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Annual craft show ready to dazzle

For 34 years, Jonesborough’s Holiday Craft Show has been known as one of the premiere holiday shopping events of the season. This year’s show will take place on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center.
Featuring nearly 40 juried vendors specializing in handmade items, the show offers selections in home décor, jewelry, pottery and other items specific to fall, Thanksgiving, winter and Christmas themes.
“There has been an overwhelming response from vendors across the region for this year’s show,” Director of Tourism & Marketing Alicia Phelps said. “Several returning craft vendors applied for the 2015 event during last year’s show because spaces typically fill up very fast for the three marketplace areas.”
Along with a number of popular vendors returning, the show has also experienced an increase in applications from new crafters mostly from the surrounding Tri-Cities region.
The vendors have developed a good reputation with their handcrafted items, and many have a following of patrons that come to visit and shop with them at each show.
“We want to make this event enjoyable and worthwhile for crafters, while encouraging folks to shop local and support businesses in Jonesborough while they are here,” Phelps said. “And in addition to our local residents, the craft show draws people from all over East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina.”
Jonesborough’s Holiday Craft Show has become a tradition for groups wanting to make a day or weekend out of a trip to the area.
“I have seen patrons come back each year to visit a specific vendor at this show,” Phelps said. “A lot of people attend both days because there is a lot to see, and it’s great to have so many quality artists and craftspeople in the same location.”
Some vendors sell out of their products on the first day and often stay up late making additional products for the second day of the event. Other vendors have selected Jonesborough’s Holiday Craft Show as their only event of the season, as preparations take many months of work for them to keep up with the demand from patrons.
“There are a couple vendors who have been participating in the show for years, and they end up going home on the first night and making more products due to the high demand from the shoppers,” Phelps said. “Fudge is always a big hit, as well as a variety of wreaths and woodwork items.”
Some of the most popular items at the show include handmade jewelry from unusual items such as guitar picks, beads and other one-of-a-kind gifts that can be personalized. A variety of scarves and crochet items will also be featured this year, along with pottery, indoor and outdoor home decor and handmade wood items.
The Holiday Craft Show includes two indoor marketplaces and an outdoor marketplace located inside the Jonesborough Visitors Center and surrounding parking lot.
“The Outdoor Marketplace is a really fun area that includes items made from barn wood, fresh from the farm items, as well as gifts for children and adults,” Phelps said. “The outdoor area also features handmade soaps, and primitive items you would find on Pinterest or Etsy. Halo Dips will be located outside with a variety of handmade dips to accompany food, as well as BullDog Hot Dogs.”
Admission to the 34th annual Jonesborough Holiday Craft Show is $1. Proceeds benefit free children’s activities during the Christmas in Olde Jonesborough event series such as At Home with Santa. For more information call 753-1010 or visit Historic Jonesborough on Facebook.