Maine made craft show comes to Augusta to help with last minute holiday shopping

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) Christmas is only 9 days away and many folks were out shopping this weekend.

Maine Made Crafts held a last minute arts and crafts fair in Augusta to help people get their holiday shopping done locally.

Steven Taylor, the show Chairman says, "This is the last craft show of the season. This is where all the stops are pulled."

This weekend long craft fair featured 56 vendors offering unique locally made gifts to place under your tree.

Taylor says, "Christmas ornaments. We have wildlife painting by Terri Mason. We have jewelry. We have photography. We have pebble art. There's a little bit of everything for somebody."

Each vendor is a small New England owned business.

Taylor says, "That's what we are here for. We want to bring the small businesses to you."

Businesses like the Bar Harbor based Acadia Image Arts.

Darrin Stavnesli, of Acadia Image Arts says, "We do a variety of locally made products giving folks something from Maine. We do glass balls that are lined with lobster shells, mussel shells, clam shells, different variations of sea glass. My wife does hand-painted work on lobster shells. Things that are actually a representation of Maine."

They have shipped their product all over the U.S. but say craft fairs are a great place to sell.

Stavnesli says, "It's nice to have folks who are coming in to look for something a little bit more personal, a little more locally made instead of a box or a massed produced item. It's something that's a little bit more of a thoughtful gift versus something you just kind of grab and go."

Taylor says, "The last minute craft show is exactly that. We set up for people to come in to get that last minute Christmas shopping done. We know you're out there, we know you want to shop local, you want the small business. We are here for you. If you ever need to find anybody that was at one of our shows just give us a call and we can get you that information."

Maine Made Crafts shows say their next season is already shaping up to be much bigger than the last.

To see schedules and to learn more visit newenglandcraftfairs.com.