Big Crafty vendor website list here!
I had a chance to do some local Christmas shopping at the winter version of The Big Crafty at Pack Place yesterday with my friend Jennifer Saylor of Blog Asheville. The Big Crafty is such a fun way to kick off my holiday shopping because of the wide variety of interesting and unique finds you can make. And the Big Crafty is more than just a seasonal craft market, it represents the true entrepreneurial spirit of Asheville’s local arts community. Local and regional craft vendors don’t just create jaw droppingly cool independent handmade crafts and art for this show but lovely stands and displays for their wares too. Many of them work regular jobs as well as devoting their free time to their craft and their weekend to this venue. And there are plenty of full time artists there as well, folks who depend on sales opportunities like The Big Crafty to support local artists and their livelihoods.
For me personally, it’s also a parade of friends to see and check in on. I like to stand next to their booths and exclaim loudly about cool stuff on their table or how these are my favorite clothes or barker people over to see something they’ve made. Hey, I help where I can. But by now I’ve bummed you out because you’ve missed the show and will have to wait six months for another Big Crafty. Got you covered. Here are shout out links to some of my favorite Big Crafty vendors so you can go straight to them! And you don’t have to take my biased word for it, here’s the list for all of the vendors who participated in this season’s Big Crafty, it’s “Cyber Monday” after all and you’re still trying to kill time on the internet. I give you permission to go shopping and see them all.
Favorites: Rhetorical Factory (She makes my work shirts & is having a sale on her website right now!! ❤) – The Button Florist - The Village Potters - The Circle (The GD Dancing Bears!!) - Arts Alive! (Air plants! I got a beautiful piece from her this year for the green house.) Smiling Rock Box Shop