Phyllis Kauffman spent much of the past year scouting out talented artists in hopes of topping last year's Germantown Jewish Centre Women's Club Craft Show, which returns Sunday for its third run.
"There are 41 vendors, and we're really stretching the walls on this," she said. "These are some excellent, excellent jewelers who do this professionally."
The free craft show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center on Lincoln Drive and West Ellet Street and will include ceramics, wearable art, home accessories and Judaica. There will be a raffle to win art from vendors, a silent auction for restaurant gift certificates, a white elephant sale and kosher food by the in-house caterer.
Younger volunteers from the congregation will be there at 7 a.m. to set up the event, which covers three floors, including the lobby and sanctuary.
"It's a real community effort," Kauffman said.
Returning artist Ava Leas, from Northeast Philadelphia, said Kauffman has a knack for "weeding out" and selecting only talented crafters.
Leas recycles material she gets from flea markets, yard sales and donations, and has a penchant for turning broken jewelry and watches into new accessories.
Someone recently challenged Leas by giving her a beer bottle cap to see if she could recycle it into something wearable, which prompted Leas to take a trip to Yuengling Brewery to stock up.
"Anything you drink that has a bottle cap I can turn into art," she said.
About 600 people came by the second year, doubling the turnout of the first, Kauffman said. Although there won't be any Christmas merchandise, the craft show is not Jewish-themed, and all are welcome.
Robin Miller from Argee Bargee Beads was at last year's event and found herself impressed with the attendance.
"The whole community turned out. It wasn't just members of the synagogue," the Doylestown resident said. "It was very special."
Her items cost between $20 and $90 and take a lot of inspiration from nature, she said. Miller has been working lately on intertwining a vintage Victorian look with contemporary styles, which she accomplishes by, for example, combining turquoise with old-fashioned brass designs.
Miller also designs pendants made with dichroic glass, which is characterized by its bright, shimmering colors, she said. Like other crafters at the event, she likes to refrain from using the same design twice—a refreshing alternative to the mass-produced jewelry found in chain stores.
"I like to have all my pieces be unique," she said. "The people who purchase my work are the only people who will have something exactly like that."