MIDDLETOWN, NJ: They came from far and wide to gather at the Thompson Middle School on Saturday, November 17th, for the 38th Annual Granny's Attic Craft Show, hosted by the Parent Faculty Association (PFA).  The event is considered one of the largest craft shows on the East Coast and for so many it's a family tradition every year to kick off their holiday shopping. The variety is vast with everything from art work, homemade fudge candies, ceramics, crotched items, hand made doll clothing, jewelry, personalized items, candies, clothing, holiday wreaths,... to homemade specialty dog treats and everything in-between. It's such a popular event that they run 8 free continuously running shuttle buses to and from the craft show to the Middletown train station, where parking is free for the day. Admission fees were $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children 14 and under and children under 3 free.

New this year was expansion of vendors to the second floor and also several food trucks set up on site from 11am-6pm for shoppers to refuel and get back to the next round of shopping! As in previous years there was an outdoor fire pit with the fixings for s'mores and hot chocolate.

Craft Vendor and owner of Holmdel based business called The Elegant Ella Lisa Braccia said, "As always, the Thompson Middle School PFA did a wonderful job organizing and managing Granny's Attic. This was my fourth and most successful year yet at the show. It's the premier handmade crafts fair that New Jersey has to offer. My boutique offers unique children's clothing and accessories, with the option to personalize anything.  I took so many orders as personalized gifts are so popular because they make gift giving extra special. The exposure was great marketing for my small business.  People were able to see, touch and feel my products and realize that there is someone local who they can conveniently order unique and personalized clothing items and accessories from." 

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Craft shopper Lara Renner added, "It's a family tradition for us every year to kick off our Christmas shopping. I live in Manasquan, and my sister lives in Westfield.   Every year we meet at our parent's house and with our mom and her friends we 'shop 'til we drop'. This year we found it to be even better than prior years, and we didn't think that was possible. I was able to get to so many great gifts and of course a few things for myself. There are so many unique items, those special things you just can't find anywhere else."  

The money raised through this event is to further enhance the learning and teaching experience for the students at the Thompson Middle School, Middletown, NJ. 

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