Craft Show Season in Central Virginia

by on August 30th, 2010
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Although Black Friday sales will offer great prices on many items at big box stores, the dollars spent support goods made mostly out of our country. One option to find unique gifts and keep money in the local economy is to shop at craft shows.

All through central Virginia, crafters have spent the past few months working on their goods in advance of the busiest craft season of the year. Communities and churches throughout the area use craft shows as a way to help others. Many of the shows are fundraisers to help the needy or local organizations.

Aside from the good you can do for the local economy, there are so many choices at craft shows. From scarves to doll clothes, home decor to hand-carved Santas, scrapbooks to baked goods, there’s something for everyone on your list.

Prices vary on items for sale from low to high so there’s something for every budget too. There are usually food vendors selling chili or Brunswick stew and baked goods too.

This weekend there are many craft shows happening in central Virginia including Winter Market at Liberty University, Campbell County Rescue Squad Fall Crafts/Art Show on Rainbow Forest Drive, Christmas Bazaar at The Church of the Epiphany in Amherst, Holiday Bazaar at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Clay Street, and Christmas Festival at Hunting Creek Baptist Church in Big Island.

One of my favorites food treats from craft shows is the kettle corn, always served hot and fresh. Some great items I’ve found this year at craft shows include hair bows for my little granddaughter, personalized baby blankets, a great selection of UVA and Virginia Tech items, lighted wooden Christmas trees, purses and wallets with many themes, American Girl doll clothes, crocheted dolls, cupcake pin cushions, and handmade bird houses.

Crafted items are available year round at several area locations including Lynchburg Community Market’s Heritage Crafters Gallery on Main Street in Lynchburg, Sweet Caroline Gifts on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, and Bedford General Store on Bridge Street in Bedford.

Think before you spend this holiday season. With the economy in a down time, supporting local artisans is a great way to keep the dollars within your community.

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