Vendors filled the up- and downstairs halls at the Dec. 4 Big Crafty (noon-6 p.m.) at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Who would have imagined this local craft show outgrowing these corridors?
There were hand-crafted buttons, cake pops, pottery, posters, jewelry and soap. There wasn't the leisurely amble and joyous browse and chat feeling of Asheville's music-filled outdoor-style craft markets. This was an all-out rush, the kind some slow-Asheville types might protest. Even some merchants looked wary of the ravenous masses.
Maybe next year, the venue will grow to meet the demand. But today, despite the crowds, an effective space for buying locally made arts and crafts was what the Big Crafty gave Asheville for the holidays.
At the end of it all, soap-maker Tina Glenn (owner of Faerie Made) declared, "I'm very happy. It's my best year yet — I've done really well."