Cricket's Nest Craft Shop 1976 to 2017--Celebrating 42 Years!
This is the small country store that would eventually become the Cricket's Nest, at its original location on Peacehaven Road. Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.
The Cricket’s Nest Craft Shop, opened in 1976, operated out of a little country store that was originally located on Peacehaven Road. The store, complete with a non-functioning gas pump, was donated to the City of Winston-Salem by the Glass family to be used for the Craft Shop and was moved to its present location at 4401 Country Club Road . The store looks much different now than it did in 1976. The original counter is still in use but the wood stove has been removed.
The craft shop was a vision of D. Sue Drummond (at that time, Assistant to the Director) of the City of Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department. Mrs. Drummond’s mother made crocheted items and enjoyed giving the things she made to the people in her life…”but after a while, you run out of family and friends to give things to.” Mrs. Drummond was sure there were others, like her Mom, who loved making crafts as well as those who would love to purchase the handmade crafts. And yes, there were many senior men and women who liked the idea of a members’ consignment shop for the display and selling of their crafts. Forty-one crafters joined and the little store was named "Cricket’s Nest" -- meaning “fair treatment by honorable craftsmen.” The shop has since grown to more than 3,000 square feet with over 4,300 members consigning their crafts through the years.
Today, there are over 600 actively participating Cricket’s Nest members at any given time making a wide variety of crafts ranging from beautiful furniture, crocheted and knitted items, children toys, floral arrangements and wreaths, original art and framed prints, baby layettes, jewelry, Moravian items and more. New items come in weekly. There is always something different to look for in the shop with each visit!