Dombrosky’s job is in four gift shops, and she does custom orders, which supported her workflow when the shows were canceled.
“It’s a hobby and I can’t keep it all,” she said. “It’s a hobby that pays for itself.
Carpenter Todd Eckenrode also said that while this year’s festival was slower than the one before the pandemic, it was better than the alternative of canceling. Eckenrode said he has been able to sell a few more expensive parts which have kept him going over the past 18 months even though sales volume has declined.
“For fewer people, I’m still doing fine,” Eckenrode said.
As a longtime resident of Carlisle, “it’s also a social event,” Eckenrode said. “People just want to go out. “
With winter approaching and stable COVID-19 cases, the Carlisle Festival is the last opportunity for many artists to gain clients before the less certain indoor show season begins, buyers and sellers. sellers always afraid to congregate inside.
“The only show I have left is an indoor show, and I still don’t know what I’m going to do,” said photographer Mike Donovan.
For some suppliers, sales have been stronger than ever, especially if their products are right for the situation.
“It was a great show,” said Kari Watchinsky, who makes soaps and other bath products. “People are buying more. Everyone is washing their hands at this time.