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Learn how to sew – and have fun at same time

While your children recover from their Halloween sugar comas this weekend, Wendy Berglass wants you to think about a different type of celebration for them.

Berglass is the owner of Sew Fun! Parties and More. From her space in downtown Matthews, Berglass has a kid-friendly shop comprised of speed-adjustable sewing machines, brightly colored fabrics and notions, and tables laid out in a horseshoe shape to help her move among her young charges working on projects such as handbags, pillows, and memory boards.

A former school teacher, Berglass said the idea behind the business is to host birthday party groups, Girl Scout troops working on sewing badges or other youngsters wanting to learn how to sew.

Berglass recently gave this sewing-deficient writer a spin on one of her machines, where she has color-coded cues on the machine parts. The pink dot points to the function that raises the needle after sewing; the green dot is for the foot pedal. “Bumpers” – a narrow stack of paper added to the sewing surface – keeps the fabric in place.

“They leave here knowing how to sew a straight seam, and they leave here proud,” she said. “This is why I'm doing this, to bring back the lost art of sewing.”

Prices start at $15 a project, including lesson and materials. The store also offers party packages with personalized invitations, pizza and more.

Sew Fun! is at 163 E. South Trade St., in Matthews, 704-254-9111; www.sewfunparties.com.

Did you know there are hidden treasures in your house? They may be sitting on a shelf, collecting dust. Buried in the attic under holiday lights. Wedged within a pile of things to take to the thrift store.

Darryl Cook can help you sell them.

Cook owns ShipOnSite of York, S.C., which also is an AuctionOnSite location. That means he and his staff will consign your items on the online auction site eBay. Just take them to the store, and they'll handle everything from pricing to photography to posting. If the items sell, they'll process the payments and ship them for you. No charge if it doesn't sell.

Cook recently added gift items to the store, like hooded Palmetto State sweatshirts, Gund Magnanimals, greeting cards, plus items that are too large to sell on eBay for shipping reasons – like a garden wagon selling for $50.

ShipOnSite is at 1420 Alexander Love Highway in York; 803-818-5133 or www.shiponsiteyork.com. Cheney Baltz

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