Local holiday shoppers will have the opportunity to feast their eyes on some of Columbia’s finest indie crafts at this year’s Crafty Feast.
The one-day-only event will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. This year they have enlisted the talents of 65 new crafters from South Carolina and Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Crafty Feast founder Debi Schadel says that the event allows for the indie craft movement to continue growing in Columbia.
“When I started it in 2009 the indie craft movement was kind of new and wasn’t around Columbia,” said Schadel. “I got the opportunity to do a festival in Eau Claire on North Main Street. All of the vendors were really happy to have this opportunity to sell their craft so we started Crafty Feast.”
Among the 65 crafters that will be attending the convention for the first time is Byfarr, stationary shop located in the Vista that boasts an early 1900’s letterpress machine.
Margaret Crabtree, Byfarr’s design and wedding coordinator, says that they were thrilled when they found out that their shop had been selected for Crafty Feast.
“Anything where you have to apply and get selected makes you happy that people want to see what you do,” Crabtree said. “We get a lot of traffic since we are right on the corner of Gervais and Huger streets and people come in all the time and have no idea what we do. So Crafty Feast will let us show the community what exactly it is we do.”
Crabtree says that the event will allow Byfarr to show attendees at the convention that their products are 100 percent unique and that it will help them network with other businesses in the area as well.
Another first-time crafter that will be displaying her talents at the convention is Megan George of The Zen Succulent, a North Carolina mother-daughter run business that makes modern terrariums.
Megan and her mother, Margaret George, have been creating the desk-friendly micro-ecosystems formally for a year and say that they are excited to participate in this year’s event.
“It is something that my mother and I love to do. We love plants and have green thumbs so to speak,” George said.
George says that the open environment and location are two of the best things about Crafty Feast.
“You get to see what customers like and what the trends are for the season. Our style is more modern and colorful but seeing other crafts does have some impact on our style,” George said.
Even though Byfarr and The Zen Succulent aren’t going to Crafty Feast to look for strategic partnerships, Schadel says that vendors who get picked up isn’t a rare occasion.
“Some crafters actually get picked up by brick-and-mortar stores,” Schadel said. “It gives crafters the opportunity to be seen by people and that is something you just can’t have on a website.”