PITTSBURG — This year’s Pittsburg Makers Market, a craft show of locally created items, will benefit Safehouse Crisis Center.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 2nd and Broadway streets in the Pritchett Pavillion. Applications to vendors are closed.

Funds raised during the silent auction will go to Safehouse Crisis Center. People are encouraged to bring donations such as laundry detergent, dish soap and kitchen trash bags to the event for the crisis center.

“We wanted to find a way to give back,” Event Organizer Kelsey Harshman said.

The mission of Safehouse Crisis Center, “is to aid in the reduction of the incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” according to the crisis center’s website.

Its services include crisis intervention, emergency shelter, victim advocacy, public education and community awareness, statistical analysis and involvement in legislative reform.

This is the third Pittsburg Makers Market organized by Harshman.

“I just wanted to bring the love I have of handmade items to the community,” she said. “I want to encourage handmade quality items in the southeast Kansas area.”

Harshman is an Arma High School alumni and she studied art at Pittsburg State University. She currently lives in Ohio, where she said there are craft shows almost every weekend.

Pittsburg’s event will include handmade goods, live music, the Blue Spoon food truck and a silent auction.

The first 25 people in line with a donation for the center will get a “swag” bag. There is a limit of one bag per person. The bag will include items from creators and local businesses.

Donations needed for Safehouse Crisis Center

Dog food

Laundry detergent

Dish soap

Kitchen trash bags

Toilet paper

Paper towels


Towels and wash rags

Light bulbs

Cleaning supplies

Dishcloths and sponges

Twin and queen sheet sets

Twin and queen comforters

Large size diapers

Baby wipes

Feminine products


Toothpaste, brushes razors

Shampoo and conditioner

Women and children socks



— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.