QUINCY -- The weather outside Washington Theater on Saturday afternoon was unseasonably pleasant for early December. The sun was shining and the thermometer was holding steady in the low 60s.
Inside the theater, though, it was an entirely different story. The most apt description of the conditions was probably "brrrrrrrr."
No one, however, was complaining about the semi-frosty environment.
"The chilly temperature just adds to the atmosphere," said Monica Casaday of Unionville, Mo., one of about 20 vendors on hand for the sixth annual ChristKindl Market, sponsored by the District and presented by Quincy Medical Group.
Casaday, like most of the vendors and shoppers, utilized stocking caps, gloves and light winter coats to stay warm inside the historic theater -- a building that dates back to 1924 and once hosted Vaudeville shows.
Shopping traffic was steady throughout the day for an event that allowed attendees the opportunity buy a wide variety of crafts, ranging from all sorts of woodworking to copper jewelry and all sorts of holiday items. The market drew vendors from across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
The ChristKindl Market's three-day stay at the Washington Theater concludes Sunday with an 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. shopping window. Admission is $3.
"It's been a wonderful weekend, the beginning of the holiday season," said Bruce Guthrie, executive director of the District.
Monica Scholz of Quincy was at the market inspecting some of the jewelry items.
"You can feel the holiday spirit," she said. "It's great to see people coming downtown to something like this, and I hope people see the possibility of (the Washington Theater) as a venue."
The site's Mediterranean and Byzantine architecture, accented by holiday lighting, provided a picturesque backdrop for the market experience.
"This is very charming," said Angela Linder of Quincy, one of the vendors who describes herself as an "artist, picker and upcycle designer of furniture and finds."
Linder may have enjoyed the event more than most. Her colorful background includes having been a nurse and glass blower, but says her true passion is art.
"If I'm covered in paint, I'm happy," she said.
Susan Daggett of Quincy attended the market with her sister, Linda Petty, who lives in Iowa.
Although Daggett was at the event as a shopper, she is also a vendor and enjoys attending these type of experiences "just to look around." Among Daggett's favorite vendors are those who deal in woodworking.
"I like the same things she does," Petty said.
Shoppers also found themselves entertained in other ways. Santa Claus and local performers -- such as the Quincy Notre Dame Madrigal Choir -- appeared throughout the day to create an even more festive atmosphere.
"It's been a great event, and a great weekend," Guthrie said.