Back in 2000, it was shepherd's crooks. Other years it was bedazzled lawn sprinklers. There may be no accounting for taste, but we can try to account for trends.
You can never quite predict exactly what the latest, hottest items at the Allentown Art Festival will be until you spot them in the crowd on festival weekend.
But, based on recent trends, Allentown Village Society President Rita Harrington-Lipman has a couple of ideas of what will draw the most requests during this year's fest. Here are two:
Mark Kuzio's 'Patio Flame'
A glazed clay pot with a can of isopropyl alcohol in the center, has been a hot seller (sorry not sorry) for the past few years.
"He does like 80 different glazes with a gel fuel that you put inside this thing," Harrington-Lipman said. "If you want one, you've got to get there early."
Kuzio's tent is on the west side of Delaware Avenue, just north of Allen Street.
Joy Duszynski's mosaic glass pieces
Joy Duszynski, of Minnesota, creates mosaic glass pieces that tend to fly off the shelves of her booth near Delaware Avenue and Edward Street.
"She does mosaic glass, so she makes turtles and pink pigs that are really cute," Harrington-Lipman said. "She does birdbaths and things like that, and she sells out on Saturday very often, too."
If you strike out with Duszynski or Kuzio, never fear: There are about 386 other exhibitors to choose from.
The Allentown Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 and 10 along Delaware Avenue from Tupper Street to North Street, Allen Street from Elmwood Avenue to Franklin Street, Franklin from Allen to Virginia Street and Virginia from Franklin to Delaware. The concurrent Allen West Festival runs along Allen Street from Elmwood Avenue to Wadsworth Street and Wadsworth to Hudson Street. Allen West runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 10. Visit allentownartfestival.com for more info.