Walking into the Holidays


The rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the 25th Annual Collett Park Christmas Craft Walk in Terre Haute.

The 12 homeowners around Collett Park kicked off the holiday shopping season by opening their doors and welcoming visitors and vendors alike.  

“You know we have a lot of people that come in may not want to shop but they want to come in and see the house,” Ashley Murphy said. “So it’s just neat to see and then it’s just fun to see everyone.”

Each home had a different Christmas theme and different items ranging from baked goods, home made baskets, home decor and more. 

And at one of the stops you could even purchase some handcrafted junk. 

Punk-Junk Characters come in every shape, and size.

“I really didn’t necessarily know I had any artistic ability but I went down stairs and just started occupying some time and put together a few things and two things became, five things became fifteen things and it went on from there.” Jeff Nickels said.  

Creator, Jeff Nickels has been making Punk-Junk Characters for years but this was his first time participating in the craft walk.

And for annual walk participant Iantha Horning, the figurines were a welcome surprise. 

“I’m big on antiques and just collectable things and I found this,” Iantha Horning said. “It’s got the old antique nutmeg can. We love it. I mean we are just amazed.” 

And the best part of the day was seeing the peoples faces. 

 “I enjoy making them,” Nickels said. “I enjoy sharing them and people come by and laugh and smilie about them. So we will probably do this again for sure.” 

So far Nickels has made more than 300 figurines. For more information on Punk-Junk Characters click here

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