Whether you have a weakness for handmade jewelry or funky yard art, Sunday afternoon is the last chance to browse and shop at this year’s Craftsmen’s Classic at the State Fairgrounds.
In its 32nd visit to Columbia, the Craftsmen’s Classic features more than 250 vendors, crafters and artisans from more than 20 states. They will be selling their unique works, including pottery, fine art, glass, jewelry, baskets, woven goods, clothing, furniture, sculpture, photography and woodworks.
Carly Gilmore, advertising and marketing director for Gilmore Enterprises, the event’s producer, said outdoor and Easter items are always popular at their spring shows.
“With spring right around the corner, (yard art) is always a big hit,” she said. “There is everything from funky, whimsical ways to hang your planters and pots, metal work, and some unique recycled items turned into decorative conversation pieces.”
Many vendors are also willing to create custom work on site or add personalization to their items, Gilmore said.
Fashionistas also can find “statement” fashion pieces, many influenced by international trends. Gilmore said one vendor from Texas sells purses made out of cowboy boots – an unusual item that has been very popular across the country.
The Craftmen’s Classic is open Sunday from 11a.m.-5 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds. Admission is $7 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12.
The event also features several food vendors, many of whom offer samples, including cinnamon roasted almonds, Austrian Strudel, pickled homegrown vegetables and relishes, and homemade recipes of herbs, spices, oil and vinegars.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State