Lynden Tribune:

A children’s boutique will be dropped right into the middle of the Lynden Fall Craft & Antique Show at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Thursday through Saturday.

A trio of Lynden moms have pooled their talents — and individual businesses — to create the booth Once Upon A Time, fashioned after a small children’s boutique, but with items for adults too.

Sara Whitehead, Linda McLachlan and Tamara Dunkin are working to set up the booth like a store rather than a craft table.

In that store customers can find Whitehead’s reclaimed antique children’s furniture and old-fashioned pictures and frames, McLachlan’s handmade bags, purses and baby gift sets, and Dunkin’s pre-made paper crafts, including scrapbooks and journals.

Whitehead said that she started restoring old furniture and finding old pictures of kids from magazines and putting them in antique frames when she developed the idea to try her hand at a booth in the spring craft show.

As she started talking with friends about her growing desire, two fellow moms at Grace Baptist Church in Lynden offered to join in to give the inaugural booth a more wide-reaching draw.

It worked. The ladies have now doubled their booth size for the fall show. “It worked very well as a marriage of all three (businesses),” Whitehead said.

While the endeavor is still mainly a hobby for the three stay-at-home moms with eight kids in all (nine when Dunkin has another in a few weeks), they are serious about the work they do.

“It is a neat way to earn extra income and not work outside the home,” Whitehead said.