Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic, which brings more than 300 crafters, artisans, artists and other exhibitors from 30 states to the SC State Fairgrounds beginning at 10 a.m. Friday.
It’s the 41st year that the show has travelled to Columbia.
The list of items is remarkably varied. Expect to see handwoven baskets, blown and fused glass pieces, clothing, toys, handmade soaps, fine art, quilts and other items. There will be a lot of jewelry as well, including works by Obayana Ajanaku, a self-taught metal worker who creates what he calls “wearable sculpture.”
“Each piece is a one-of-a-kind creation,” said Ajanaku, adding “he was inspired by his grandmother, who pieced together ornate quilts from varied fabrics. “I do the same with metal,” he saids of his intricate rings, necklaces and earrings.
Stacey Wright of Little Miss Fancy Paints is known for glass and ceramic bowls, coasters, cups and other useful items decorated with whimsical paintings of animals, holiday motifs and other themes like babies, sports and birthdays. “I’m probably best known for my pieces that feature dogs,” she said. “They’re inspired by my own silly dogs,”
Come hungry: in addition to giftable food like flavored oils and vinegars, honey, seasonings, soup mixes and pickles, you’ll be able to munch on sandwiches and salads, gourmet chips and roasted nuts. But don’t forget dessert – hot, freshly-backed strudel and ice cream will also be available.
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic runs from Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $6, good for all three days.
For more information and discount coupons, visit www.craftshow.com