Lamp said.

She said participants come from around the county, including Mansfield, Ontario, Bellville and Lucas. Baked goods, including freshly-fried, made-to-order doughnuts, were on sale. There were woodworking projects, photography and a variety of other arts and crafts.

Lamp said the weather was a blessing, despite cool temperatures.

"You know, for November, I am thankful that we have a sunny day and the cold doesn't bother me," she said.

Crafter Joan Pliler was one of those offering a variety of hand-made items, including  incense, soap, perfume, candles, corn husk dolls, lace ornaments and ballet slippers.

It's her second year at the Ontario event and was hopeful for a nice turnout at what will likely be her only show of the year.

"I already had everything made, so I would either sit and look at it, or come on out today. I am ready to sell everything," she said.

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