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She hopes this weekend is for the birds

Marcy Hanson shows off one of the bird houses she'll have on display at her booth at the Crossroads of California Street Fair this weekend.


POSTED April 2, 2009 5:23 a.m.
As a Realtor, Marcy Hanson didn’t have a whole lot of options when the housing market took a dramatic downward spiral.

But instead of dwelling on what most people would consider an extremely bad turn of luck, Hanson found something else that allowed her to both enjoy her newfound time and make a little bit of extra money at the same time.

This weekend, Hanson will take her massive collection of bird founds and bird feeders – as well as some wind chimes, picture frames, and other craft-based items – to the 13th annual Crossroads Street Fair taking place on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Manteca.

It’ll be her first official weekend fair ever since she started gathering the items she’ll have on display, and she’s more than looking forward to it.

“It’ll be great to be able to set up right here in town where I’ll be able to have a lot of my Realtor friends come by and see me,” she said. “I’m kind of nervous because I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited at the same time.”

This week Hanson has been pulling everything out of her tow trailer to make sure that everything is in its proper box for easy access when she arrives at her spot on E. Yosemite Avenue between Manteca Street and Maple Avenue early Saturday morning to set up.

Sitting in her living room were assorted bird houses – ranging from hollowed logs to elaborately decorated bird “hotels” with themes ranging from casinos to hunting lodges.

And there was no shortage of elaborately decorated bird baths and standing feeders in a variety of different colors that are perfect for those looking to add a little something unique to their front or back yard.

“A lot of the things that I’m going to have are for people to put in their yards because I like decorating but I also like the fact that it’s something that attracts nature,” Hanson said. “It’s something that’s new for me, but hopefully this goes well and this is something that I’ll continue doing.

“It allows me to stay home and watch my granddaughter, and if I can do this while I do that I’ll definitely be happy.”

The Crossroads of California Street Fair will take place on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Manteca. Admission is free. For more information about booth space, contact the Manteca Convention and Visitors Bureau at 823-7229.
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