Sauder Village Offers New Way for Creative People to Bring Region’s Heritage to Life

Archbold, OH – A group of volunteers at Sauder Village is preparing to launch the Heritage Shop a new shopping opportunity that is also a way to support the cultural and educational mission of this non-profit organization. The Sauder Village Volunteer Development Committee is currently seeking creative people to donate high-quality, handmade items that will be sold to help fund the unique experiences offered by Sauder Village.

Donated items can be quilted, carved, painted, knitted, crocheted, hooked, woven, mixed media or fashioned in some other traditional method. Modern interpretations of traditional crafts are welcome and encouraged. Items can be tagged with information about the artist or they can be sold anonymously. All items will be juried to ensure they achieve a high standard of quality and do not conflict with items being sold in other retail areas at Sauder Village.

Hand-crafted items will be juried on Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturday, March 15 from noon until 2 p.m. in the Welcome Center Café at Sauder Village. If you have questions or would like to donate an item to the Heritage Shop, please call Sharon Fellers at 800.590.9755 or e-mail her at

“There are so many talented people throughout this region who love Sauder Village,” commented Rebecca Landin, member of the Volunteer Development Committee. “We think the Heritage Shop will be a great opportunity for people to support the Village while doing the crafts they love. We can’t wait to see the items people donate!”

In the beginning, the Heritage Shop: Handmade Exclusives by Friends of Sauder Village will be open for special events, starting with Volunteer Appreciation Days on June 6 and 7. As the shop grows, Sauder Village will consider a more permanent location and hours of operation.

Besides contributing items to sell, there are other ways to help with the Heritage Shop. If you are great with people or have a mind for details you may be able to serve customers or help administer the shop.

“Volunteers are such an important part of Sauder Village,” explained Todd Sterken, Director of Development. “The unforgettable experiences people have here would not be possible without them, but not everyone wants to be in costume or can even be on-site to volunteer. Through the Heritage Shop, people will be able to support Sauder Village with their creative talents from wherever they are in the world!”

There will be many additional dates throughout the year for items to be donated and juried. Contact Sharon Fellers at Sauder Village for additional information about the Heritage Shop or how to make a donation of a handmade item.

Ohio’s largest living-history destination will open for the 2014 season on Tuesday, April 29 with the 38th Annual Quilt Show. The 2014 event schedule and other rates/dates/hours are posted online. For more details about planning a visit or getting involved at Sauder Village phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.

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