The Hornet's Nest Chapter of the Carolina Etsy Street Team will hold its first craft show, Carolina Craft Attack!, at Independence Neighborhood Park Saturday. Eighty vendors, from experienced craft fair veterans to first-timers, will offer a variety of handmade items – toys, accessories, clothes, soap, cards, and art prints.
Craft Attack! The first Carolina Craft Attack! will cover a lot of ground, literally, as the number of booths doubled since the festival was conceived last spring. “People kept trickling in as we realized how much room we had in the park,” says Sue Harnach, one of the group's organizers. Those organizers met through www.etsy.com, a Brooklyn-based online marketplace that serves as a storefront to more than 100,000 crafters from around the world. Their group began monthly meetings at Barnes and Noble at Carolina Place in early 2007. “We encourage anybody that wants to get together and work on crafts and share ideas about teaching and promotion.”
Early Holiday Shopping? As holiday season approaches amid an economic crunch, the event offers some truly unusual items, from hand-blended makeup to Dracula pigtail holders to olive earrings. “We've been really fortunate to get a broad spectrum (of crafters). Jewelry, felt toy making, handspun yarn, pottery,” says Harnach, whose craft fair experience includes 10 years at the Southern Christmas Show. “To be able to talk to the person that made (the gift) and to give a one-of-a-kind unique item…it makes a big difference when you meet the artist face to face and find out what inspired them to make that jewelry or toy. We've been calling it the ultimate craft crawl. That's our theme.”
Courtney Devores, Special to the Observer