FORT MILL — For more than a decade, shoppers have spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Winter Wonderland Craft Fair checking items off their Christmas shopping list.
This year, shoppers will have a variety of items to choose from as more than 50 local and regional vendors fill the Dairy Barn on the Anne Springs Close Greenway with homemade and handcrafted items.
The craft show will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Among the vendors will be returning favorites, including jewelry makers, woodturners, and a seamstress that specializes in American Girl-sized clothing.
Vendors specialize in homemade and handcrafted items and will have gift ideas for children and adults, said Mina MacDonald, special event and volunteer coordinator.
Wooden toys, hair bows, baby quilts and pillowcase dresses will be among children’s items for sale. Bird feeders, pet beds, pottery and homemade soaps are among other gift items for sale.
While the shopping day after Thanksgiving is often known as Black Friday, the Saturday following Thanksgiving is becoming popular as Small Business Saturday.
The Winter Wonderland Craft Fair is the perfect way to shop many small businesses at one time, MacDonald said.
“I think people come back year after year because they know this is a great place to find locally made gifts that are unique,” MacDonald said. “Starting your Christmas shopping on Small Business Saturday is a great way to support local artisans and crafters while you tackle your shopping list.”
While shopping is the main focus of the craft fair, there is also plenty of fun for children. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance, and there will be a candy cane hunt at noon.
“The craft show brings people of all ages out. We have some fun interactive booths, like The Earring Man who will make you earrings from the beads you pick out. Kids and adults enjoy that,” MacDonald said.
“Santa also always takes some time to come down from the North Pole to visit with the kids and help them at the candy cane hunt.”
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