Fall Old Court Days

Vendors offer a variety of unique
crafts at annual event in Madison, Ind.

Boroff-Young, Jones use similar technique
but with different outcomes

(September 2021) – Teresa Boroff-Young and Nancy Jones are two vendors who are new to Madison, Ind.’s Fall Old Court Days this year. Both are life-long crafters who have taken their crafting to a new level by starting or expanding their businesses. Both started with Cricut machines, but their products are very different. Boroff-Young produces wine glasses and stainless-steel tumblers, while Jones produces 3-D decorative signs. 
Fall Old Court Days is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 24-26, around the Jefferson County Courthouse, Jefferson Street and the parking lot on Second Street. Vendors sell crafts, antiques and collectibles, plus there will be food vendors. It runs concurrently with the Chautauqua Festival of Art. Old Court Days is the primary fundraiser for both the Pilot Club of Madison and the Pilot Club of Scottsburg. The two clubs found it was more efficient to work together to support this major event that raises funds for scholarships and projects in both communities.

Teresa Boroff-Young

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Teresa Boroff-Young displays some of her unique tumblers.

“I have always have been a crafter,” Boroff-Young said. “I enjoy making handcrafted items as gifts for my family and friends.”
During the pandemic quarantine in March 2020, she discovered a new Cricut machine. It was something new to do. She used it to make decorations for her son’s wedding. She also made a clock out of paper for her sister for Christmas. Patterns can be layered to create 3-dimensional designs. The Cricut machine is an electronic cutting machine that can cut all sorts of designs from materials like paper, vinyl, card stock and iron-on transfers. Some Cricut machines can even cut leather and wood, all with more precision than ever achievable by hand. She started in January 2021 to produce items to sell at the Spring Old Court Days in May. It was her first experience as a craft show vendor.
The main craft that Boroff-Young has developed is her custom-decorated insulated tumbler, using a product called a “Strawbler.” This tumbler is designed with a stainless-steel straw stored in the bottom of the cup. The base can be unscrewed to reveal a compartment that contains a small folded stainless-steel straw. The folded straw snaps out into a full-size straw, complete with a tiny brush for cleaning. The compartment can also be used to store small items such as pills or cash.
She said she was excited to watch tutorial videos that showed ways to decorate the tumblers. “Soon my house was full of tumblers,” she said. Using epoxy resin with glitter, mica, coloring and decals, she decorates the stainless Strawblers and also wine glasses. She has many stock designs including favorite teams. Custom designs are available on request. Boroff-Young is a retired high school teacher who taught French and social studies in Spencer, Ind., about 15 miles west of her home in Bloomington, Ind. Her products are also available at her Etsy Shop.
Nancy Jones has been coming to Old Court Days for the past few years as a shopper. Her husband, Greg, previously lived in Madison and was familiar with Old Court Days. About six years ago she was working on crafts to give as gifts. They bought a Cricut machine to cut vinyl to make collegiate signs, which were especially popular. Greg jumped in to help. They decided to start their own craft business by participating in small craft shows.  
They thought their large five-bedroom home in New Albany, Ind., provided ample space for their craft projects. However, they soon had crafts in every room, including Greg’s wood shop in garage. Finally, Greg told Nancy that they needed to move out to the country to get more space. They found a large house near Greenville, Ind., that also had a pole barn. Their New Albany home sold in just one day, so they were able to move to the new house just 30 days later.

Nancy Jones

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Nancy Jones displays one of her creations –
a "Hey Y'all" sign.

When COVID hit, they made the decision to work even harder to grow their business. They took the opportunity to apply for a small business loan. In November 2020, they bought a wood laser. The new equipment elevated the quality of their signs to a new level. They now make 3-D welcome signs in sports, seasonal and holiday designs. After that big investment, Greg said, “Now we have to sell, sell, sell.” 
Pet-themed products are also popular.  “People love to spend money on their pets,” Nancy said. 
They decided to register as a vendor for Old Court Days in 2020. The event was canceled due to COVID-19.
Now they are looking forward to coming to Old Court Days this fall. Their products are available at the Farmer’s Market at Highlander Point in Floyds Knobs, Ind. The newest designs are always posted on Facebook. Their products are also available online at www.KentuckianaCrafts.com.
Sept. 15 is the deadline for vendors to register for Old Court Days. The vendor application is available at www.pilotclubofmadison.com.

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