Heritage Market will open one day this year to public


February 02, 1992|By LINDA LOWE MORRIS

For the past six years the owners of fancy home furnishings shops from all over the world have journeyed to Washington to shop at the Heritage Market of American Crafts. Then last year Operation Desert Storm started just before the show, and many buyers stayed away.

"Everyone was hesitant to come into Washington, afraid they were going to be bombed," says show organizer Barbara Pitt. "The hotel had a fire drill, and I never saw a room clear out so fast in my life."

This year, as compensation for the 150 craftspeople exhibiting, Ms. Pitt decided to open the show -- formerly to the trade only -- to the public on February 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give the craftspeople a chance to sell their show samples.

The Heritage Market focuses on high design home furnishings, decorative accessories and functional pieces. Expect to see new interpretations of traditional forms: folk art, Windsor chairs, painted furniture, baskets, twig chairs, decorative pillows, rugs, paintings, dolls, garden furniture and accessories, mission- and prairie-style furniture, handcrafted Christmas items, painted furniture, wood carvings, functional and decorative pottery, jewelry and elegant dried floral arrangements.

The show is held at the Sheraton Washington, located at 2660 Woodley Road at Connecticut Avenue. For more information, call (717) 249-9404.

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