Wendy and Ardie

Wendy Burrell, left, decorating chairwoman for Basement Boutique, poses with fellow crafter and Bastment Boutique treasurer Ardie Halverson on Nov. 2. at Creative Corner on Main Street 

In 1975, the Basement Boutique was started in one member’s basement, and the name stuck.

Now over 40 years later, Nov. 24-25, the group will be showcasing dozens of crafters’ creations not in a basement, but at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive.

Basement Boutique, a not-for-profit cooperative, works together to showcase the artisans of the Western Slope. This year’s event, themed Snowman’s Holiday, will be the 43rd annual show and sale the organization has put on.

The board of directors for the Basement Boutique work year-round to put this event together, said Wendy Burrell, the decorating chairwoman. Members are asked to help decorate, post flyers and other various jobs needed to put on this huge event.

The longtime show will feature 36 crafters, all of whom have been selected by the six-member cooperative board. Many area crafters approach the group at the pavilion and start the process of joining the cooperative from there. Perspective crafters must agree to work with the group because it is a cooperative. Burrell added manufactured and assembly kit items are not allowed.

“We’re going to have quite the variety with 36 crafters,” Burrell said. “All sorts of things and everything is handmade and locally made. That’s what differentiates us …”

Burrell, who has been a part of the cooperative for 31 years, said she has been in the show the longest. Her craft is pressed flowers and vegetable wreaths. She noted she continues to be part of the show because “it’s a great way to display and sell what you make.”

The cooperative offers anything and everything one could want for the holiday season. Crafts that will be available are soaps, candles, bath salts and lotions, knitted items and much, much more. This year the organization will be featuring about a dozen new crafters. New crafts include hand-painted metal jewelry, hand-painted porcelain and felted hats.

Crafters do not sit behind their one table and sell their goods. Members work the entire floor and a central check-out will be available for shoppers’ convenience. Burrell noted being able to pay for everything as one goes out is another aspect that makes this event different.

“It’s classy, unique and everything is quality,” Ardie Halverson, cooperative board treasurer, said, describing the crafts and the event. “It’s just fun. I enjoy the people. I like the idea that I’m in a good spot. Quality is important to me.”

Halverson does knitting and crocheting. She added she puts all of her effort into this event and selling her goods at Creative Corner. This is the only craft show she does.

Popular items sold at the show are ornaments. Many of the crafters create a variety of ornaments for the upcoming holiday season.

“We have such a variety of things and quality things,” Burrell said. “I think people can find something for everybody on their shopping list if they come to Basement Boutique.”

If you are unable to attend the event, some of the craft items can be found at Creative Corner, 344 E. Main St. Similar to Basement Boutique, Creative Corner is an artisan co-op.

The craft show will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25. At the event, the cooperative also collects canned goods for Sharing Ministries. To learn more about the Basement Boutique, visit Facebook.

Monica Garcia is the Montrose Daily Press’ news editor. A Colorado native, she studied journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her experience includes time at the Montrose Daily Press and The Denver Post.

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