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New store for crafters opens

Debbie and Shawn Clevenger will hold a grand opening celebration at their new store, Krafter’s Alley, this weekend. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A new business categorizing itself as an indoor Saturday market was born out of necessity, its owners say.
Shawn and Debbie Clevenger, both crafters, were both looking for a good place to sell their wares, but didn’t find exactly what they were looking for.
There’s always holiday bazaars and similar gatherings, but Debbie said it’s difficult to sell handmade items alongside something bought premade and resold.

“It’s hard to compete against that … because (buyers) don’t understand the time and money that went into creating it,” Debbie said. “I thought, why not open a space where I can display my things and other people can too?”
So the pair opened Krafter’s Alley. It’s not a supply store – it’s a product store. Crafters pay a fee to display their wares, and the Clevengers keep a percentage of anything that sells. The variety of goods available is too broad to fully list, but here’s a few: Candles, jewelry, quilts, carvings, gourmet food mixes – and even rope baskets.

“We have a strict rule here that everything has to be handcrafted or repurposed,” Shawn said. By repurposed, he means “things that were already made and (someone) makes something new out of them,” not simply a refurbished item, he said.

One crafter collects used ropes from rodeos and using nothing but the rope and glue makes them into baskets. Another makes candles and also sells honey.
“We’ve had great response,” said Shawn. “And it’s gaining momentum. There’s nothing else like this in Keizer.”

The Clevengers hope to offer classes like scrapbooking, painting, cardmaking and crocheting.

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Krafter’s Alley
4145 River Road N.
503-385-8164

Hours:
Wed-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.
Closed Mon and Tue